Blancpain, the Swiss luxury watch manufacturer, is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its iconic Fifty Fathoms diver’s watch with a brand-new limited edition timepiece. The first modern diver’s watch, the Fifty Fathoms was introduced in 1953 and has since set the benchmark for diving watches. To mark the occasion, Blancpain is releasing a new model that pays tribute to the 2003 “renaissance” model, while also responding to the demands of Fifty Fathoms enthusiasts.
The new timepiece features an exclusive 42 mm diameter, which is a size that has never been offered in a contemporary Fifty Fathoms. The watch case is made of polished steel and features the famous unidirectional bezel with a domed sapphire inlay. The dial is black with a sunburst motif, vintage-look luminescent hands, and block-type hour markers. The watch is available in three series, each comprising 70 watches, and each series is dedicated to a region of the world – EMEA, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas.
The watch is powered by the peerless Calibre 1315, which is renowned for its extreme robustness. This self-winding movement has been a staple at Blancpain since its launch in 2007 and based on a three-barrel architecture, it provides a five-day power reserve ensuring optimal convenience of the wearer. The silicon balance spring guarantees resistance to magnetism, an essential criterion in the world of diving. By eliminating the soft iron cage that was used in the first Fifty Fathoms to ensure anti-magnetism, Blancpain enables owners of its diver’s watches to admire the intricate workings of the movement, whose finishing testifies to the prestige of the Manufacture’s timepieces.
The oscillating weight bearing the “Fifty Fathoms 70th” logo is made of platinum, which is synonymous with eternity and is associated with 70th wedding anniversaries in Switzerland. As a further tribute to the first Fifty Fathoms, the oscillating weight features an opening, a technical trick used in the 1950s to increase the suppleness of the rotor and thus improve its shock resistance.
The first-anniversary timepiece in 2023, this 42 mm Fifty Fathoms is fitted with a black NATO YTT+ strap. The particularity of this type of NATO strap lies in its being made from 100% recycled and entirely recyclable thread from fishing nets recovered from the sea or oceans – a sustainable initiative that will eventually be extended to all Blancpain NATO straps.
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