Blancpain discharges a unique edition of 300 bits of its notable Fifty Fathoms jumper, this time to pay tribute to the French Combat Swimmers Unit. The case size and development of the 45mm Fifty Fathoms have not been changed yet the watch is decorated with official French Army symbol on the caseback and other indications that reserve it as an extraordinary edition dedicated to the commando frogmen.
From regular citizen to military waters
What began as Jean-Jacques Fiechter’s (CEO of Blancpain in 1950) individual mission to make a dependable underwater companion for his sporting plunging undertakings ended up becoming quite possibly the main jump watch of the 20th century. In equal, the founders of the recently shaped French Combat Swimmers unit were likewise on the chase for a vigorous instrument watch. Many watches were scrutinized yet none met their rigid prerequisites until, in 1953, they got their hands on Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms (named after its depth rating of fifty fathoms a British estimation comparable to 300 feet/91m). With its iridescent hands and hour markers, dull differentiating dial, gotten turning bezel, programmed development, water-opposition and hostile to attractive case, the Fifty Fathoms of 1953 turned into a fundamental piece of gear for the French Combat Swimmers corps and was subsequently received by maritime powers around the world.
Insignia of the “nageurs de combat”
The exemplary instance of the Fifty Fathoms, estimating 45mm distance across and 15.70mm tallness, is made from silk brushed hardened steel and is water-impervious to depths of 300m. The stepped help on the caseback addresses the official French Combat Diver Qualification Badge and depicts two winged seahorses flanking an anchor alongside the exceptional edition number x/300. A bended sapphire supplement to maintain a strategic distance from stuns and scratches secures the dark tightened unidirectional turning bezel with its iridescent time scale.
The matte dark dial with its differentiating hands and hour markers is trademark Fifty Fathoms. Nonetheless, there are no Arabic numerals on this model and the strong mathematical shapes are designed to inspire the age of 1950s Blancpain military jump watches. Another gesture to the past is the restoration of the three-sided marker at 12 o’clock that showed up on the initial Fifty Fathom models. Indeed, even the lume on the hands is white, similarly as it was on period watches.
However, the most un-obvious, however maybe generally emblematic, implication to the French underwater commandos is highlighted on the dial simply over the 6 o’clock hour marker. The dark number 7 imprinted on the dial is an immediate reference to the most extreme depth (7 meters) that frogmen can comprehend when utilizing unadulterated oxygen. After 7 meters, the oxygen becomes toxic.
automatic Caliber 1315
Below the fixed caseback is Blancpain’s programmed type 1315. It works at 4Hz/28,800 vibrations each hour and its three-barrels, coupled in arrangement, can store a vigorous force save of 120 hours or 5 days. This development likewise includes a free-sprung balance haggle hairspring is in non-attractive, stun safe silicon. It shows the hours, minutes, seconds and the date at 4 o’clock.
Availability and Price
The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms French Combat Swimmers is a limited edition of 300 watches. Cost is normal around CHF 14,000. For more data, please visit www.blancpain.com .