Which do you prefer, and why?

Jan 08, 2023,16:56 PM

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec Hodinkee Edition

Reference: 5008 11B30 NABA


Blancpain Fifty Fathoms No Rad Limited Edition REF 5008D-1130-B64A

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I like the faux patina on the no rad

 By: andrea~ : January 8th, 2023-17:02
But I don't like the big logo on either of them

Anytime 😀

 By: Ajas : January 9th, 2023-03:48

No Date 👍

 By: India Whiskey Charlie : January 8th, 2023-17:15

Hodinkee -- simpler, better integrated

 By: JohnFM : January 8th, 2023-17:17
The No Rad is a bit of a hodge-podge. Some nice elements (and I don't even mind the date here) but there's just a lot going on and the No Rad indicator is distracting.

Have to agree

 By: JV_Zag : January 8th, 2023-17:40
Maybe the no rad but the bezel makes it a bit overwhelming

no date

 By: BigAppleBill : January 8th, 2023-18:35

This is the best combo

 By: bsandovalb : January 9th, 2023-05:47
At least for me ...  

This is THE combo. ;)

 By: amanico : January 9th, 2023-06:04

No date, no question.

 By: Jay (Eire) : January 8th, 2023-20:42

Personally the no date

 By: Aquaracer1 : January 8th, 2023-21:28
Version for me

Hodinkee Mil-Spec

 By: Treiz1337 : January 8th, 2023-22:32
The milspec because there is No Date window, No Blancpain inscribe on the side of the case, no faux patina, no mirror polish case, and working moister indicator.


 By: jrbar-on : January 8th, 2023-23:38
IMHO this one is much more symmetrical and I just don’t like th polished case on the No-rad version. Cheers, Jonathan

the H version for sure

 By: blau : January 9th, 2023-03:40
that's my favorite Fifty Fathoms variation! Most of the H collaborations I feel miss the desirability mark in some small way but not this one--it's just right!

The Mil Spec

 By: bsandovalb : January 9th, 2023-05:49
But I am biased.... just love it! ...  

By far the No Rad…

 By: shortys home : January 9th, 2023-14:49
… based on the late 1960s RPGA1, which also had a date 😉 Let me explain why this is such a clear call for me. The 40mm FF editions have never been meant to be close to their inspirations, but a blend of heritage elements with a modern FF. The No Rad embod... 


 By: Nicetomeetyou : January 10th, 2023-13:35
No date, brushed case wins. The absence of the engraved BP name on the side as well. For the a blanc pain with a date, I prefer the Barracuda edition. The best designed Hodinkee BP LE one so far uses the Bathyscaphe case IMO.

This one. The Bathyscaphe 38mm case.

 By: Nicetomeetyou : January 23rd, 2023-23:39
I think the slimmer chamfered lugs work so much better with the FF dial. Credit EWC ...  

Neither one for me - wrong lugs, wrong case/bazel proportions, totally wrong watch impression if compared to the historical FF.

 By: chronos-lorien : January 21st, 2023-21:11
It’s strange why Blancpain still has not released 100% reissue of the historical FF having so strong background.

Does the chubby hour hand on the hodinkee bother anyone else other than me?

 By: rkh8691 : January 25th, 2023-23:23
I struggle getting past this. I like faux patina and date windows. There, I said it! Give the the Barakuda or the Blancpain Mil Spec (non Hodinkee)