The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is the original modern Divers Watch, first released in 1953, one year before Rolex debuted the Submariner, it is from the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms that that most modern dive watches spring. The Bathyscaphe, first released sometime in the late 1950s and named for the submersible cabin in which divers could explore parts of the ocean too deep for an exposed diver. The Bathyscaphe was inspired by Jacques Piccard, the Swiss explorer who descended into the Marianas Trench in 1960 in the bathyscaphe Trieste
The Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe was unveiled back in April 2013 at the Basel World fair in Switzerland as a 60th anniversary tribute based on the Bathyscaphe.
The Watch oozes toughness. Featuring a hardy 43mm by 13.4mm thick brushed stainless steel case, easily adjustable screw-down crown, a top quality calibre 1315 (which boasts a 5 day power reserve) ,120 click unidirectional diving bezel and brushed grey luminous dial... the Bathyscaphe from its case alone oozes confidence in and out of the water, being a watch that is more than prepared for a few bumps.
The Watch is accompanied by the full set of inner and outer boxes and books.
View this iconic diver in a video: here
Movement: Automatic with Hacking Sweep Seconds and Quickset date.
Calibre: Chronometer Rated Blancpain Calibre 1315.
Timekeeping: Chronometer Spec.
Service History: New 2017-2020.
Dial: Original Blancpain Factory Dial.
Case: Brushed Stainless Steel.
Measurements: without/with Crown: 43mm/47.4mm End to End: 50mm
Bezel: Unidirectional 120 Click Ceramic Insert Bezel.
Water Resistant?: Yes, 300m. Please ensure the Crown is Screwed to the Case!
Hands: Original Hands.
Crystal: Original Sapphire Crystal.
Crown: Original Screw Down Blancpain Crown.
Strap/Bracelet: On its Original Desirable X-70 Steel Bracelet with Divers extension. Fits up to approx 7.5in Wrist with 2 spare links.
Lug Width: 23mm.
Box/Papers: Full set Inner and Outer Boxes and Books.
Bits that stand out:
- Iconic line.
- Brushed Steel Case and Bracelet.
- Desirable X-70 Bracelet.
- 300m Water Resistant.
- Top Quality Movement with 5 day Power Reserve.
- Hardly worn mentioning, but there are two very very faint scratches to the Case.
Overall this 50f is in Excellent pre-owned condition with very minor signs of wear.
The Bracelet measures up to approx 7.5in Wrist with two spare links.
Photographed on a 7in Wrist.