The Fifty Fathoms was and still is perhaps the most incredible jump watches ever. Dispatched in 1953, it was one of the first (if not the primary) professional plunge watches created. At the point when Blancpain revisited the model in 2003, it already featured some vintage components. Given the current fever for vintage, the brand is genuinely committed to creating re-editions of its past watches. Today Blancpain revisits one of these rare forms, a 1960s model delivered to the German Bundesmarine. Meet the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda Re-Edition.
When it was first dispatched in 1953, the Fifty Fathoms was the solitary jumper’s watch that met the numerous requirements of particular jumpers. Frogmen from a few of the world’s biggest marine corps quickly fused it as a central component in their standard-issue gear. The French were the first to outfit themselves with Fifty Fathoms models for their submerged missions.
Other military powers followed, incorporating the German Bundesmarine during the 1960s (and as indicated by Phillips Watches , additionally the Polish Navy). The Bundesmarine was provided with Fifty Fathoms models by means of Barakuda – a company spend significant time in the creation and advertising of specialized jumping gear. Close by the watches planned for the military, the company acquainted the German market with a regular citizen model with a particular style with two-tone rectangular hour-markers, white-painted fluorescent hands, just as an exceptionally obvious date show at 3 o’clock. A few watches in this arrangement were fitted with a tropical-type elastic lash that was mainstream with jumpers at that point and especially renowned for its solidness just as its wearer comfort.
Based on these unmistakable components, what separate the Fifty Fathoms Barakuda (or Barracuda) from the rest of the watches in the assortment, Blancpain presents a vintage re-edition dependent on the advanced Fifty Fathoms watch.
The 2019 Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda Re-Edition
The new Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda must be viewed as a recognition more than a 100% precise recreation of the past model. For sure, just the dial of the 1960s watch has been utilized here, the rest satisfies with the advanced guidelines of the assortment. All things considered, Blancpain has created one genuinely engaging watch here.
For this new form, the base is natural and relies on the exemplary round instances of the assortment, with its signature sapphire precious stone bezel. It is to be noted however that Blancpain has selected here for an entirely reasonable breadth of simply above 40mm, making this piece perhaps the littlest adaptation in the assortment – together with the Tribute To Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC , with which it shares the vast majority of the specialized components. The case is water-resistant to 300m, features discreet crown monitors and measures 13.23mm in height.
The primary advancement concerns the dial, which is presented in profound dark. Much the same as the more seasoned form, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda features the ordinary huge, rectangular, red and cream hour-markers covered with “old radium” type Super-LumiNova. The brilliant pencil-molded hands are white-lacquered, while the date – a critical component of the first model – returns to its 3 o’clock position, with a white circle encompassed by a white edge. The sapphire gem bezel, an accolade for the old bakelite embeds, adheres to the traditional jewel molded marker at 12 o’clock and similar scale as other forms of the Fifty Fathoms, notwithstanding, all are currently executed in “old radium” to coordinate with the dial.
To remain steady with the vintage theme and the watch that inspired this new creation, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda Re-Edition is worn on a dark tropical-type elastic strap.
Powering this new watch is the notable type 1151, a hearty programmed development, with a focal rotor, a frequency of 21,600 vibrations/hour and a strong 100-hour power reserve – because of a twin-barrel architecture. Obvious through the sapphire gem, it is pleasantly beautified with Geneva stripes and chamfered spans. It is twisted by a darkened cut-out rotor.
Price and availability
The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda Re-Edition (reference 5008B-1130-B52A) is a restricted edition of 500 pieces. It will be estimated at CHF 14,500. More subtleties at blancpain.com .