The Fifty Fathoms watch collection by Blancpain remains an outstanding example of how watchmaking has shaped history. The designs which were first created at the start of the 1950’s were in response to a request made by the French marines. They needed a watch that remained legible underwater whilst venturing down to great depths. The watch would help them complete some of their most dangerous and daring missions. The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watch is powerful and confident. It can face any mission under the surface of the water yet still look as sleek as anything when dressed upon the wrist with sophisticated attire.
Our Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watch collection here at Owen & Robinson is bursting with innovative features and portrays the breadth of Blancpain’s use and experimentation with materials. Solid stainless steel cases integrated with 300 meter water resistant capabilities ensure that the gentleman can explore the beautiful depths of the ocean whilst inside the heart of each masterpiece, a meticulous movement performs with effortlessness. Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watches are examples of over 280 years of knowledge, skill and expertise. During the time of its creation, then-director, Jean-Jacques Fiechter, who was himself an ardent diver, is considered the father of the Fifty Fathoms watch. He took on the task of creating the iconic diver’s tool and the collection has grown in popularity ever since.
The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watch had a bezel that can be turned counter-clockwise. At that time it was a first in watchmaking history. Not only did the feature improve diver safety but it also established itself as a standard feature of all diving watches from that point onwards. It ensures that time dive can only become shortened, never lengthened, helping to irradiate fatal diving accidents at great depths. Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watches have bold numbers and indexes that stand out on the bezel and main dial. The broad diameter of the case has also become a winning feature for many diving enthusiasts wanting to wear the watch on dry land, thanks to its attention-demanding physique and its chiselled aesthetics.
Although dynamic an robust, Fifty Fathoms watches also evoke a strong sense of elegance. Their ease of wear on the wrist combined with their ability to assist the diver underwater is effortless. Strong robust stainless steel bracelets complete these professional diving tools, with brushed and polished finishes that add detail to the design. The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Blue 38mm watch is a design that looks at home on the wrist of the diving enthusiast but also sophisticated when combined with a smart jeans and t-shirt combo. The unimposing diameter of this Fifty Fathoms watch could render it a useful and stylish tool for the sporty lady as well. A rich blue dial is home to an hour track featuring a mix of circular and baton indexes. They suit the blue filled ceramic bezel indexes perfectly. This watch is powered by the Blancpain 1150 movement and is completed on a stylish blue sail canvas strap.