Going diving in the middle of a sandy desert? That’s what inspired Blancpain’s newest version of its Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date watch. In 1962, Ernest H. Brooks II ventured into Devils Hole in Death Valley National Park in Nevada, USA. This 120-foot chasm leads to perhaps the largest underwater river in the United States and is home to an extremely rare species of fish: The Devils Hole pupfish, or Cyprinodon diabolis. This historic dive has been remembered for decades and will now be celebrated with this beautiful, limited-edition timepiece.
Blancpain’s first Bathyscaphe model was released in the 1970s and shocked many with its nontraditional cushion-shaped case and inner rotating ring. Like that model, today’s has a gradient-colored grey dial plus week and date indication. It calls to mind the hot sand surrounding Devils Hole with its desert beige dial and sail-canvas strap. This color has never been featured in the collection before and makes a gorgeous addition that can be styled with a wide variety of clothing.
It’s easy to read the information displayed on this watch, thanks to the shades and sunburst finish, as well as theboldly- sized rectangular hour-markers and Super-LumiNova coated hands.
The information is displayed beautifully and functionally. A chapter ring punctuated with Arabic numerals marks the five-minute intervals. The date and day of the week windows are located at 3 o’clock.
The case is made of satin-brushed steel and measures 43 mm. It is water resistant up to 30 bar. It also has a high-performing Manufacture-made 1315DD movement, which can be observed through the sapphire crystal caseback. You can also see its its gold oscillating weight coated with a NAC treatment.
For accuracy, this watch is balance fitted with a silicon balance-spring. This makes it resistant to magnetic fields.
Whether you’re diving or simply going about your daily life, you will be impressed by the convenience of this watch’s five-day power reserve.
Blancpain is a watch company with a long history stretching back to 1735. It launched the Fifty Fathoms line, which it calls the first modern diving watch in the world, in 1953. This watch is an interesting and gorgeous innovation in its fascinating development.
Only 500 of Blancpain’s Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date Desert Edition are available. You can learn more about it on Blancpain’s website at Blancpain.com. If you are interested in purchasing this watch, you can make an appointment online to visit a Blancpain point of sale.