Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe

Baselworld 2013…

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe on StrapsCelebrating 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.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Watch

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.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Angle

The automatic mechanical Caliber 1315 has a silicon balance-spring and can be admired through the sapphire crystal case-back.

Blancpain Caliber 1315

A white version for ladies (Ref. 5100-1127-NAW A) in a 38 mm steel case is also available.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe White Lady

  • goju1

    Firstly, I must say that I am a Blancpain fan. Their watches are indeed desirable.

    But I don’t understand the connection with the Bathyscaphe, which is more commonly associated with the Rolex watch that accompanied the Bathyscaphe in 1960.

    I think that if I was the CEO of a watch company in 2013, I would be asking myself how do I keep being an innovator and being perceived as such without producing new models every year just to keep up with the trends.

    Watch enthusiasts (including me) await with bated breath the new models to be displayed at SIHH and Basel but I think evolution is more important than re-invention and new models for the sake of it.

    ‘Horology’ (or ‘Horologie’ and other variations) is the art form that is continually promoted but I also see a marketing machine at work, which dilutes the real value of the art form.

  • Chaz

    These look like Tissots. Also Swatch Group.

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