Cost however, there is a lot to appreciate about this new limited-edition entrance into the Fifty Fathoms lineup — that is likely why the watch is enjoying dip watch lover “sleeper hit” status post-Baselworld. Largely released without significant fanfare, part of this Used blancpain watches uk Replica OrologiTribute to Fifty Fathoms Mil-Spec watch’s appeal are its conservative dimensions and loyal adherence to the layout codes of the first Mil-Spec. But a key dimension of its allure is probably Blancpain’s inclusion of a important quality of the original: a functioning replica of the “watertightness” moisture indicator at 6:00. Back in the early days “when sex was safe and diving was dangerous,” dip watches were not the rugged, reliable tools we’re knowledgeable about today. Though paramount into a diver’s security, the earliest examples were still prone to damage by shock, plagued by poor visibility in low light, and built with instances ill-equipped to take care of great sea depths. Unsatisfied with issued watches that could not (quite literally) function under stress, French battle swimmer corps commanders Captain Robert Maloubier and Lieutenant Claude Riffaud hunted out the grandfather of the Fifty Fathoms, Jean-Jacques Fiechter, who had been already hard at work on a layout that could address these exact symptoms.But the opinion that became standard-issue into the UDT teams controlled by Maloubier and Riffaud wasn’t Fiechter’s first provincial Fathoms design, but one which contained an additional safeguard: a quirky watertightness index that would alert the wearer if their watch was compromised. Now, it’s well worth noting that this indicator is a little bit like a smoke detector — it merely points out the obvious, and does little to protect against the flame. But back in 1957 when the layout was pioneered and shortly adopted on all dive watches issued to combat swimmers, a diver only needed to know if his view could be reliable or not.
Introducing the new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe, a flyback chronograph version based on a new self-winding in-house movement beating at a rate of 36,000 vibrations/hour.
The new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe model houses a new in-house F385 automatic movement beating at a rate of 36,000 vibrations/hour. It is equipped with a column-wheel chronograph mechanism and a vertical clutch. It also offers a flyback function enabling the wearer to reset and instantly restart the chronograph simply by pressing the pusher at 4 o’clock. The advantage of a flyback function is that it becomes useful when taking fast measurements of successive times.
The watch is water-resistant to depths of 300 metres, so are also the chronograph pushers allows wearer to operate underwater without damaging the watch or the movement. The watch is endowed with an Faraday cage to protects the movement from the magnetic field. The watch features also a transparent case-back, which reveals the 18-carat gold oscillating weight clad in NAC (a platinum alloy) and featuring a sculpted Blancpain watches amazon Replica Orologilogo.
While Blancpain has maintained all the technical characteristics of the Fifty Fathoms collection, the aesthetic of the Bathyscaphe picks up the design of the original model. The domed black dial is highlighted only by lines and dots serving as hour-markers, while the date appears in a window at 4 o’clock. The sunburst finish on the dial and the snailed chronograph subdials add a depth to the overall effect. The rectangular hands recalls of those featured on the 1950s Bathyscaphe models. The ceramic unidirectional rotating bezel bears hour-markers filled with LiquidMetal, which gives it a high resistance to scratches. All markers are treated with Super-LumiNova, which gives it a great legibility when diving.
This new 43 mm wide Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback is available in a brushed black ceramic version with a black dial, or in brushed steel with a meteor grey dial. All models are fitted with an NATO or Canvas strap – two sturdy materials suited for underwater use. The steel version also comes on a metal bracelet, a first for this line. The prices start at $15,000 for the steel and $17,000 for the black ceremic version. For more info, please visit blancpain.com
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