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    I wear a 45mm FF dark knight and have got used to it's size. The 48mm lug to lug helps on my 6.7" wrist.
    I bought a 43mm bathyscaphe but found the straight lugs caused overhang so sold it.
    Today I was invited to try the mil spec and 38mm bathyscaphe.




    Of the two, the blue bathyscaphe was my favourite but at 38mm was too small for my taste. The mil spec was lovely but with the thick bezel wore smaller than I was hoping.

    Next to my dark knight it looks titchy.



    I was then introduced to a Basel model I must have missed. A 45mm FF with blue dial and blue bezel in brushed titanium. It was gorgeous and is now top of my shopping list. In my excitement I didn't take a pic. ARGGGGHH.

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    Did your dealer have a mil spec available to order? Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kash View Post
    Did your dealer have a mil spec available to order? Thanks
    I was at the Blancpain boutique in New Bond Street. The assistant gave the impression I could order one but I didn't ask as was unsure. She said it was limited to 500 but did not say they were all sold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    I was at the Blancpain boutique in New Bond Street. The assistant gave the impression I could order one but I didn't ask as was unsure. She said it was limited to 500 but did not say they were all sold.
    I was told a couple of weeks ago when I tried one on, that the boutique were getting three and all had a name against them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbn13 View Post
    I was told a couple of weeks ago when I tried one on, that the boutique were getting three and all had a name against them.
    Yep thats what i was told by their boutique manager.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbn13 View Post
    I was told a couple of weeks ago when I tried one on, that the boutique were getting three and all had a name against them.
    I've heard 5 watches to the Amsterdam Tourbillon store and a waiting list of 55 people.
    So my guess is all 500 are pre booked. Very much looking forward to getting mine even if the delivery now seems to be due September/October. :(

    And thanks to the photos guys! It's almost worth a trip to London to see it in the flesh even if I have ordered one. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    I was then introduced to a Basel model I must have missed. A 45mm FF with blue dial and blue bezel in brushed titanium. It was gorgeous and is now top of my shopping list. In my excitement I didn't take a pic. ARGGGGHH.
    New Bond St. should be getting them in - very friendly staff.

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    Slightly off topic. With my schoolboy French, Blancpain translates to English as "white bread". Would you buy a watch called a "Whitebread"? 😀😀

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robsmck View Post
    Slightly off topic. With my schoolboy French, Blancpain translates to English as "white bread". Would you buy a watch called a "Whitebread"? 

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    That's exactly what my wife called mine. If you translate as a single word it stays the same, but split it into two words and you get white bread.

    It did hack me off a bit having my watch referred to as white bread.

    Don't miss it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robsmck View Post
    Slightly off topic. With my schoolboy French, Blancpain translates to English as "white bread". Would you buy a watch called a "Whitebread"? 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wallasey Runner View Post
    That's exactly what my wife called mine. If you translate as a single word it stays the same, but split it into two words and you get white bread.

    It did hack me off a bit having my watch referred to as white bread.
    Well, it's a surname, so the more exact translation would be "Whitbread".

    Presumably the original family name arose from a family of craftsman bakers who were known for the refinement of their bread in a time when most bread was coarser than we are now conditioned to expect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seffrican View Post
    Well, it's a surname, so the more exact translation would be "Whitbread".

    Presumably the original family name arose from a family of craftsman bakers who were known for the refinement of their bread in a time when most bread was coarser than we are now conditioned to expect.
    Original owner was Villeret and then taken over by Blancpain.
    For a while the name was Rayville-Blancpain, Rayville being a phonetic anagram of Villeret.

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    Is this mil-spec a keeper for the people that are buying here? Or do people think since it is limited to 500, there might be an interest in the future?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeFalconer View Post
    Is this mil-spec a keeper for the people that are buying here? Or do people think since it is limited to 500, there might be an interest in the future?
    Reading the thread would suggest that anyone lucky enough to have bagged one will be keeping it.

    Clearly it is another hot watch with demand outstripping supply so logically a good one for the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeorgeFalconer View Post
    Is this mil-spec a keeper for the people that are buying here? Or do people think since it is limited to 500, there might be an interest in the future?
    I never buy a watch simply to pass it on for profit but if I feel like sellin it in a few years I think I'll get my money back.

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    Must be getting close to the time for the AD to call :)
    Anyone heard any updates on the ETA for the Milspec?

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    Quote Originally Posted by endo View Post
    Must be getting close to the time for the AD to call :)
    Anyone heard any updates on the ETA for the Milspec?
    All I've heard is September/October and my guess is no one will get theirs this month. With just 500 available, they should be able to ship them out all at once.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yonsson View Post
    All I've heard is September/October and my guess is no one will get theirs this month. With just 500 available, they should be able to ship them out all at once.
    October

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    looks like it can't be too long if they're arriving in the states :)
    http://www.watchprosite.com/blancpai...44571.8863536/

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    Quote Originally Posted by endo View Post
    looks like it can't be too long if they're arriving in the states :)
    http://www.watchprosite.com/blancpai...44571.8863536/
    Is there an owner review available?

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    Still waiting :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by endo View Post
    looks like it can't be too long if they're arriving in the states :)
    http://www.watchprosite.com/blancpai...44571.8863536/
    As I suspected, that's nigh-on perfect.

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    i dont know if this is a boring watch or one i want right now...

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    This watch shows why going with 'normal' colour lume is so much better than the faux crap. Done so well IMO. Oh and the first 'dive' watch in a long time I find is outstanding....

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    It's getting closer, expecting delivery next week.

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    Last edited by yonsson; 13th September 2017 at 17:42.

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    More pics:
    https://klocksnack.se/threads/paketö...milspec.79738/

    Loving it, the strap is too short but other than that, it's perfect.

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    awesome stuff dude :)
    Thanks for posting up some pics,
    I'm guessing a regular pelicase the no awesome "diver torch box" like the previous 40mm?

    can't be long till i get the call then, although rumour has it ones on bracelets will turn up later :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by yonsson View Post
    I like it - zero messing around with the stickers. They came straight off!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Binsull View Post
    I like it - zero messing around with the stickers. They came straight off!
    I agree. Loving the 'tude, giving the brand new crystal a polish with the cuff of his jacket. 😁😁

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    i love that you didn't even make it home and opened it in the car stunning watch buddy


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    Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec 2017

    You are the man yonsoon. How much better than the SLA017 it actually is?

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    Thanks guys! Here are two extra pics showing the subtle sunburst dial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toshk View Post
    You are the man yonsoon. How much better than the SLA017 it actually is?
    The dial and bezel makes for a big difference in perceived quality. And the bezel action is miles apart. Size wise they are very alike, like them both but the SLA017 will probably be sold after my Japan trip, I don't like to have as many watches as I do now and my plan is to buy a GS pretty soon.

    The dial of the Milspec has a very dark black color when shaded which is very very nice and also very hard to capture on photos, the sunburst comes alive only in direct sunlight. I'll do my best to capture it in a few days when I take new photos for the review.

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    Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec 2017

    ^^
    As expected. Enjoy it!
    Planning to buy a GS diver?
    Last edited by Toshk; 13th September 2017 at 20:26.

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    That's a beauty mate the case size is just perfectly as well

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    That Mil-Spec one looks absolutely stunning! Had thought that I would never buy another 'proper money' diver as I am happy with my Submariner... but that's lovely enough and different enough to maybe go on the 'one day' list...

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    Top work - un boxed in the car, stickers off and on the wrist. As you said - what a day to forget the Victorinox ! Lovely watch too and glad you like it and was worth the wait - enjoy !


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    Fantastic yonsson! I know you've been waiting for this for a loooong time and looks to have been worth the wait!

    One of the best dive releases in a while. It just looks 'stunning'.

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    Top work Lad! love the video and it looks like a killer watch.

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    Thanks guys! Well worth the wait and I'm sure anybody waiting for his/hers won't be disappointed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toshk View Post
    ^^
    As expected. Enjoy it!
    Planning to buy a GS diver?
    I have around 10 divers right now so I'm thinking GMT, a sbgj203 perhaps, or a sbgr305.
    I was planning to buy a gold rotor factory store edition at the SII factory but they sadly haven't converted the models to the new dial versions yet.
    Last edited by yonsson; 14th September 2017 at 17:34.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yonsson View Post
    I have around 10 divers right now so I'm thinking GMT, a sbgj203 perhaps, or a sbgr305.
    I was planning to buy a gold rotor factory store edition at the SII factory but they sadly haven't converted the models to the new dial versions yet.
    Keep on enjoying yourself :)

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    I think it's stunning and one of the best releases of the year. For me though it's too small and so wish they'd have gone somewhere in between traditional and current, say 42mm. Please don't take that as a negative, I'm still very jealous!

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    Oh that is amazing looking.

    If only they would depreciate significantly so I could buy one

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    Quote Originally Posted by sarky View Post
    I think it's stunning and one of the best releases of the year. For me though it's too small and so wish they'd have gone somewhere in between traditional and current, say 42mm. Please don't take that as a negative, I'm still very jealous!
    I don't mind that comment at all, I agree!

    I think they (BP) were a little lazy by using the old 40mm case instead of making a completely new 42mm case. 45mm is a little too large for EDC while 40mm is borderlining on too small. Don't get me wrong, I love it and I think 40mm wears just fine but with a 18cm wrist, I would probably love a 42mm even more. The BP FF case is famous for wearing small. I'm only 30 hrs or so in this and so far I'm very happy with it, wearing it on a nato also makes it feel a little larger which I like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yonsson View Post
    I don't mind that comment at all, I agree!

    I think they (BP) were a little lazy by using the old 40mm case instead of making a completely new 42mm case. 45mm is a little too large for EDC while 40mm is borderlining on too small. Don't get me wrong, I love it and I think 40mm wears just fine but with a 18cm wrist, I would probably love a 42mm even more. The BP FF case is famous for wearing small. I'm only 30 hrs or so in this and so far I'm very happy with it, wearing it on a nato also makes it feel a little larger which I like.
    All exactly as my own thoughts. I don't think they could make this 'wrong' and although the FF is said to wear small, it's still a big watch. Mad how we think 2mm would make a difference, but my 19cm wrist would love it!

    Seriously cool and the nato adds to that for sure. Enjoy.

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