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9 July
Unique Barakuda Watch Model from Blancpain for the Only Watch Auction
Blancpain has supported the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy since 2001 when the organization was officially established. This year the brand once again reaffirms its loyalty to the Only Watch program by presenting a unique watch that was inspired by the Barakuda model from the Fifty Fathoms collection. This one-of-a-kind watch was specifically created for the auction that will be held in Geneva on November 9, 2019.
When first launched in 1953, the Fifty Fathoms was the very first modern diving watch. Frogmen from several of the world’s largest marine corps rapidly incorporated it as a fundamental element in their standard-issue gear. The French were the first to equip themselves with Fifty Fathoms models for their underwater missions. Other military elites followed, including the German Bundesmarine in the 1960s. The latter were supplied with Fifty Fathoms models via Barakuda – a company specializing in the production and marketing of technical diving equipment. Alongside the watches intended for the military, the company introduced the German market to a civilian model adopting a distinctive style, notably featuring the use of two-tone rectangular hour-markers, white-painted fluorescent hands, as well as a highly visible date display at 3 o’clock. Some timepieces in this series were fitted with a tropical- type rubber strap that was very popular with divers at the time and particularly renowned for its durability as well as its wearer comfort.
The new Fifty Fathoms Barakuda for Only Watch faithfully reinterprets the aesthetic codes of this timepiece from the late 1960s, while making the most of the technical innovations stemming from Blancpain’s longstanding watchmaking experience. Its black dial is punctuated by broad white hour- markers in Super-LumiNova® with blue luminescence, like the hands and bezel. 
The pencil-shaped hands are white-lacquered and the seconds hand is rimmed with light blue, while the date – a key element of the original model – returns to its favorite position in a prominent window. Blancpain has teamed these vintage attributes with its emblematic unidirectional bezel featuring here light blue graduations, along with a scratch-resistant domed sapphire insert – an innovation unveiled by the brand in 2003.

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