Initially designed to perform under demanding conditions of the deep sea, Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms was the first-choice timepiece for countless divers when it was first released in 1953. Upon its release, the Fifty Fathoms became the world’s first modern diver’s watch, and soon thereafter, its iconic style appealed to civilians and divers alike. In the present day, the Fifty Fathoms’, with its developed original technical and aesthetic characteristics, remains popular among watch-enthusiasts and divers. Let’s dive in and check out the 2019 Fifty Fathoms models.
Original Fifty Fathoms: The Revamp Of An Icon
Those who know Blancpain will know that their watches are as beautiful as they are reliable and meticulous. Recently, Blancpain has released 2 new variations of the original Fifty Fathoms — the Titanium Case and Ceramic Dial — which retains its distinctive character while adding touches of high-tech.
The robust and light-weight Titanium Case model alleviates much weight from the wearer’s wrist. It features a 45mm watch face equipped with scratch-proof sapphire crystal, unidirectional rotating bezel, and five-day power reserve, to name a few. Divers will unquestionably appreciate its minimal weight contribution to their already extensive sports gear, as will urbanites wishing to wear a generously sized yet lightweight timepiece on a daily basis.
Another option is the Ceramic Dial model. With this model, Blancpain opted for a stylish reinterpretation of the Fifty Fathoms by pairing the satin-brushed red gold case with a sunburst blue ceramic dial. The use of ceramics has a multitude of advantages, namely, its stability and longevity. Although ceramics is a material which is difficult to manufacture, its ability to achieve a unique chromatic depth separates it from any other material.
Nageurs de combat: A Tribute To French commando frogmen
The relationship between Blancpain and the French Combat Swimmers unit began in 1952 when the unit sought out Jean-Jacques Fiechter, who was the CEO of Blancpain at the time, for a diving watch with certain specifications. The watch, which was later named Fifty Fathoms, had luminescent hands and hour-markers contrasting with a dark dial, a secured rotating bezel, a self-winding movement, perfect water-resistance of up to 300m, and an antimagnetic case to satisfy divers’ specifications.
In tribute to French commando frogmen and their contribution to the birth of a diver’s watchmaking icon, Blancpain created a 300-piece Fifty Fathoms limited edition featuring the symbols of French commando frogmen on the case-back. As with the original Fifty Fathoms, this exclusive timepiece bears all the same diving specifications.
Barakuda: A Revisit To The 1960s
First launched in the late 1960s, the Fifty Fathoms Barakuda is another auspicious timepiece. The 2019 model reinterprets the aesthetic qualities of the original model, attiring a black dial punctuated by large red and white hour-markers coated with Super-LumiNova and returning the date to its renowned position in a neat white-outlined window. Complimented with a tropical rubber strap identical to that of the historical models, the Fifty Fathoms Barakuda forms a perfect partnership between vintage design and advanced technicality.