Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe

Blancpain’s passion and dedication for the underwater world can be traced back to 1953, when the first commercial Fifty Fathoms watch was unveiled. Back at that time, there were no dive computers. Therefore, a watch that can company the dive soldiers on their missions underwater were crucial for ensuring personal safety and time coordination. Knowing the importance of a good diver’s watch, the commanders of the French Combat Diving School were looking for a proper watch for the dive soldiers, but they could not find anything. Finally, they came to Blancpain, and the CEO back then—Jean-Jacques Fiechter was a passionate diver himself, so he decided to team up with the commanders to create the watch they needed. Since then, the first modern diver’s watch came out, and Blancpain has been “accompanying divers and underwater photographers in their exploration and discovery of the ocean’s fragile beauty, thus contributing to the knowledge of this fascinating universe and to the motivation to protect it.”


Carried on the legacy of their legendary ancestors, Blancpain introduces the Fifty Fathom Bathyscaphe (Ref. 5000-1110-B52A). Using Calibre 1315, this watch features self-winding movement that provides 120 hours power reserve. With a 43mm satin-brushed steel case and a small date aperture between 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock position on a meteor grey dial, it also offers a 30 bar water resistance. The hour markers at 3, 6, 9, and 12 o’clock are luminous, as well as all other hour dots and the vintage-inspired hands. The seconds hand also has a luminous dot that sits just inside the hour markers and a bright red tip for improved readability. The ceramic unidirectional bezel with one-minute graduations filled with LiquidMetal—a patented metal alloy to escalate the scratch-resistance level.