Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda: Catching a Rare Fish

30.05.2019

A very interesting limited edition resurrecting the design of a military diver from late 1960s.


The essential Blanpain collection bears the title of the oldest diver watch of the industry. It has been produced in countless versions, and unsurprisingly some of the long-discontinued designs are still loved and missed by collectors and enthusiasts alike. The now-revived Barakuda from the late 1960s is clearly one of those. As you’d expect from the military inspired piece, the legibility here is flawless. The black dial is punctuated by large two-tone hour-markers coated with Super-LumiNova, the pencil-shaped hands are white-lacquered, and the date window is in contrasting white. The bezel is, of course, unidirectional and has a scratch-resistant domed sapphire insert.


The steel round case is water-resistant up to 300 meters, and measures 40 mm in diameter, a size reserved only for limited series Fifty Fathoms. The watch is powered by a self-winding and nicely decorated movement with slightly cut-out rotor, seen through transparent sapphire-crystal caseback. Thanks to its twin barrels, the watch has a solid 100-hour power reserve. The piece comes with tropical rubber strap identical to that of the historical models, adding to the overall sporty vibe. The production of a new Barakuda is limited to 500 pieces.