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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Fifty Fathoms Automatique 45.00 mm 5015D-1140-71B

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Watch StyleSport-de-Luxe, Diver
Case FormRound
Case MaterialStainless Steel
Case Diameter45mm
Case Thickness15.40mm
Case BackTransparent
Bezel MaterialStainless Steel
Bezel FunctionUnidirectional Rotating
Water Resistance300m/1000ft
FunctionsHours, minutes, seconds, date
Power Reserve120 hours
Movement Features35 jewels, 227 parts
Bracelet/StrapStainless Steel
Strap ColorSteel
Buckle MaterialStainless Steel
Buckle TypeDeployment Clasp
Alternative Reference5015d114052b
Additional InfoWatch comes in genuine water resistant Peli case.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Fifty Fathoms Automatique 45.00 mm 5015D-1140-71B Details:

In 1932 the dynasty of Blancpain watchmakers was suddenly interrupted when Frederick Emil passed away, leaving no heirs. The company gave its reigns to Betty Fiechter, close friend and a business partner of Frederic-Emile as well as the owner of a factory producing Tornek-Rayville equipment.Blancpain was renamed to Blancpain-Rayvile and was mainly engaged in the engineering development of watch cases and metals, virtually closing down its watchmaking field. But after the war came the new times. Advanced technologies began to actively penetrate the horology world. Finally it was just the right time for Blancpain expertise.In 1952, two French naval officers got an assignment from the Ministry of Defense of France to create an elite Navy unit, called Les Nageurs de Combat, that is, "Men of Honor."Only the best of the best were chosen. The only thing lacking was the specialized equipment capable of operating at great depths. Most leading French manufacturers received orders for the development of such equipment.For the production of deep-sea watches officers addressed Blancpain- Rayville representatives in particular. The naval officers were referred to Blancpain by a French factory Lip from Besanson, the state monopoly in the production of watches, whose masters found the task too difficult and advised to contact Blancpain.Blancpain engineers accepted the challenge and created a brand new case with an additional compartment that was pumped with a mixture of air and helium. Thus the mechanism enclosed inside a Blancpain case could work with high precision at a depth of 50 fathoms - that is 91 meters.This was the threshold depth set in the 1950s as the safe diving depth for an average person. Of course, as time went by this threshold has been increased and new models were produced, which could operate at even greater depths. But the Fifty Fathoms («50 fathoms") became the first watch to descend to the deepest level permissible for a human being.Captain Bob Maloubier was very impressed with the watch and in 1953 Ministry of Defense has placed an official order for the Fifty Fathoms, which became part of the official gear of the elite Navy fleet.Blancpain was quite a small factory at that time and could not manage a full-size production. Therefore, Blancpain-Rayville ​​only produced the body of the watch (the main know-how of the model), and the Lip R23 mechanisms for Fifty Fathoms was supplied by Lip factory. In 1954, the Fifty Fathoms became available for sale in France, and dial featured two logos: Blancpain and Lip.This collaboration was a lucky ticket and a chance of survival for Blancpain. At the time Lip watch factory was the largest in France and one of the most eminent in Europe. Lip’s respectable reputation brought more recognition to the Fifty Fathoms watches among the French buyers, and with it has brought fame to Blancpain - the true creator of "50 Fathoms." Fine diver watch by Blancpain. Blue dial, date window between 4 & 5 o'clock. Uni-directional rotating bezel. Blancpain Caliber 1315, composed out of 227 parts, contains 35 Jewels & has an approximate power reserve of impressive 120 hours. Stainless steel bracelet with stainless steel deployment clasp.

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