Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms Ocean Commitment III

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Ocean Commitment III

Blancpain and the ocean go hand-in-hand so it’s no surprise they have a pretty big interest in preserving it. Their latest Ocean Commitment limited edition is just one step they’ve taken to help matters, but it’s also a very handsome one indeed.

Released on World Ocean Day (June 8th in case it wasn’t in your calendar), the Blancpain Ocean Commitment III is pretty much a slightly cooler version of last year’s Mil-Spec – which you can check out here – with the water seal indicator replaced by that of the Ocean Commitment.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Ocean Commitment III

As ever it takes its cues from the original 1950s Fifty Fathoms (as have most diving watches after it), with the usual lume – here an almost vintage yellowish hue – and bold diving bezel. It might be in the upper reaches pricewise, but it’s a flawless professional diving watch.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Ocean Commitment III

It has to be really; it’s the watch of choice for Mr. Laurent Ballesta, an underwater photographer you’ll catch a glimpse of in our upcoming July print issue, and who you may have seen in National Geographic. He’s also the reason the partnership between Blancpain and… well, the seven seas, seems more than a cash-grab.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Ocean Commitment III

Aside from the necessary water resistance, the watch houses blancpain’s own caliber 1151, which you can see through the exhibition case back. Complete with a silicon hairspring and a massive four-day power reserve, reliable is an understatement.

Will this limited edition actually help? it takes a good amount of naivete to think a watch can save the oceans, but any raising of awareness is a good thing. Plus, if it results in as good-looking a diver as this, does it matter?

Price & Specs:

    • Model name: Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Ocean Commitment III (Ref. 5008-11B40-52A)
    • Dial/Case: 40.30mm, Satin-brushed stainless steel case
    • Movement: Calibre Blancpain 1151 – self-winding with central rotor
    • Power reserve: 96h
      Strap: Blue sail-canvas strap and extra blue NATO strap
    • Price: CHF 16,000

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Sam Kessler

Legend has it that Sam’s first word was ‘escapement’ and, while he might have started that legend himself, he’s been in the watch world long enough that it makes little difference. As the editor of Oracle Time, he’s our leading man for all things horological – even if he does love yellow dials to a worrying degree. Owns a Pogue; doesn’t own an Oyster Perpetual. Yet.

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