In Baselworld 2018 Blancpain introduced several new versions in the Fifty Fathoms set including my favorite, which will be this Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Automatique Grande Date 5050. The 5050 is a more recent version with an upgraded movement and different case materials. With that said, it’s not a replacement of the 5015, but instead an additional added taste. The Fifty Fathoms set in its current form is certainly an aging version (having been coined in 2007) — although it is faring well even after more than a decade of being on the market. The 2018 Fifty Fathoms Grande Date 5050 might not get owners of the 5015 to”update,” but it could easily get even more people into wearing what’s an extremely appealing and good-performing high-end Swiss diver’s view.
All hands-on images by Ariel Adams & David Bredan
Blancpain fifty fathoms bathyscaphe replica watch launched the Fifty Fathoms Automatique Grande Date 5050 using just two model variants, which only vary in exactly what strap they come paired with. The reference 5050-12B30-B52A comes paired on a very wonderful quality black-colored”sail canvas” strap as envisioned, and the reference 5050-12B30-NABA comes on a black NATO-style strap. Both of these are great sporty strap options but I truly want to see the Fifty Fathoms 5050 onto a bracelet. The 5015 includes a steel bracelet option, which I think is a fantastic look, but the 5050 does not have a bracelet option at this moment. The reason I think is this new Fifty Fathoms Grande Date is in ceramic, and making the bracelet may be more expensive than what many clients are ready to spend. More sothis is the only titanium watch of the size to the Fifty Fathoms collection and Blancpain probably wishes to wait for a couple more watches with this case to be used if they are going to produce a matching titanium bracelet. I would also personally love to find a black alligator strap with this watch. The ring is an irregular size in 23mm wide.
It is correct that the no-longer made Blancpain 500 Fathoms dive watch was the first of their brand’s modern dive watch versions to use titanium. That version was larger at 48mm broad (and about 17mm thick), which makes the already large 45mm broad (and 16.27mm thick) Fifty Fathoms seem modest in size by comparison. Contrary to the dressier polished finishing of the steel Fifty Fathoms, this titanium 5050 version is provided a more tool-style satin-brushed finishing for the titanium. As is true with Blancpain’s prestigious athletic watches the situation is produced with beautiful precision and the overall quality of all of the components from the Fifty Fathoms Automatique Grand Date seems fantastic.
Case water resistance stays at 300m and dial legibility is still excellent. Blancpain fifty fathoms meteor replica watches also proceeds with their fantastic curved softball crystal-topped rotating diver’s bezel which has luminant painted numbers. Sapphire crystal within the bezel is extremely scratch-resistant. Blancpain has had big date watches previously but the majority of them had the date window eccentrically set on the dial. With this new motion the big date display with both windows is placed at a more symmetrical place. I really do miss the 6 o’clock hour indicator but the dial symmetry with the big date complication makes it work out in the end for me. What I am not sure of is whether the huge date numerals are painted with luminous material. If this is the case and the date is also presented with Super-LumiNova, then I believe that the dial will probably be just that much more appealing.
Otherwise the dial of this 5050 is largely exactly like the dial of the 5015 with a few other small changes. The strong and elegant sword-style hands remain, however, the Arabic hour numeral markers at the 3 and 9 o’clock positions have been replaced with arrow-head design markers to match the remainder on the dial. The dial is still one of the prettiest on a diver’s design tool see in my opinion, given its own emulation of classic functional style with contemporary implementation.
The movement inside of the Fifty Fathoms Automatique Grande Date 5050 is the same foundation motion as the 5015 version with a few important differences. Also of importance is the 5050 collection comes with an exhibition caseback now allowing you to see movement while keeping the identical level of water resistance. The base caliber is”100% in house created” (since Blancpain likes to remind us all), and also for the Fifty Fathoms Grande Date is referred to as the grade 6918B. Together with haute-horology finishing but a contemporary and semi-industrial aesthetic, the automatic movement also now includes a silicon hairspring (4Hz operational frequency) while the three mainspring barrels continue to offer 120 hours (five days) of power book. Blancpain fifty fathoms mil spec fake watch designed the 6918B motion to permit for all of the functions — including adjustment of the big date using the crown with no requirement for additional pushers.
I respect this mechanical movement quite a bit and enjoy we are now able to view it through the caseback on this Fifty Fathoms model. I do however regret Blancpain’s usage of a much more generic Blancpain fifty fathoms vintage movement replica brand rotor design as opposed to something somewhat more on-theme to get a dive watch. Previous models had an automatic rotor which has been shaped like a nautilus shell. Something like that, in my view, would have allowed collectors to create a marginally closer, emotional bond with this view. Finally, I want to add that due to the silicon balance spring, the 5050 (like the 5015) is an”anti-magnetic” watch with a good level of resistance to magnetic fields.
The marketplace for luxury sport watches ($5,000 and up) is huge and collectors have a tendency to get stuck in loops buying exactly the same things. Blancpain never gets as much attention as I want when it concerns the superiority of the sport watches — though I think it is related to price. Omega does indeed have a whole lot of luxury sport watch business at Swatch Group. Blancpain fifty fathoms anniversary 40mm clone on the other hand is frequently seen as mostly a dress watch company with largely watch collectors and not lay consumers being interested in their sport watches — a lot of which cost over $10,000 from non-precious materials. If it is possible to budget for one of these”luxury daily dive watches,” that I think you’ll be really pleased with the quality and style.