Since launch in 1953, the epoch of the modern mechanical diving watch, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watch, has been favoured by professional divers and has quickly won the favour of scuba divers worldwide. Since then, the Fifty Fathoms watch has defined the industry standard for modern diving watches and has become the benchmark for the entire industry. For more than 60 years, its core technology and aesthetic features have been continuously passed down, and it has become more complete with the addition of date display functions after 2000. Now, this legendary watch once again welcomes the addition of new material, titanium.In the 1950s, the first Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watch has quickly stood out from other timepieces because of its practicality. It was a watch designed for professional diving. In 2007, this legendary watch was updated on the basis of tradition. In order to make it easier to read, a date display window was added between 4 and 5 o’clock. Now, Blancpain has reinvented the titanium case with a satin matte process, combining the ebony black dial with deep metallic lustre and the satin metal brushed titanium case to launch the new Fifty Fathoms Titanium watch.Titanium alloy is known for its hard texture, excellent impact resistance and superior corrosion resistance. At the same time, its low-density properties give it a lighter texture. Therefore, compared with the steel material, these main advantages of the titanium alloy allow the Fifty Fathoms timer to retain all the technical standards of professional diving equipment while retaining the characteristics of the large diameter and reducing the wrist burden of the wearer. Professional divers have a lot of sports equipment to carry during the dive. This “burden reduction” will undoubtedly receive the respect and praise of divers. Not only that, if the modern white-collar workers also want to have a large-diameter, lightweight watch to meet the needs of everyday wear, this Fifty-Five titanium-alloy watch is undoubtedly a suitable choice. The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms titanium timepiece features a 45mm titanium case and is water resistant to 300 meters. In order to improve the visibility of the watch under any circumstances, the front ring scale, dial hour scale and hands are covered with Super-LumiNova luminous coating, in sharp contrast with the black dial with solar radiation texture. Through the sapphire glass on the back, the beautiful operation of the famous Blancpain 1315 movement is unobstructed. The movement is equipped with three high-performance barrels in series to provide up to five days of power reserve. The silicon spring is not disturbed by the magnetic field and therefore does not need to be isolated in the soft iron anti-magnetic metal cover. In order to ensure the beauty and reliability of the movement, Blancpain follows the purest tradition of watchmaking craftsmanship, using a variety of decorative techniques such as solar radiation, spiral radiation, fish scale pearl and ring satin, which highlights the unique beauty of the Blancpain titanium watch.
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms
Dreamy Ocean World: Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Stainless Steel Automatic Date Men Diving Watch 5100-1140-O52A
Blue always gives people unlimited imagination. In addition to the vast sky, more information is about the deep ocean. Blancpain has always had a strong passion and eternal commitment to the world of the sea. The history can go back to 1953 when the brand launched its first modern diving watch called Fifty Fathoms. In 2017, Blancpain re-interpreted the classics, allowing followers and the ocean to communicate more deeply.
Blancpain new 38mm deep submersible watch adds another option to this luxurious Fifty Fathoms collection diving watch. The Fifty Fathoms watch 5100-1140-052A is deeply rooted in the “Blancpain Blue” that deeply impress the people.
The overall outline of this watch is clear and smart. And the traditional retro appearance of the original style is used for its unique charm. The deep submersible is a young spur line of the Fifty Fathoms series. This time, Blancpain Fifty Fathoms submersible watch is a new three-pin new product, which has the three unparalleled features:
1. The setting of the 38 mm diameter case is light and moderate.
38 mm diameter stainless steel case is comfortable to wear. Inheriting the design style of the Fifty Fathoms series, just like the previous diving watch. It is equipped with a counterclockwise one-way rotating stainless steel bezel with a grooved scale and a blue ceramic inner scale ring. The overall style is very fashionable, which also can prevent the watch from deforming under pressure. The bezel follows the original design of the luminous point indicating scale (liquid metal hour scale), which makes the underwater timing more intuitive, clear, and full of reliability. And there is a square small date display window between 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock, adding a new meaning to this new diving product.
2. Equipped with a classic self-winding 1150 movement.
With an automatic movement that has won the honor of the best ultra-thin watch movement of the Geneva Watch Awards, demonstrating the superior performance and quality, this watch is more strong that has a constant 100-hour power reserve and a water-resistant depth of approximately 300 meters, providing users with outstanding watch performance. In addition, the watch can better avoid the damage of the magnetic field, making the travel time more precise.
3. Inheriting the design of deep “Blancpain Blue” series.
The watch is elegant and maritime-inspired, giving the new product a full view. And the surface of the dial is “Blancpain Blue”, which is naturally associated with the deep ocean. The blue scale bezel adds a sense of style to the watch. The dark blue canvas strap has the same color as the dial, showing the overall charm of the watch. At the same time, it can add mysterious colors to the wrists. The whole watch has the style of ocean.
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.
The Greatest Bathyscaphe: Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Overall Ceramic Automaton Chronograph Fly-Back Luminous Watch 5200-0130-B52A
Nowadays, high-tech ceramics have become the new favorite elements of watchmaking due to bright luster, high hardness, no rust and discoloration, chemical stability and so on. However, even if ceramic watch is easy to wear, never fades, and does not hurt the skin and other series of advantages, I still do not have a good impression on them.
So when I first saw this watch, I only thought it was a low-key chronograph watch without notice that it was a ceramic watch. Instead of the characters from ceramic: sleek and delicate, it has a sharp edge and a rigid texture with metal. I never thought that the ceramic could own such a “sharp” edge, even for other brands of ceramic watches that I have seen.
Blancpain Bathyscaphe fly-back chronograph uses matte treatment to minimize the inconvenience caused by reflections offering the better display of functions. 43mm diameter black dial has a reasonable distribution: between 4 and 5 o’clock is calendar, 3 o’clock is 30 minutes dial, 9 o’clock is 12 hours dial, 6 o’clock is small second dial with luminous dot at hand. The sail-shaped luminous hands and button markers can provide time even in dark environment.
Highlights of the Blancpain 5066F-1140-52B watch
First, liquid metal ceramic bezel
This bezel is filled with a Liquidmetal® alloy markers in a pre-engraved ceramic bezel.
Liquidmetal is a liquid metal, which is an alloy of five metals: zirconium, titanium, copper, nickel and aluminum. It is solid at normal temperature and is no different from ordinary metal. But it is a mixture of a variety of metal amorphous alloys, the physical properties are very similar to glass. There is no fixed melting point (it will gradually soften when high temperature is high), but there is no crystal boundary.
Liquidmetal has the advantages of high gloss, high hardness, high elasticity, high corrosion resistance, and its special structure can be seamlessly integrated with the ceramic bezel.
This proves that Blancpain has never paid attention to the appearance while abandoned the pursuit of the historical value and fundamental functional principles.
Second, F385 automatic mechanical movement
A professional watch is naturally accompanied by a professional movement.
This watch is equipped with a F385 self-winding movement, which was modified from several internationally awarded F185 movements. And it provides a power reserve of 50 hours. What’s more, it provides excellent fly-back timing. The owner can immediately return to zero and restart the timer function by pressing the button at 4 o ‘clock, so as to realize rapid timing for multiple times. This is definitely the top-of-the-line automatic timing movement of Swatch.
In addition, it guarantees 300 meters of water resistance, ensuring the safety of underwater operation. The watch also features an anti-magnetic function that protects the movement from ubiquitous magnetic fields, ensuring precise time.