The 40.30mm case sports activities a show caseback to indicate off the extremely completed and adorned motion, and to drive dwelling the historic significance, the watch comes on a Tropik-style rubber strap, as it could have within the late ’60s. The bezel, nonetheless, strays from the unique design. The Barakuda of the late ‘60s has pronounced hash marks across the whole bezel, whereas the tribute watch makes use of the bezel sample of earlier fashions of the Fifty Fathoms watches. It does, nonetheless, function a domed sapphire insert that is scratch resistant. This domed sapphire bezel design was launched by Blancpain in 2003, and seems on many tribute fashions. The crystal encompasses a distinguished dome as properly, much like the unique watch.
We at HODINKEE have lengthy been championing the concept that lume that is made to seem aged will be thought-about simply one other colour, and it’s, however in terms of this particular watch, it is very a lot a part of the classic vibe of the unique Barakuda. Blancpain cites the marker colour as “previous radium kind Tremendous-LumiNova,” and there is a delicate variation in the best way the colours on the Barakuda seem that make it very troublesome to the untrained eye to inform it aside from precise radium. In different phrases, it is executed properly. And when it is executed properly, it is greater than only a colour; it makes an homage watch extra compelling.
The Barakuda usually performs properly at public sale, and it is speculated, as we talked about, that there are lower than 150 examples, that means they do not come up on the market fairly often. With 500 examples of the restricted version tribute watch, it is a sure-fire solution to snag one of the vital visually attention-grabbing executions of the Fifty Fathoms – classic or fashionable.