The Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph by Blancpain

By Paul Joseph

Historical Swiss luxury watchmaker Blancpain has created a new incarnation of its historic Bathyscaphe diver’s timepiece.

First launched in the late 1950s as a diver’s watch also suited for daily wear, the Bathyscaphe was reinterpreted by Blancpain last year and has now undergone another revamp.

The latest ‘Fifty Fathoms’ Bathyscaphe model, which is available in either brushed black ceramic with black dial or in brushed steel with meteor grey dial, houses a new 13-lignes Manufacture Blancpain movement and is equipped with a column-wheel chronograph mechanism and a vertical clutch.

It also offers a flyback function enabling the wearer to reset and instantly restart the chronograph simply by pressing the pusher at 4 o’clock.

Some of the watch’s key benefits to divers include its capacity to take fast measurements of successive times, while the water-resistant chronograph pushers also enable use up to depths of 300 metres. Furthermore, the watch’s strap is made from a choice ofNATO fabric or sail canvas – two highly sturdy materials ideal for aquatic use.

Other notable components include a transparent back revealing an 18-karat gold oscillating weight clad in NAC (a platinum alloy) and featuring a sculpted Blancpain logo.

Blancpain was founded by Jehan-Jaques Blancpain in Switzerland in 1735.

By Paul Joseph