As the earliest example of what we think of today as a dive watch, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is one of the most significant sports watches in history. The watch has seen dozens of incarnations since the 1953 original, and now one of the most-iconic references — the mid-’60s “No Rad” — has been resurrected by the brand.
The Blancpain Tribute to Fifty Fathoms No Rad honors the original “No Radiations” Fifty Fathoms from over 50 years ago. Debuting at a time when consumers were becoming more aware of the dangers posed by the highly-radioactive radium that was used to illuminate watches, Blancpain proudly issued a new iteration of their flagship diver with a prominent “No Radiations” symbol on the dial, declaring the watch’s safety thanks to its omission of radium lume. The new version looks almost identical to the original, but with some notable upgrades. The bezel is now domed sapphire, as is the crystal. The lume is old radium-style Super-LumiNova, the water resistance is 300m, and the movement is Blancpain’s own Caliber 1151, which is decorated and visible through the sapphire caseback. The collection is limited to 500 pieces and is available now through Blancpain.