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Taking apart a Blancpain Fifty Fathoms from the early 1950’s and a brand new one

Taking apart a Blancpain Fifty Fathoms from the early 1950’s and a brand new one

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The other day we distributed a long meeting with Peter Speake-Marin , so you could become more acquainted with somewhat more about Peter, and today we’re going to have a more intensive gander at what precisely he’s doing these days. Other than being an agreeable, practical and consistently lovely individual, an upbeat and pleased father, and an incredibly capable watchmaker, Peter deconstructs watches. Furthermore, he shares this online so everybody can see it, and appreciate the watches that are being deconstructed. 

Recently Peter deconstructed a Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, or really, two! He dismantled an old Fifty Fathoms from the mid 1950’s and a fresh out of the plastic new one, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms ref.5015-1130-52. The old one is rather uncommon as it is one of the early instances of the Fifty Fathoms, nowadays completely reestablished and part of the Blancpain gallery assortment. The Fifty Fathoms was one of the absolute first jump watches to come to showcase, back in 1953. It was produced for the French naval force (military specs) to empower jumpers to imagine the excess ‘oxygen time’ during their plunges (by methods for the turning bezel.) A fascinating truth is that Blancpain’s CEO at the time, Jean-Jacques Fiechter,  was an enthusiastic beginner jumper himself and he was quickly set up to build up the watch as mentioned by the French navy.

Mind you, in an era of little dress watches, a huge 42mm watch with a major dark turning bezel and long, monstrous, drags, was an unheard thing of. The Rolex Submariner ref. 6202 that was likewise presented in 1953 looks little and practically exquisite compared to the ‘humongous’ Fifty Fathoms. The watch was waterproof up to a profundity of 50 fathoms, and keeping in mind that we don’t utilize fathoms any longer, this equivalents 91.45 meters. At the time that was considered as the most extreme profundity that jumpers could securely reach with their oxygen blend. In the event that you need to peruse more about the historical backdrop of the Fifty Fathoms than please look here , however now, let’s examine the old Fifty Fathoms that Peter took apart.

To find out about what Peter does, or how he gets things done over at The Naked Watchmaker, I’m showing you some screen captures of the site. Above is the development of the vintage Fifty Fathoms and each photograph shows the development as the parts are taken out. It very well may be more for hardcore watch lovers, yet in addition for reference when you’re looking for a particular watch it will assist with seeing all pieces of both the development and case/bezel in such brilliant detail.

Over the years, the plan of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms changed a few times, so there are a few case shapes and dial plans until the mid-1970s. After a delay, because of the quartz emergency, Blancpain presented a new release of the Fifty Fathoms in 1999 (which included a metallic bezel with numerals in reliefs.) In 2007, Blancpain updated it and the outcome is the Fifty Fathoms that is as yet in the current assortment (and that’s a lot nearer to the vintage Fifty Fathoms as far as plan). The new Fifty Fathoms estimates 45mm in distance across, has a profundity rating of 300 meters (multiple times more than the old), and comes with an extra date work. Hence, there’s another development and a new case development. Peter dismantled this new Fifty Fathoms also, coming about again in a reasonable portrayal (in words and photos) of the watch, the case, bezel, dial, development and obviously its functions.

Inside ticks type 1315, covered up under a soft iron cap and a steel case back.

And after this, Peter begins taking the watch separated, again sharing individual photographs of practically all the individual parts. It’s incredible to perceive how all around completed the parts are, notwithstanding being covered up for more often than not, and normally simply obvious to the watchmaker who’s going to support the movement.

In the jam-packed universe of (on the web) watch distributions, it would seem that Peter found a specialty that will unquestionably get a consistent after. Whether as a week after week read or as a source of perspective guide for at whatever point you need it. I want Peter to enjoy all that life has to offer deconstructing a lot more watches and making extraordinary stuff for watch aficionados to gain from and to respect. Snap here to visit the Naked Watchmaker.