Watch industry often has “first fight”. The first watch? The first female watch? The first flight timepiece, etc., sometimes it can’t be said clearly. But the first diving watch is ascertain. Blancpain Fifty Fathoms and Rolex 6202 that appeared in 1953 are diving watches. Why the world first modern diving watch is Fifty Fathoms. Mainly because that Blancpain used the unidirectional rotating bezel for the first time on the Fifty Fathoms (unidirectional rotating bezel is standard on the current professional diving watch), and the patent of Blancpain (patent term: 30 years). This allowed Rolex to use this bezel until the 1980s. So objectively speaking, Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is the first truly modern diving watch.
Luxury sapphire bezel
Nowadays, high-end diving watches generally use ceramic rings. Fifty Fathoms bezel is sapphire, with a luminous scale inside. And the luminous markers are sharp and very luxurious.
Impervious case back
One of the reasons is that the watch has a magnetic inner casing, so choose the impervious back. Inside the back, there is also a anti-magnetic cover (anti-magnetic cover is fixed to the movement with 3 screws). Diving watch with anti-magnetic inner casing is very few. Although the bottom is sacrificed, the configuration is still very high.
As a major movement of Blancpain, Cal.1315 has the highest-end configuration. 120 H power reserve(5 days) is enough for traveling. It is understood that Blancpain developed 1315 calibre for more than three years. So, every details of the movement are the boutiques.
In addition to the more obvious features mentioned above, Blancpain still has some details to appreciate. 45mm diameter black enamel dial with the luminous markers can offer a legible view even in the bad environment. The combination of Arabic numerals and sticks scales add fun to this watch. Engraved with the logo of the brand at the side, stainless steel case seems more smart.
Equipped with a serrated shape, stainless steel bezel seems strong. And the perfect combination with the case is very beautiful. The watch is equipped with a strap that is made of black canvas strap, which has good air permeability and strong plasticity. However, the material is relatively hard and there is pressure when worn. Coupled with the wear of the stainless steel clasp, the canvas strap is prone to problems. Therefore, if you choose this watch, be sure to prepare an alternate strap at hand.
The 45 mm Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is relatively has few customer for high price and large size (the thickness of watch is 15.5mm, which is a little unwell). However, because of the high configuration, it is very popular among collectors. Coupled with the gorgeous appearance, it is worth having if people have the ability.