Purchasing a vintage watch, especially from a storied brand with an innovative history, can come down to two things: availability and attainability. You can spend countless hours scouring the internet for the watch you’re looking for only to find out that the only options available might need some extra TLC, or maybe a certain one meets all your expectations but the price is just too far out of reach to be attainable. Mk II focuses on providing an answer to this dilemma by creating affordable homage timepieces that follow the foundational design of the original watch, but with a modern build quality made for everyday wear. Today, Mk II announces the release of their Stingray II Keroman, which is their iteration of the iconic Blancpain Fifty Fathoms.
The Stingray II Keroman spares no expense when it comes to paying tribute to the exact details, which is what you want if you go the route of buying an homage timepiece. What separates Mk II is that they incorporate their own modern flair that coheres nicely with the vintage inspired aesthetic. The case body shape is similar to the Fifty Fathoms, and the iconic bezel design is held over as well. Mk II has wisely chosen not to mess with the traditional diver dial layout, including circular and rectangular markers and the set of sword hands.