After recently joining the Blancpain club a few weeks ago with the Tribute to Mil-Spec I have been enjoying time with the watch. It’s a really special piece - certainly understated and versatile as a holiday watch and not something you will see all the time on wrists of other holiday makers (seems like lots of Patek Nautilus - Two 5990’s, two 5711’s, and other Models as well as Rolex and Panerai).
A few things I’ve enjoyed -
+ 40mm works well - I’ve taken a photo below next to my Patek Aquanaut - pretty similar in feeling and can be worn in different occasions
+ there’s a very bright lume throughout (see shaky photo below night diving after a nice charge from the torch)
+ the sapphire bezel is extraordinary - scratch proof so far and a very nice glossy detail
+watch is keeping great time - around +1 second per day
On the flip side - some things I wish they could improve
-the sailcloth strap - it’s a bit short and the underside already shows some wear - hence looking forward to the fancy NATO strap
-the indicator - while my indicator clearly shows white and orange - I do see in different lighting conditions a faint grey spot here or there. I might ask the dealer for feedback when I return
-strap changing - I know this will be a burden so once I get the NATO I might as well leave it on, but it’s something that would be nice to make easier
All in all - a really great timepiece and a very nice introduction to Blancpain. Certainly I could have purchased a nice Seadweller for less or a Patek Aquanaut 5167 for a little more - but this hits a very nice sweet spot for me.
Cheers all and happy new year!