One year after the spectacular launch of the X Fathoms at the Dubai Mall Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Blancpain is back with a world-exclusive vintage and modern Fifty Fathoms exhibition. Featured models range from the first modern diving watch presented almost 60 years ago to the latest creations of the Manufacture.
In 1953, Blancpain presented the first diver's watch indicating the remaining dive time on a locking bezel, to guarantee diver’s security, and featuring an innovative caseback to insure optimal water resistance. These patented technical achievements completed scuba equipment and greatly facilitated diving. Today, watches in the Fifty Fathoms collection remain the benchmark in their field and accompany explorers in their study of underwater ecosystems as well as intrepid free divers in setting new records. Equipped with a unidirectional rotating bezel, minimum guaranteed water resistance to 30 bar, a highly readable dial and a self-winding mechanical movement, each watch in the Fifty Fathoms iconic line combines watchmaking expertise with vital safety standards.
The exhibition in Dubai presents for the first time the main 1950's innovations through official patents, original locking bezels and caseback components, as well as a selection of rare vintage Fifty Fathoms watches. It is inscribed in Blancpain's efforts to inspire as many people as possible to learn about and become familiar with the underwater world. Convinced that people can only respect and protect what they love and can only love what they know, the Manufacture, through its diving watches, underwater photography exhibitions, and Edition Fifty Fathoms, serves a clear mission:
Raise awareness. Transmit our passion. Respect and help protect the ocean.
Conscious that no organisation alone can achieve the desired positive change in ocean protection, today, by the side of the National Geographic Society, Blancpain fully supports the Pristine Seas Expeditions. This program is an exploration, research, and conservation project to explore, survey, and help protect some of the last healthy, untouched places in the ocean. Thus, Blancpain once again helps increase the number of people knowing about and feeling concerned by this fascinating underwater universe.