Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe 38mm
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe 38mm, a fabulous new case option.
This article about the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe 38mm includes discussion of the 60th anniversary of the legendary Fifty Fathoms.
In 2013, Blancpain unveiled its vintage-inspired Fifty Fathoms Bathscaphe with a 43mm case. The model was released to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Fifty Fathoms. Now, the Swiss brand from the Vallée de Joux, has unveiled a smaller version of the watch with a 38mm case, reinforcing the sense of nostalgia and reminiscent of the vintage models of the 1950s.
Today, the Fifty Fathoms has been in existence for circa 64 years and has become revered for its prowess on both land and underwater. The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe 38mm builds on this reputation with its sharply defined contours and period hands.
The 38mm watch features a steel bezel with black ceramic insert and hour markers in Liquidmetal. The bezel is unidirectional, rotating anti-clockwise with a clicking action, and features a luminescent dot which, in conjunction with the minute hand, can be used for monitoring the dive time. Whilst underwater, the central sweep seconds provides an indication that the watch is operational.
Despite its neat appearance, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe 38mm is sufficiently robust to tolerate adverse pressure denoted with its impressive water resistance of 300 metres.
While the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe 38mm is inspired by vintage models of the 1950s, it also embraces modern-day know-how. The balance spring is made of silicon. This material is not adversely affected by magnetism, is shock resistant, owing to its low mass, and is not vulnerable to corrosion.
The Caliber 1150, visible via an exhibition case-back, is ‘equipped with two series-coupled barrels’ delivering an impressive 100-hours power reserve. The self-winding movement features a solid gold oscillating mass coated in NAC, a platinum alloy and ‘sculpted to form the raised Blancpain logo appearing in relief’.
The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe 38mm with black dial is immediately available in Blancpain boutiques.