Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the first diving piece, Blancpain this year presents the new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaph. Created in 1953, the Fifty Fathoms by Blancpain has become among the most famous diver’s watches. The vintage-inspired Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe presented in a 2013 includes men’s and women’s versions. This is a very distinct and great looking watch, with some excellent strap pairings, and a ceramic bezel with graduated scale in Liquidmetal® (a high-tech metal that first popped up in the Omega SMPO in 2009, but has also been used in Breguet and now Blancpain — all Swatch Group brands).
Inspired by the abyssal underwater exploration of Swiss adventurer Jacques Piccard, Blancpain’s Bathyscaphe diver’s watches were introduced in the late 1950s as models for both men and women. The new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe offers a reinterpretation of these two models featuring the integration of the latest technical innovations.
Various elements of the 2013 version hark back to the first editions. Blancpain notes that the contours are as sharply defined as those of their predecessors, and the hands feature the traditional look of the vintage watches and the date appears through a dedicated aperture. Also, loyal to the original Bathyscaphe version, there is a luminescent bezel dot, a key feature on any respectable diver.
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe
43mm x 13.4mm satin brushed steel case, unidirectional rotating bezel, water resistant to 300 meters. Each model includes a triple-loop NATO strap.
The automatic mechanical Caliber 1315 has a silicon balance-spring and can be admired through the sapphire crystal case-back.
A white version for ladies (Ref. 5100-1127-NAW A) in a 38 mm steel case is also available.