On the eve of Baselworld 2009, Blancpain presents the “big sister” of its now famous Fifty Fathoms watch: the brand-new 500 Fathoms. More high-performance and high-tech than ever, the brand’s latest diver’s watch is water resistant to 1000 meters. The 48 mm brushed titanium case is equipped with a helium decompression valve.
To enhance readability, Blancpain has designed large phosphorescent Arabic numerals that are hollowed
into the sunray-brushed metal appliques. The luminescent coating on the hour-markers, bezel markings and hands, along with the red tip of the sweep seconds hand, enhance readability in all circumstances. The luminescent base of the black dial reveals its fluorescence only in the dark, while the date appears in white against a black background at 4 o’clock. The unidirectional ratcheted bezel facilitates handling and avoids any involuntary extension of the dive time. Crafted in titanium and sapphire crystal, it features a gentle cambered relief that reduces the risk of impacts.
The 500 Fathoms is powered by the self-winding Calibre 1315, specifically designed for use in sports watches. It incorporates a glucydur balance with micrometric regulating screws which helps to prevent shocks from disturbing the smooth running of the watch. Three series-coupled barrels guarantee constant energy and a five-day power reserve. The calendar mechanism offers quick date adjustments in either direction, even at midnight, without any risk of damaging the mechanism. The engraved, propeller-shaped rotor can be viewed through a sapphire case back. The movement measures 30.6mm in diameter and 5.65mm thick, and it consists of 222 parts.
The 500 Fathoms is equipped with a sturdy, watertight 24mm strap in rubber-lined black sail canvas. The triple-blade folding clasp is secured with two pushers on either side. A rubber strap is also included. The watch and straps come in a rugged presentation box designed to handle extreme conditions. The Blancpain 500 Fathoms will be produced in a limited edition of 500 pieces.