The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe was created when a need was seen for a version of the trailblazing diver that would be somewhat more suitable for daily wear. It immediately offered a smaller, stylish alternative to the conventional Fifty Fathoms, and to this day, it is the version that has been most adapted.
The Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe took its first dive to depths of the sea in the late 1950s, with Swiss manufacturer Blancpain the genius behind the watch. The brand is one example of high-quality workmanship in watchmaking. The deep sea was shrouded in mystery up until the 1950s when Swiss scientist Auguste Piccard reached record-breaking depths in his bathyscaphe Trieste.
Six years after the return of the Fifty Fathoms, Blancpain re-introduced the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe line in 2013. The Bathyscaphe line of watches was first introduced in 1956 as the smaller brother to the regular model. The idea was to offer a smaller diameter divers’ watch in order to reach a larger audience of recreational divers.
After four years of development, Blancpain introduced the new Fifty Fathoms in 2007. And with a growing number of references, it has been a successful part of the collection ever since. The Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe. Six years after the return of the Fifty Fathoms, Blancpain re-introduced the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe line in 2013.
The Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe has always seemed to be the “affordable” Blancpain, the one you’d get if you can’t quite stomach the asking price of the big boy with the domed sapphire bezel. However, after playing around with a calendar version in their Bond Street boutique in London, I felt my views on it had changed.
Fifty Fathoms limited editions The second blog post in the new series of covering the watches and photography of fellow Blancpain enthusiasts features three limited Fifty Fathoms timepieces, the Bathyscaphe Chronographe Ocean Commitment I, the FF Ocean Commitment III and the Fifty Fathoms Barakuda.
The dot markers and syringe hands, however, add a nice dose of vintage Blancpain style. Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe. A straightforward dive watch with a date window at 4:30, this is a no-fuss diver that’s going to look perfect with a suit or jeans-n-tee. The 1315 in-house movement is one of Blancpain’s staples.
When Blancpain presented the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date 70s at Baselworld 2018, it followed a very long tradition of Fifty Fathoms timepieces. The first Bathyscaphe was introduced in 2013, and it was an intriguing combination of modern tech savvy and inspiration from vintage elements.
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