Blancpain Celebrates 70 Years of the Groundbreaking Fifty Fathoms Dive Watch

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Following the invention of the aqualung in 1942, sea diving saw a steep rise in popularity. Early dive watches featured an increase in water resistance and underwater visibility, but it wasn’t until 1953 that Blancpain debuted the Fifty Fathoms, a watch that set the blueprint for all divers from then on, continuing even today.

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Designed by the leader of a French combat dive unit, the Fifty Fathoms featured a locking rotating bezel with a quarter-hour scale to time your dive duration, an automatic movement, and a new hour marker configuration. Today, the French watchmaker celebrates the 70th anniversary of the watch with its first in a yearlong series of Fifty Fathoms special editions.

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Featuring plenty of inscriptions to mark the occasion, including on the black sunburst dial and the platinum rotor, the 70th Anniversary Series I timepiece features a 42.3mm case size — a first for the diver and right in between the 45mm of the standard Fifty Fathoms and the 40mm of the limited editions. Equipped with a black NATO strap, the stainless steel watch will run on the caliber 1315 automatic movement. 

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70 pieces of the watch will be made available for each of the three release regions (the U.S., Asia Pacific, and EMEA). No price has been given yet.