Watch of the week: Blancpain “Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC”

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In the hustle and bustle of Baselworld, some new watches simply stand out. One of them was the Blancpain “Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC”. The name of this watch says it all; it is a tribute to the Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC of the 1950’s. As much as we take water resistance for granted these days, this wasn’t always the case. Blancpain dedicated considerable effort and resources in the early 1950’s to create a good divers watch. In those days there weren’t many around and even fewer that would meet the demands of professional divers. The Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC can, therefore, be seen as the ultimate recognition of this extraordinary watch.

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