If there was one refrain echoed around Baselworld 2018, it was far too many brands were playing it safe, hedging bets on the classic re-issue trend with abandoned, back catalogue variations. Blancpain fifty fathoms vintage replica watches sort of did so last year with the Milspec, but that watch was tied to a very specific vintage Fifty Fathoms model, and did not feel like too much of a departure from the modern Fathoms collection, that has consistently maintained strong ties with its source material over recent years. This season, Blancpain is again reaching into its back catalog with the newest limited edition Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date 70s, but this watch is more”inspired by” vintage editions, than a direct re-issue of one. Is that a good thing? Well, it is definitely not a bad thing — here’s why.
The Bathyscaphe was introduced to the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms bathyscaphe ceramic replica watches diver back in 2013, in which it attracted a healthy dose of vintage-inspired, but tech-savvy modernity to the group. Soon to be available in titanium and ceramic along with the inaugural stainless steel, its 43mm case transported clean lines, intriguing bevels, and muted finishes. It was completed with the Swatch Group’s trademark technology, such as finely machine-finished movements, a Liquid Metal bezel, also later, coloured ceramic cases, producing a stealthy, albeit truly luxury product that immediately earned plenty of fans at aBlogtoWatch.
If the Bathyscaphe had any detractors, they were generally of the brain the expansive dial was possibly too open — no thanks in part to the small, conical hourly indices, which don’t seem to match the proportions of this broader paddle-shaped hands. Those shortcomings have all but been rectified using the new Seventies Day Date, which borrows the specific dial design from a vintage tonneau-shaped Fifty Fathoms in the early 1970s, also drops it to the Bathyscaphe case. The end result is a proportionately filled-in dial, whose implemented rectangular indices are a much better match to the handset. Even still, I can not help but feeling as the whimsical minute track running the outer ring of the dial is a small mismatch from the striking modern angles of the case and bezel.
The aperture for the date goes to the very surface edge of the dial, putting it directly in-line using the silver ring, and it is a wonderful detail. It’s worth noting this is actually the first time Blancpain blancpain fifty fathoms meteor fake watches have introduced any kind of disadvantage to the 3-hand Bathyscaphe (outside of the Flyback Chronograph), but it’s not alone. Blancpain fifty fathoms bathyscaphe titanium clone also surfaced a trio of complex Bathyscaphes, such as an yearly Calendar and Calendar Moonphase — some of that should satiate anyone who believed the first 3-hand Bathy was overly’sterile’
5052-1110-63A) is limited to just 500 pieces, as it might result in an fantastic inline companion to the standard Bathyscaphe for people who are searching for something slightly more classically vintage-inspired. Intent however, that restricted nature also lends it a high starting price of $12,000 on either sailcloth, NATO, or the distressed leather strap. That price jumps to $14,500 if you would rather have it about the superb bracelet.