Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Ocean Commitment III

This past Friday, June 8th, in conjunction with World Oceans Day, Blancpain introduced their third iteration of the Blancpain Ocean Commitment III. The watch is a special edition, with a portion of the proceeds going to support the preservation of the world’s oceans, something that’s clearly a major issue.

You can read about the past two special editions here and here.

It’s worth noting that while the first two editions featured flyback chronographs, this is more of a true diver, as it should be. The case, which’s in stainless steel, is also smaller at 40.30 mm x 13.23 mm, which are the same dimensions as the Mil-Spec Tribute watch Blancpain introduced last year. The movement, caliber 1151 is also the same, featuring 210 components including 28 jewels, a silicon balance spring, and two series-coupled mainspring barrels good for four days of power reserve (96-hours). The movement measures 27.40 mm x 3.25 mm. The rotor of the automatic Caliber 1151 is made of gold and coated with a platinum-based NAC finish.

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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Ocean Commitment III

The bezel is made of sapphire crystal, and aptly, like the dial comes in a deep ocean blue color.

Limited to 250 pieces worldwide, each individually numbered, the Blancpain Ocean Commitment III comes with a maritime-inspired sail-canvas strap along with an additional blue NATO strap. Additionally, each watch will come with a hand-numbered copy of the 10th-anniversary Edition Fifty Fathoms book that matches the number of the watch, and a membership in the Blancpain Ocean Commitment Circle.

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It’s great to see companies such as Blancpain donating some of their profits to noble causes, however, as a number of people have commented online, and we’ve often wondered, is adding 1,000 euros to the price of a watch (as this is basically the same watch as the Mil-Spec introduced last year, with 1,000 euros added), and then donating it really a donation at all?

The retail price is $17,100.

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