Following its launch, the Fifty Fathoms started carving its niche in the opinion business, proving to be a reliable dive watch. Was it used in the submerged film The Silent World, but it was also used by the forces that were special. Even the US, France, Spain, Israel, and Germany were among those who outfitted their divers.
The dip watch was so good that people considered it more as a tool watch sold in dive shops instead of a proper watch!
Over the years, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms collection has evolved in layout and aesthetics but also concerning functionality. Blancpain and scientists, divers and designers have collaborated to come up with innovative versions of the watch. From different case shapes to dial designs and specifications that are improved, the Fifty Fathoms was on a roll!
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 3H Bund.
It had a stainless steel casemineral crystalclear, screw-down crown, and a water resistance of up to 200 metres! Another feature that’s worth noting about this version of this Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is the lack of numerals on the bezel. This view was never made available.
Quartz Crisis & Other Challenges
When the Quartz catastrophe hit like Swiss watch manufacturers, Blancpain endured a great deal. The business went bankrupt with tiny operations of motion production. With it, the future of the company was in peril, and the Fifty Fathoms was, of course, discontinued. Most of the company’s documents and documentation were destroyed, either with a passion and the lack of trust that the brand will recover.
Back in 1979, Blancpain was purchased by Jean-Claude Biver (mind of LMVH — a French multinational corporation and conglomerate specializing in luxury goods) and Jacques Piguet. Under Biver’s possession, the business flourished once more, hammering its legacy of producing watches that were top-notch. But during the helm of Biver, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms was to be seen. It was only when the business that the iconic dip watch had a chance to be revived.
Finally, in 1997, Blancpain introduced its own Fifty Fathoms editions, which come in three versions dubbed as the Fifty Fathoms Trilogy. 40mm stainless steel shell using a updated 300m water resistance is featured by the new watches. Powered by the calibre 1151, the watches had a more power reserve that is strong.
In 1999, a follow-up into the Trilogy was released, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Concept 2000 was introduced. It had a power reserve the Calibre 1151 automatic motion, also 300m water immunity.
From then on, there have been a number of iterations of the collection, to tourbillons and flyback chronographs from layouts.