Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date 70s Hands-On

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date 70s Hands-On

If there was one abstain repeated around Baselworld 2018, it was that awfully numerous brands were avoiding any and all risks, supporting wagers on the vintage re-issue pattern with failed to remember, back inventory versions. Blancpain kind of did this last year with the Milspec , yet that watch was attached to a quite certain vintage Fifty Fathoms model, and didn’t feel like an over the top takeoff from the advanced Fifty Fathoms assortment, which has reliably kept up solid binds with its source material throughout the long term. This year, Blancpain is again venturing into its back index with the new restricted release Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date 70s, however this watch is more “propelled by” vintage versions, than an immediate re-issue of one. Is that something to be thankful for? Indeed, it’s surely not something awful – here’s why.

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The Bathyscaphe was acquainted with the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms jumper line back in 2013, where it brought a solid portion of vintage-propelled, however educated advancement to the assortment. Destined to be accessible in titanium and ceramic alongside the debut hardened steel, its 43mm case conveyed clean lines, fascinating inclines, and quieted wraps up. It was done with the Swatch Group’s unique advancements, as finely machine-completed developments, a Liquid Metal bezel, and later, shaded ceramic cases, yielding a secretive, though genuinely extravagance item that immediately acquired a lot of fans at aBlogtoWatch.


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If the Bathyscaphe had any naysayers, they were by and large of the psyche that the sweeping dial was maybe excessively open – pass to some extent to the little, conelike hourly lists, which don’t appear to coordinate the extents of the more extensive oar molded hands. Those shortcomings have everything except been redressed with the new Seventies Day Date, which gets the specific dial format from a vintage tonneau-molded Fifty Fathoms from the mid 1970s, and flawlessly drops it into the Bathyscaphe case. The final product is an all the more proportionately filled-in dial, whose applied rectangular lists are a superior match to the handset. Indeed, even still, I can’t resist the urge to feeling like the eccentric moment track running the external ring of the dial is a slight jumble against the striking current points of the case and bezel.

Visible through the sapphire caseback, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date 70s is controlled by Blancpain’s programmed 1315 “DD” Caliber, a 4Hz (28,800vph) development with a liberal 120-hour power hold and a day and date window at 3:00. The opening for the date reaches out to the peripheral edge of the dial, putting it straightforwardly in-accordance with the silver part ring, which is a pleasant detail. It’s important that this is the first run through Blancpain has acquainted such a complication with the 3-hand Bathyscaphe (outside of the Flyback Chronograph), yet it’s in good company. Blancpain additionally appeared a triplet of complicated Bathyscaphes, including an Annual Calendar and Calendar Moonphase – any of which should satisfy any individual who thought the first 3-hand Bathy was too ‘sterile.’

The dial itself is currently a graduated dim, which obscures towards the external ring of the dial, delivering itself as a warm beige under direct light, similar to what you’d see on a vintage watch with a blurred ‘tropical’ dial. It’s certainly a slick impact, and one that obviously differentiates the spotless, “Meteor Gray” sunburst dials found on the standard Bathyscaphes. Those warm tones are complemented by the ‘collectible’ chocolate calfskin lash which likewise comes standard on this version. On the wrist, the 43mm x 13mm case wears genuinely indistinguishably from the standard 3-gave Bathyscaphes (and likewise, indistinguishable from the new complicated models too). However, the warm, retro tones couldn’t yield a more unexpected presence in comparison to the obviously current, moderate look and allure of the standard version.


It’s odd that the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date 70s (ref. 5052-1110-63A) is restricted to just 500 pieces, as it would make for a superb in-line companion to the standard Bathyscaphe for those searching for something somewhat more traditionally vintage-motivated. Aim regardless, that restricted nature additionally loans it a higher beginning cost of €12,000 on one or the other sailcloth, NATO, or the upset calfskin tie. That value leaps to €14,500 in the event that you’d preferably have it on the astounding wristband. blancpain.com