Blancpain X Fathoms Dive Watch (First Look)

Here it is…and the Blancpain X Fathoms looks to be quite an impressive dive watch.  For now I will quickly say that it has a built-in depth gauge capable of measuring both current and maximum depth (up to 90 meters) — max depth is the the small inner hand with the squarish red tip and current depth is the yellow-tipped inner hand.  At the 10 o’clock to 11 o’clock is a retrograde gauge for decompression (up to five minutes), and this gauge is activated by a lever at 10 o’clock.  Back with full specs in awhile…

Update:  See specs below.  Seems the watch is inspired by a 1953 ancestor (of same name?), which I like.  At 55mm, the case size is absolutely enormous — a bit off-putting for me, despite the technical marvel of this watch.  Seriously — 55mm case?   Blancpain also claims a “The most complex injected rubber strap ever conceived” featuring 14 articulated parts to ensure a perfect fit on the wrist and allow water to seep in under the watch in order to come in contact with the membrane under all circumstances.  Alright, OK, good work on the new strap.  This watch is really nothing more than a showpiece, but I guess that’s not such a bad thing.

Blancpain X Fathoms Dive Watch

55.65mm x 24mm satin brushed titanium case, automatic mechanical BLANCPAIN caliber 9918B (based on the Caliber 1315, used in several Fifty Fathoms models),

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titanium case

  • http://www.luxurybazaar.com/ Luxury Bazaar

    loved the industrial look with the vents, I’d like to hear the extra details when you post them.

    • http://www.perpetuelle.com Perpetuelle

      @luxurybazaar:disqus Hi — just added the specs.  case size @55mm is a bit overwhelming if you ask me!

      • http://www.luxurybazaar.com/ Luxury Bazaar

        thx, i was wondering about the interesting strap and case size, definitely a intimidating piece. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephen-Eichenbaum/1147279511 Stephen Eichenbaum

    Gorgeous watch.How much?

  • Ld

    a bit to small…100mm would be much more interesting.

  • Goju

    Interesting looking watch. 55mm is still less than the 60mm Panerai and the X Fathoms appears to offer more function. I’m tempted to say that an analog depth gauge is a novelty that does not really have a practical purpose in today’s world of SCUBA diving but I’m interested to see the maximum depth rating (of the watch) and, of course, the price. 
    The 500 Fathoms is selling for circa $30,000 – but I guess that one can get it cheaper. The JLC dive watch with depth gauge is quite attractive (IMO) whereas the X Fathoms is very stylish and the DNA of the 50 Fathoms is clearly evident.
    I’d probably like to own one but I’m not sure and I doubt that I would take it underwater. The size is not a problem for me. It would certainly be a talking point.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vdostman Vadim Dostman

    nice watch, looks good.

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  • http://twitter.com/FranCatsWatson Fran Cats

    Animation quality about on par with the Simpsons Halloween from 1995. Nice work, Blancpain

  • goju1

    One of the more intriguing aspects of this watch is its lack of manifestation in the real world. It has been demonstrated in the Dubai Aquarium but does not yet appear to be available for inspection or purchase. It is listed on the BP web site but I’ve not been able to see one in a BP Boutique so I wonder where can one be found? I wonder if one has been sold yet?

    • http://www.perpetuelle.com/ Perpetuelle

      @goju1:disqus Interesting observation. I did see a “hands-on” report by another blog not too long ago. But this is not to say that it is commercially available. Will have to keep my eyes open…