Today is World Oceans Day, a day that has, since 1992, celebrated our marine environments, and raised awareness for the need to preserve them. It’s a worthy cause, and one Blancpain, with their exceptional legacy in dive watches, has done a lot to support and promote. Most visibly through a series of Ocean Commitment watches. The first was a grey ceramic Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe, and the second a chronograph version of the same model. Both with rich blue dials.
Today, Blancpain has announced the latest generation, the Fifty Fathoms Ocean Commitment III, and for the first time, it’s not a Bathyscaphe. Instead, Blancpain has opted for the classic Fifty Fathoms, in a 40mm satin-brushed steel case, with that characteristic sapphire-inset bezel, with sail-canvas and NATO strap options. The dial is (of course) as blue as the deep sea, with a quite attractive logo on the bottom half – a printed globe and text proclaiming its limited Ocean Commitment status.
The BOC III is limited to 250 pieces, and 1000 euros from the sale of each watch (a cool quarter of a million in total) will be donated to programs working to promote ocean protection, in addition to Blancpain’s already significant work in this area.