Having fun with the Tribute to Mil-spec...

Dec 31, 2017,02:13 AM

Hi all

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!

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Congratulations on a great watch.

 By: zabreg1 Mr White : December 31st, 2017-03:25
The size is perfect, for me at least, and it really executes the tribute well. I have not had the chance to use it in everyday life, but I agree with your statement about the 'sweet spot'. Oh, and great to see it used for its intended purpose. Well done. ... 

Last shot looks like New Year fireworks! :)

 By: blomman Mr Blue : December 31st, 2017-03:51
Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this one. Best Blomman

This certainly is a very nice Fifty Fathoms you got. The only thing which bugs me is the date.

 By: amanico : January 1st, 2018-03:07
BUT it is just me. There are many who are not bothered by that, but I prefer without to be closer to the original legendary Milspec. Enjoy yours, it is a beauty, and your pictures give justice to this watch. As for your indicator, I never heard, here or t... 

Change to single shoulder springbars

 By: Ceramic1 : January 5th, 2018-23:54
I change straps on a daily basis on my milspec. Takes less then 10 seconds with new spring bars ...  

Many thanks...

 By: pfang56 : January 6th, 2018-11:12
Your photos look outstanding! Are the straps Blancpain or third party? Do you have a place to get the single shoulder spring Bars? Cheers Peter


 By: Ceramic1 : January 10th, 2018-13:15
The black nato is blancpain. Rest is not. I ordered the spring bars from Otto frei. Today's strap is a hirsh Arne ...  

Do you know if

 By: ripper444 : September 2nd, 2019-14:42
The spring bars would work for the 45mm FF? If so what and where do I order them from?

Awesome watch

 By: Keet Huang : December 29th, 2018-00:00
Wow we have the exact combo, 5164 and my recent pick up Mil Spec Agree to everything u said about Mil Spec, as I am looking to change mil spec strap too. Been told that I would need 2 0.9m hex.. But thinking to bring it to my AD as I have never done a Bla...  

No hex screws,...

 By: shortys home : December 29th, 2018-01:06
... those are found on the 45mm FF only. Cheers Henrik

Beautiful photos! As ceramic1 wrote, change to spring bars...

 By: shortys home : December 29th, 2018-01:13
... those are available at Blancpain, since the OC III already has those. Blancpain quickly changed that after the difficulty owners of the MilSpec had changing straps. Cheers Henrik

Special tool to change strap

 By: Keet Huang : January 3rd, 2019-00:09
Thanks for help.. I took my mil spec to a Blancpain AD (we don’t have a Blancpain boutique here), and they need to send it to a watchmaker with the right tool. So I want to know 1. Should I buy the special tool from Blancpain? Will it make the job easier?...