Hands-on with the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda

Sep 21, 2019,03:57 AM

The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Barakuda was received enthusiastically when introduced on May 17th. Now that delivery through the Blancpain Boutiques has started, let's take a closer look at it. 


Inspired by the 1968 vintage timepiece that got its name from the German military equipment distributor Barakuda, the Fifty Fathoms Barakuda reference 5008B-1130-B52A is standing faithful to its iconic predecessor, particularly when you look at the dial, the date window and the hands. 




The bezel has obviously been changed to the modern day sapphire version. The indications on the bezel are consistent with the Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MilSpec from 2017, and they are a compromise between the two known versions of the 1968 Barakuda which had either a calibration for 60 minutes or only a diamond at the 12 o'clock position. 



To stay close to the original the shape of the bezel is different than the MilSpec or the OC III: with a coin edge design it is reminiscent to the original Barakuda. This little detail creates a significantly different look, together with the Barakuda dial layout the timepiece looks a bit larger than the previous 40mm Fifty Fathoms timepieces. 



When I encountered the Barakuda for the first time in May, I had no opportunity to see it on the Tropic strap, which was created as a reminiscence to the straps that were so popular with dive watches from the 1950s and 1960s. This new one however is not the shiny plastic strap in those years, it's made from a slightly elastic rubber that feels very comfortable and looks just fantastic. 



The beautifully curved 40.3mm is well known, and when you turn the watch over you will find calibre 1151 with the usual beautiful decoration, albeit with a new rotor design that can also be found in the other 2019 Fifty Fathoms novelties. 



Now, let the photos tell the story of the new Fifty Fathoms Barakuda in various settings and under different light conditions, with a focus on a number of wrist shots that hopefully transport the excellent feel once you strap it on ;-) 









I hope you enjoyed the hands-on report and the photos. 


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Thanks a lot, my friend! [nt]

 By: shortys home : September 21st, 2019-06:58

Thank you ๐Ÿ™ [nt]

 By: shortys home : September 21st, 2019-06:59

Thanks, Henrik! [nt]

 By: Dmitriy : September 21st, 2019-10:29

Beautful photo report Henrik - as always!

 By: Mach : September 21st, 2019-05:27
I really like that strap combination. Looking forward to a similar report on the Air Command!


 By: InDebtButOnTime : September 21st, 2019-06:16
Now I know why I recently passed on a Parmigiani (can't buy 'em all!). Looking forward to seeing this FF in person. Great photos!

Thank you very much! [nt]

 By: shortys home : September 21st, 2019-06:57

Since the photos are distorted when using the App or a phone, here they are again in flawless quality...

 By: shortys home : September 21st, 2019-06:56
... my apologies for having tried an embedding that does not seem to work with the site ๐Ÿ˜‡ Cheers Henrik ...  

Terrific photos . . .

 By: M4 : September 21st, 2019-08:18
. . . of a very cool watch. Thanks for posting. M4

Thanks, mate! [nt]

 By: shortys home : September 21st, 2019-09:00

Your photos are stunning!

 By: FlyingSnoopy : September 21st, 2019-08:41
Bravo! Once you receive it then you have to tell us if the milspec is still your favourite or this will still its place. Cheers!

I have to order one too...

 By: FlyingSnoopy : September 21st, 2019-09:19
It looks great!

Had the chance...

 By: FlyingSnoopy : November 3rd, 2019-10:42
To see the Barakuda up close this weekend Gorgeous! Hopefully I can get one! Cheers

Good luck, my friend ๐Ÿ€ [nt]

 By: shortys home : November 4th, 2019-01:35

Thank you...

 By: FlyingSnoopy : November 4th, 2019-08:49
Hopefully the boutique will be able to get me one... Cheers

Thanks a lot! [nt]

 By: shortys home : September 21st, 2019-12:09

This Barakuda sang to me the moment I saw marketing photos from Blancpain...

 By: YpJ : September 21st, 2019-11:16
...and now that I've seen these incredible pictures there's no doubt I I'd love to experience owning one. Thank you for the beautiful pics and enjoy your newest acquisition

Glad you enjoyed the photos! [nt]

 By: shortys home : September 21st, 2019-12:09

Thank you for improving your photography!

 By: Pour le Mรฉrite : September 21st, 2019-12:07
Very enjoyable to look at.

Thank you! [nt]

 By: shortys home : September 22nd, 2019-02:24

Stunning shots dear Henrik ! I the bezel works really well with the flatter profile and the whole balance of color and size is perfect - I think this is my preferred model ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜ŽBut my mind

 By: templetowers : September 21st, 2019-23:59
does keep changing ... In addition, By BP framing the date, it ties it in the the rest of the dial really well, and the hands are so so nice


 By: MichaelC : September 23rd, 2019-09:15
You make this watch come alive in these photos. I adore the profile shot, even though it appears massively thick. The shape is divine.

Thank you very much! [nt]

 By: shortys home : September 25th, 2019-09:07

Barakuda pick up.

 By: _Martijn_ : October 26th, 2019-06:14
Incoming Barakuda ...  

Too cool! [nt]

 By: amanico : October 26th, 2019-06:52


 By: swalexander4 : October 22nd, 2019-12:17
Beautiful watch and awesome pictures! Do you happen to know the top to bottom lug-to-lug length? Iโ€™ve been searching all over but I canโ€™t seem to find that info anywhere... Thanks so much for posting!

Thanks so much! [nt]

 By: swalexander4 : October 28th, 2019-09:35