The ‘Only Watch’ charity auction in 2017 will be held in Geneva on November 11th at 2:30 pm. At that time, Blancpain will once again present a single-volume watch that is limited to one piece in the world. The inspiration for the production of this orphan watch comes from the “Respect for the Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC” re-engraved at the Basel Watch Fair this year.
All the proceeds from the ‘Only Watch’ charity auction are donated to the Monaco Association against Muscular Dystrophy (AMM). AMM was established in 2001. For 17 years, Blancpain has provided firm support to the AMM Association. , And actively participate in various operational matters organized by the association:
Blancpain is the first and only watch brand to participate in the Only One charity auction in 2001 and 2003. It is the predecessor of Today Only Charity Auction;
All six auctions since the official establishment of Only Watch in 2005 have not been absent from Blancpain. In 2017, Blancpain glorified and participated in the 7th Only Watch Charity Auction.
This ‘Only Watch’ watch pays tribute to the 50-year-old MIL-SPEC, equipped with Blancpain’s own 1151 self-winding movement. The movement consists of 210 parts and is equipped with two main barrels connected in series, ensuring a power reserve of up to 4 days. The watch is equipped with a stainless steel case with a diameter of 40 mm. Through the sapphire crystal on the back of the watch, the movement and the gold oscillating weight coated with NAC (a platinum alloy) are clearly visible, and the ‘Blancpain’ classic logo and the ‘Only Watch’ logo on the oscillating weight are also immediately visible. .
The new MIL-SPEC orphan replica watch has all the characteristics of professional diving watches. These characteristics were first established by the Fifty Fathoms watch released in 1953, and then adopted by the entire watch industry. This watch is the only one of its kind in the world, with a black dial and graduated indexes with a Super-LuminNova yellow luminous coating. These elements are exactly the same as the MILSPEC 1 watch introduced in the 1950s. On the watch dial, the date is displayed in yellow, and the humidity indicator is still at six o’clock. Black unidirectional rotating bezel with yellow fluorescent scale and arched sapphire crystal bezel. This is a major innovation introduced by Blancpain on the 50th anniversary of the 50th anniversary in 2003, which aims to provide comprehensive protection for the fluorescent scale on the bezel. The new MIL-SPEC solitary replica watch is water-resistant to 30 bar (about 300 meters in depth) and is equipped with a NATO military strap.
As the pioneer of modern diving watches, the first Fifty Fathoms watch released in 1953 was designed by Jean-Jacques Fichte, then CEO of Blancpain. This watch was worn by French Navy diving commandos in the 1950s. Jean-Jacques Fichte knew that a reliable watch was vital to the safety of divers, so he decided to add a humidity indicator to the watch. In case of water vapor infiltration, the white part of the disc will turn red at 6 o’clock on the dial to serve as a warning. This watch is called the Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC 1, and was selected by the US Navy from 1957 to 1958.