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- About Blancpain
- About Blancpain Fifty Fathoms
- Date Function
- Case Material
- Case Dimension
- Case Back
- Strap Materials
- Water Resistance
- Additional Questions
In 1735, Blancpain was established by Jehan-Jaques Blancpain, in Villeret, Switzerland, which makes Blancpain one of the oldest watchmakers in the world. Blancpain is older than The Holy Trinity’s oldest member – Vacheron Constantin, which was established in 1755. It’s quite possible that Blancpain is the oldest existing watch manufacturer in the world.
The headquarters of Blancpain is to be found in Biel, Switzerland and Blancpain is nowadays wholly owned by Swatch Group.
Blancpain belongs to the absolute elite of the Swiss luxury watch brands. Blancpain is frequently ranked among the top 10 luxury watch brands of the world.
Blancpain’s prestige is equivalent to Rolex, and quite frequently, Blancpain is considered to be even more prestigious than Rolex.
Blancpain watches are faithfully produced in the old-fashioned Swiss watchmaking tradition.
The watches are sold in very few numbers which makes them considerably more expensive than most brands on the market. Every single Blancpain timepiece is handmade!
Blancpain watches are meticulously, thoroughly and exhaustively examined by professionals to ensure high quality timepieces – which implies resistance against thermal and mechanical shocks and resistance against magnetism. Each watch has to pass several accuracy tests as well.
Each individual timepiece is assembled, decorated and engraved by hand by a single professional watchmaker. This means the individual watchmakers and artisans set their personal touch on each and every timepiece. Not a single Blancpain timepiece is the same!
The legendary Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is the world’s very first modern divers watch! This is the divers watch that all other modern divers watches are modelled after. This is the “holy grail” among divers watch enthusiasts across the world. It was the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms that spearheaded the concept of the modern divers watch.
The story of Blancpain Fifty Fathoms started in 1953.
In 1953, the French navy’s “Combat Swimmers” needed a good and reliable divers watch for their operations, and the co-founders of the unit – Captain Robert “Bob” Maloubier and Lieutenant Claude Riffaud, approached, and requested the then CEO of Blancpain – Jean-Jacques Fiechter, to produce a divers watch for them. Blancpain’s CEO Jean-Jaques Fiechter accepted their challenge, and in 1953, the legendary Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, was produced.
Ever since 1953, Blancpain Fifty Fathoms has been a benchmark or reference for divers watches. Rolex’s very first modern divers watch, and moreover Rolex’s brand flagship – the legendary Rolex Submariner, was released the very same year as Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms.
The most commonly used movements are:
- Blancpain in-house automatic movement 1315, with 35 jewels, and a whopping 120 hour power reserve.
- Blancpain in-house automatic movement 25A, with 29 jewels. This movement contains a tourbillon.
- Blancpain in-house automatic movement 5215, with 35 jewels, and a whopping 120 hour power reserve.
- Some models are indeed equipped with a chronograph – most of them aren’t. Some models are equipped with a tourbillon.
The most commonly used materials are:
- Stainless steel.
- PVD stainless steel.
- 18 carat rose gold.
D = Diameter. TH = Thickness:
- D: 45mm.
- Depends on the model. Some models have a solid stainless steel case back while others have an exhibition case back/sapphire crystal case back.
- Unidirectional bezel.
- Sapphire crystal.
- Deployment buckle.
- 300 meters/1000 feet.
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is absolutely suitable for diving.
- What is a Divers Watch?
- What is the ISO-6425 international standard?
- What do the various water resistance levels actually mean?
- What is a “unidirectional bezel”?
- How does the bezel work?
- Authorized and non-authorized dealers – what is the difference between them?
- Return Policy
- What To Do If The Watch Breaks
- Repairing The Watch – What Goes On Behind The Scenes?
- How Frequently Does My Watch Need To Be Serviced And Cleaned?
- How To Use The Three Types Of Watch Movements
- How To Choose a Timepiece