Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 'No Rad' Limited Edition

Regular price
$22,500
Regular price
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$22,500
REF 5008D-1130-64A
Automatic-winding
40 MM
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SKU AS09492
Article Number 40991864
ref 5008D-1130-64A
case size 40 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 2020s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Dive
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Rubber
lug width 20 MM
Includes Signed Tropic-style black rubber strap with signed stainless steel pin buckle. Also includes signed leather folio, books and warranty card dated March 2021.
overall condition Outstanding condition throughout. Case is exceptional showing only faint signs of wear from gentle use and handling. Dial and rubber strap are as-new.
REF 5008D-1130-64A
Automatic-winding
40 MM
– Show less
SKU AS09492
Article Number 40991864
ref 5008D-1130-64A
case size 40 MM
movement Automatic-winding
approximate age 2020s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Dive
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Rubber
lug width 20 MM
Includes Signed Tropic-style black rubber strap with signed stainless steel pin buckle. Also includes signed leather folio, books and warranty card dated March 2021.
overall condition Outstanding condition throughout. Case is exceptional showing only faint signs of wear from gentle use and handling. Dial and rubber strap are as-new.

Why We Love it

The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is without question one of the most iconic dive watches in history, and arguably the first; however, it might never have been made at all were it not for one man — Jean-Jacques Fiechter of Blancpain.

In 1952, the French Navy and Secret Services tasked two veterans with a formidable mission. These men — Lt. Claude Riffaud of the Navy and Captain Bob Maloubier of the Secret Services — were to create a specialized unit of combat divers, meant to act under the utmost secrecy. Some of the missions they were to enact included attacking ports, disrupting supply lines and sabotage of enemy vessels.

Riffaud and Maloubier had a general idea of what gear the divers needed — compasses, depth gauges, and of course, watches. But as far as the watches were concerned, there was no watch on the market specifically designed for the purposes to which these combat divers would utilize.

So Maloubier, armed with a pencil and protractor, sketched a watch. Not just any watch, but a watch ideally suited for diving. It needed to have a robust, watertight case, and a dial that would be legible in the darkest of nights, at the deepest of depths.

Pitched to several well-known manufactures, Blancpain was the only house that agreed to produce Maloubier's new design. Fiechter, Blancpain’s CEO at the time, relied on Maloubier's expertise and diving experience to create a unique watch equipped with a Bakelite bezel and rubber gaskets.Nothing like it had been seen before -  thus the world's first purpose-built diver's watch was born. Blancpain called it the Fifty Fathoms.

This example, a Reference 5008D-1130-64A, is a faithful modern reinterpretation of any early series model. It features a 40mm stainless steel case, a fully-graduated sapphire timing bezel with vintage inspired luminous tonality, a domed sapphire crystal, and the manufacture’s namesake engraved on the 9 o’clock case flank. 

Its luminous dial is immediately distinguishable by its ‘No Radiations’ logo above the 6 o’clock marker. Early examples of the Fifty Fathoms not destined for military service would bear a special design on the dial signifying that the luminescent material was not highly radioactive Radium. Don’t worry, nighttime legibility for this piece is provided by Super-Luminova — No Radium (‘No Rad’) here, either!

Powered by Blancpain’s self-winding Calibre 1151 with a 100-hour power reserve and convenient date function, this piece is outfitted on a signed Tropic-style rubber strap with a signed steel pin buckle.

Limited to just 500 units, this piece comes individually numbered '204' and is in fantastic condition from top to bottom, and includes its factory leather folio, books, and warranty card dated March, 2021.

Historically tied to the Naval Forces of France, Germany and the United States, this modern homage to the early Fifty Fathoms is a darling in the collector community - we don't expect this one to last long!

Brand Story

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Blancpain, the esteemed Swiss manufacturer that opened its doors in 1735 (and the oldest surviving watchmaker in the world), is known globally for crafting some of the most elegant pocket and dress wristwatches in history. Many of these pieces are brilliant works of horological art, and as a category are worthy of in-depth study and analysis. Since the firm’s acquisition by the modern forerunner of the Swatch Group in 1992, it has become synonymous with dazzling and complicated dress pieces, many of which are produced in precious metals.

But Blancpain's other genius — and what has arguably ensured their legacy — is the entrant into the world of purpose-built tool watches, and the industry's prototypical modern diver's watch: the legendary Fifty Fathoms. The genesis of this legendary timepiece has its roots in post-World War II France, where Captain Bob Maloubier (previously of the Special Operations Executive) and Lieutenant Claude Riffaud were tasked with setting up the French combat diver commando unit. The two approached Blancpain in the pursuit of a specialized diver’s watch — the design of which Maloubier drew up himself — and the Fifty Fathoms was born.

Later adopted by the militaries of Germany and the United States, the Fifty Fathoms now forms the core of Blancpain’s dive watch collection, having spawned myriad iterations over the years, including complicated and chronograph versions. It is the savoir faire necessary to produce such disparate products as an elegant gold moon phase and a steel combat diver’s watch that makes Blancpain such a fascinating company, and a compelling product to collect.

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Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

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Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 'No Rad' Limited Edition

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Regular price
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