News October 2010

The flagship model of the watchmaking Manufacture in Le Brassus, the Fifty Fathoms was created in 1953 in response to a special order from French Navy combat divers unit. From that time onwards, the Fifty Fathoms firmly established itself as the archetypal modern diver’s watch and has been interpreted since then in around twenty different versions, all distinguished by their powerful identity and their tried and tested reliability.

Fifty Fathoms "Tribute to Fifty Fathoms"

Blancpain pays a tribute to the Fifty Fathoms

The Watch Quote™ - October 29th, 2010

The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watch "Tribute to Fifty Fathoms"

Today, in a vibrant tribute to the Fifty Fathoms, Blancpain makes time stand still by presenting the “Tribute to Fifty Fathoms”, a 500-piece limited edition directly inspired by a 1960s model. Representing an authentic exercise in style, the “Tribute” merges the timeless design of vintage Fifty Fathoms watches with the latest technological innovations used by Blancpain in creating its modern models.

Blancpain's Fifty Fathoms diving watch, circa 1970

The “Tribute” watch boasts the main signature characteristics that have earned the Fifty Fathoms its formidable reputation: guaranteed water resistance to 30 ATM optimal readability thanks to oversized hands and hour-markers, a black dial and bezel providing a strikingly contrasted backdrop for the luminescent indications. The rotating bezel remains a key element of the watch, complete with its raised notching that facilitates handling and its unidirectional rotation system that avoids any inadvertent extension of the dive time. Crafted in scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, it features a slightly domed curve that further enhances its shock resistance. The case is equipped with crown guards reinforcing the security of this essential component. The “Tribute” is fitted with the Fifty Fathoms strap in black sail canvas lined with rubber, making it sturdy, sporty and eminently waterproof. In a nod to the historical model, the anti-radiation symbol appears on the dial. It used to mean that the type of coating applied to the luminescent hour-markers did not contain any radioactive material.

Bob Maloubier, the fonder of the "nageurs de combat" with his Fifty Fathoms watch - circa 1955

The case houses mechanical self-winding Calibre 1315, a movement entirely developed by Blancpain. Stemming from a lengthy quest for simplicity, precision and performances, this calibre was designed right from the start to equip watches with a resolutely sporting vocation. It boasts in particular a five-day power reserve thanks to three series-coupled barrels and includes a calendar display enabling fast date-change at midnight in either direction. To prevent any disturbances linked to magnetic fields, Calibre 1315 powering the “Tribute” is encased in a cage that protects it on all sides.

Thus equipped with an impressive range of aesthetic and technical assets, the “Tribute” is bound to appeal to devotees of vintage styling and cutting-edge watchmaking technology.

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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms « Tribute to Fifty Fathoms »

Technical data

Fifty Fathoms « Tribute to Fifty Fathoms », date et seconde, lunette unidirectionnelle, cage antimagnétique, cadran noir, automatique

Caliber 1315
Thickness:5,65 mm
Diameter:30,60 mm
Power-reserve in hours:120
Limited edition:500
Case Steel
Thickness:15,50 mm
Diameter:45,00 mm
Water-resistance:30 bar / 300 m
Interhorn space:23,00 mm

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