Earlier this year at Baselworld, the Fifty Fathoms Bathsycaphe 38mm was published. The latest 38mm edition proved to be a welcome addition to the Fifty Fathoms lineup, as way back in 2013, Blancpain men’s classic collection replica watch introduced the very first edition of the Bathyscaphe with a 43mm case (in addition to a 38mm women’ version with a white bezel and dialup, and white NATO strap). The 43mm verison was received with very favorable reviews, however, the biggest complaint was the size. Now Blancpain has released the 38mm version of the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe in blue or black, which feels much longer at the vintage soul than the prior iteration. Let us go hands-on, will we?
The first Fifty Fathoms was made by Blancpain le brassus men’s replica watches in 1953. Technically, it was the first modern dive opinion — a nod that’s frequently given to the Rolex Submariner, but truth be told the Fifty Fathoms surfaced the year earlier. The Fifty Fathoms was created by Captain Robert Maloubier and Lieutenant Claude Riffaud, who were commanders of the French Combat Diving School at the time. They awakened with Blancpain best replica watches‘ CEO, Jean-Jacques Fiechter, to create the best dive watch, along with the Fifty Fathoms was born. It had been 42mm, with a one-way rotating bezel (the very first watch to get one) automatic (to decrease the necessity to operate the crown and possibly compromise water resistance) and was consuming around 300 ft. Fast-forward to 2013, and the modern, but vintage-inspired Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe was released — in celebration of the 60th anniversary of their first 50 Fathoms — at a 43mm stainless steel case and also with the automatic caliber 1315.
First things first — that the case. As I said, the case measures 38mm that’s a great size for classic watch lovers. The stainless steel is brushed throughout making the watch look a bit more significant than if it had been glistening. While this certainly makes sense for a tool watch, and certainly makes the watch feel more robust, I tend to lean away from brushed cases (there’s something about the sparkle of a polished case that I shall just never not love). But no matter I believe Blancpain men’s leman flyback chrono perpetual calendar fake did a wonderful job adapting this case to accommodate the urge for a smaller Fifty Fathoms, and the faceted lugs are still an attractive additional detail. The unidirectional ceramic bezel is a wealthy black, which gives the watch a little more depth visually, while serving a practical purpose.
The movement of the watch is your grade 1150. It’s not a new motion, and has actually been used in many existing models such as the Ladies’ Blancpain leman dual time zone mens clone watch Fifty Fathoms Bathsycaphe, and the Villeret Ultraplate Automatique. Caliber 1150 includes a 100-hour power book, and you’ll be able to see the solid gold strand through the trunk. Caliber 1150, at 3.25mm thick and 26.20mm in diameter, qualifies as an extra-flat movement along with the 100 hour power reserve (unusual for a motion this thin, and under 30mm) is indicating two mainspring barrels; the free-sprung balance provides better long-term accuracy. While it doesn’t include any significant new inventions, it is a solid selection for a tool watch despite the thin profile.
On the wrist this view wears really comfortably (despite a slightly too-stiff strap). It may be worn with someone of just about any build, and I can see this view easily transitioning from casual-office wear to the shore in a single fell swoop. However, the thing that is so interesting to me about this watch is that all of it was essentially borrowed from the women’s version from the Bathyscaphe’s 2013 launching, and made into a”men’s” watch, when usually it is the other way round. The sole reason for this I can think of, is that a lot of people (men and women) wanted a 38mm Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe all along.
Whatever the rationale, the 38mm Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe will be a welcome model to your family. I know that when I wore it on the office, everybody was interested in giving it a go. The retail cost is $9,500 that is still $2,000 more than the usual no-date Rolex Submariner, or $950 greater than a Sub with a date (which is the greatest cost comparison test for a dip watch). So it’s really hard to justify the price of this watch if you are looking to buy your first dive watch — though again, the in-house movement, using its 100 hour power reserve and gold rotor, makes the Blancpain more than only an also-ran technically. Then, too, an individual could argue that the original 1953 Fifty Fathoms has been the first dive watch and therefore any contemporary version is like purchasing a bit of history on your wrist. In any event, this view is a nicely done revision of this 2013 original, at a (for me) much more wrist-friendly size.