Blancpain: A 42-mm Fifty Fathoms for the 70th Anniversary of the Iconic Diver

70 years after the release of the first Fifty Fathoms and 20 years after the launch of the contemporary anniversary watches (the first dive watches with a sapphire bezel insert), Blancpain is starting a year of celebrations with the release of a dedicated new model: Featuring an exclusive 42-mm diameter and composed of three 70-piece limited series, the Ref. 5010A/B/C-1130-NABA will be available for pre-order on the Blancpain website in January 2023 for a retail price of €18,500.

To kick off year-long celebrations highlighting the 70th anniversary of the Fifty Fathoms – whose arrival set the benchmark for diving watches – Blancpain has just unveiled a new watch that is also a nod to the 2003 “renaissance” model. Three series are once again being produced, this time each comprising 70 watches. Each series is dedicated to a region of the world – EMEA, Asia-Pacific, the Americas – and bears a number from I to III on the dial. The dial is black with a sunburst motif and features vintage-look luminescent hands and block-type hour markers. The watch case, topped by the famous unidirectional bezel with a domed sapphire inlay, is made of polished steel and measures 42mm. This is an exclusive diameter, as no contemporary Fifty Fathoms has ever yet been offered in this size (the regular models measure 45mm, while the limited-edition Fifty Fathoms have a 40-mm case and usually the 1151 movement).

Movement here is the Cal. 1315 with 120 hours of power reserve, the oscillating weight with the “Fifty Fathoms 70th” logo is made of platinum. Follow this link to learn more about the Fifty Fathoms.

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