Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe

Regular price
$9,400
Regular price
Sale price
$9,400
REF 5000-0240-O52A
Automatic
43 MM
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SKU AS07156
ref 5000-0240-O52A
case size 43 MM
movement Automatic Winding
approximate age 2010s
dial color Blue
material Ceramic
style Dive
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Fabric
lug width 23
Includes Signed blue sail canvas strap with signed ceramic pin buckle. Also includes: inner and outer boxes, books, diver logbook, additional textile strap, polishing cloth, serialized hangtag, watch roll, and warranty information.
REF 5000-0240-O52A
Automatic
43 MM
– Show less
SKU AS07156
ref 5000-0240-O52A
case size 43 MM
movement Automatic Winding
approximate age 2010s
dial color Blue
material Ceramic
style Dive
category Pre-Owned Contemporary
bracelet Fabric
lug width 23 MM
Includes Signed blue sail canvas strap with signed ceramic pin buckle. Also includes: inner and outer boxes, books, diver logbook, additional textile strap, polishing cloth, serialized hangtag, watch roll, and warranty information.

Why We Love it

In the history of dive watches, a few names tend to stand out as pioneers and innovators: Rolex. DOXA. Blancpain.

The latter changed the world with its Fifty Fathoms, a timepiece that many consider — and rightfully so — to be the world's first true diver's watch. However, the Fifty Fathoms wasn't the only diver that the maison from La Brassus produced. There was also a scaled-down version called the Bathyscaphe, named after the manned submersible of the Swiss explorer-diver Auguste Piccard. More recently, Blancpain has revived the Bathyscaphe nomenclature, offering an entire line of sophisticated divers that pay homage to their vintage counterparts. 

This particular Bathyscaphe from the 2010s is a burly, no-nonsense diver with a gorgeous dial — the type of watch you can wear on a dive and, and then straight to drinks or dinner. Housed in a 43.6mm ceramic case with a sapphire crystal, a signed ceramic crown, and a unidirectional dive bezel with a blue, ceramic insert, it features a sunburst blue dial with applied, luminous indices, a matching ‘syringe’ handset, an outer minute track, and a date window at 4:30. 

Powered by automatic Blancpain Calibre 1315 movement — which is visible via a sapphire caseback — it comes paired to a signed, blue textile leather strap with a signed ceramic pin buckle. In excellent condition, it also includes its factory goodies, along with a diver’s log book.

In search of the perfect vacation or weekend watch? Good, because we just found it for you.

Overall Condition

Case is in outstanding, as-new condition overall showing only faint signs of strap wear from display use. Luminous sunburst navy blue dial with applied indices is in as-new condition with matching handset. Signed crown.

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.a

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.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

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.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe

Regular price
$9,400
Regular price
Sale price
$9,400
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe

Why We Love it

In the history of dive watches, a few names tend to stand out as pioneers and innovators: Rolex. DOXA. Blancpain.

The latter changed the world with its Fifty Fathoms, a timepiece that many consider — and rightfully so — to be the world's first true diver's watch. However, the Fifty Fathoms wasn't the only diver that the maison from La Brassus produced. There was also a scaled-down version called the Bathyscaphe, named after the manned submersible of the Swiss explorer-diver Auguste Piccard. More recently, Blancpain has revived the Bathyscaphe nomenclature, offering an entire line of sophisticated divers that pay homage to their vintage counterparts. 

This particular Bathyscaphe from the 2010s is a burly, no-nonsense diver with a gorgeous dial — the type of watch you can wear on a dive and, and then straight to drinks or dinner. Housed in a 43.6mm ceramic case with a sapphire crystal, a signed ceramic crown, and a unidirectional dive bezel with a blue, ceramic insert, it features a sunburst blue dial with applied, luminous indices, a matching ‘syringe’ handset, an outer minute track, and a date window at 4:30. 

Powered by automatic Blancpain Calibre 1315 movement — which is visible via a sapphire caseback — it comes paired to a signed, blue textile leather strap with a signed ceramic pin buckle. In excellent condition, it also includes its factory goodies, along with a diver’s log book.

In search of the perfect vacation or weekend watch? Good, because we just found it for you.

Overall Condition

Case is in outstanding, as-new condition overall showing only faint signs of strap wear from display use. Luminous sunburst navy blue dial with applied indices is in as-new condition with matching handset. Signed crown.

Brand Story

+
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.a

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.

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

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.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

+

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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