Blancpain celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Fifty Fathoms

In 2023, Blancpain is marking the 70th anniversary of the Fifty Fathoms. This memorable year for the Manufacture promises to be filled with celebrations. Timepieces and exclusive experiences will punctuate the next 12 months, orchestrated around the key number 70, as well as 20 and 10: 70 for the 70th anniversary of the Fifty Fathoms; 20 for the 20th anniversary of the contemporary Fifty Fathoms and the Blancpain Ocean Commitment; and 10 for the 10th anniversary of the Gombessa expeditions.

Blancpain CEO Jean-Jacques Fiechter during a dive in the South of France, 1953

Jean-Jacques Fiechter

The original Fifty Fathoms, 1953, and its main features which are at the origin of the first modern diving watch

1. Automatic winding movement
2. Anti-magnetic shielding
3. Large easy to read luminous markings, white on black
4. Superior water resistance thanks to a patented case back seal and a patented double sealed crown
5. A locking rotating bezel, which later became a unidirectional rotating bezel

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First Fifty Fathoms, 1953 ©Blancpain