The first modern diver’s watch
The Fifty Fathoms collection embodies Blancpain’s passion for the marine world, introduced for the first time in 1953 with the creation of the first modern diver’s watch. Ever since, we have worked alongside divers, scientists and underwater photographers in their exploration and discovery of the awe-inspiring beauty of the oceans, contributing in this way to the revelations of this fascinating world and the motivation to protect it.
All the Fifty Fathoms models bear the principal distinctive characteristics that forged the reputation of their legendary ancestor and established it as the archetypal diver’s watch. The same professionalism can be seen in the decisive choices, dictated by long experience of diving, its risks and its essential needs.
A passion for the underwater world
The latest additions to the collection are both extraordinary accomplishments and a tribute to the pioneers who made autonomous diving possible. It was their passion and devotion that opened up the horizons of underwater exploration and inspired Blancpain to bring innovative materials and new technical solutions to bear in extending the limits of its timepieces and satisfying the most demanding requirements.
In summary, experience with 12 Blancpain underwater watches during Operation HARDTACK yielded virtually complete satisfaction.[...] It is strongly recommended, on the basis of this experience, that the desirable features of this watch be incorporated in whatever watch is selected for Navy procurement.
Final testing report of 1959, from the US Navy. s./E.H. Lanphier