Upon its release in 1953, the Fifty Fathoms appealed immediately to professional divers and their civilian counterparts. Since then, the Fifty Fathoms has become one of the archetypal watches in this genre. And it remains as relevant as ever six decades later. Blancpain has revisited the main original technical and aesthetic characteristics and has equipped this new model with a titanium case.
When launched in the 1950s, the Fifty Fathoms quickly stood out thanks to its practical features, entirely designed for professional diving. Among the decisive criteria that contributed to its renown were broad luminescent hour-markers and hands contrasting with a black dial and unidirectional rotating bezel, as well as a steel case with a soft iron inner cage intended to protect the movement from magnetic fields.
In 2007, Blancpain updated and enhanced this watch with a date, unobtrusively placed between 4 and 5 o’clock, while preserving its immediately recognizable DNA. Now, Blancpain is offering a new version of this Fifty Fathoms Automatic model which combines its ebony-black color with a satin-brushed titanium case.
Like mentioned above, the markers, dial hour-markers and hands of the new Fifty Fathoms are made of Super-LumiNova, a coating that strikes an ideal contrast with the sunburst black face and guarantee enhanced visibility under all circumstances.
Known for its robustness as well as its high resistance to impacts and corrosion, titanium also has a low density that makes it particularly light. This advantage made it possible for Blancpain to increase the diameter of the diver’s watch without adding weight. This will not only please divers but also all of those who want to wear the Fifty Fathoms Automatic on a daily basis.
The titanium case measures 45 mm in diameter and is water proof up to 30 atm. The ratcheted unidirectional bezel is fitted with a scratch-proof doomed black sapphire insert.
The Fifty Fathoms Automatic is powered by the Calibre 1315. The automatic movement is providing a power reserve of 5 whole days.. Its silicon balance-spring protects it from the negative effects of magnetism without the need to isolate it behind a metal cage. Ensuring this movement is every bit as beautiful as it is reliable, Blancpain has finished it meticulously. It can be seen through the sapphire crystal case back.