The Fifty Fathoms collection
The spirit to preserve
The Fifty Fathoms collection embodies Blancpain's passion for
the underwater world that was originally expressed in 1953
with the presentation of the first modern diver’s watch.
All Fifty Fathoms models feature the main signature elements that forged the reputation of their legendary ancestor and established it as the archetypal diver's watch. The same professionalism is apparent in the decisive design choices, dictated by a wealth of experience in the field of diving, its risks and its imperious necessities.
The latest additions to the collection are extraordinary technical achievements as well as a tribute to the pioneers who made scuba diving possible. It is their passion and dedication which opened up whole new vistas for underwater exploration and that continue to inspire Blancpain in using innovative materials and new technical solutions in order to push the limits of its timepieces and to fulfil the most sophisticated demands.
A passion for the underwater world
Exploring and preserving the world’s oceans is core to Blancpain. Throughout the nearly 70-year history of the Fifty Fathoms diving watch, the Brand has woven close ties with the explorers, photographers, scientists, and environmentalists who treasure these precious resources. These affinities have inspired Blancpain to support important activities and initiatives dedicated to the oceans.
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