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INTRODUCING: Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Ref. 5010

The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Ref. 5010-12B30-98S in grade 23 titanium with textured rubber strap.

Finally, the classically styled Fifty Fathoms we can wear daily.

Last year, Blancpain celebrated the Fifty Fathoms’ 70th anniversary with a series of events, culminating in the release of a unique bronze gold model, a well-sized steel model, and a professional diving model. Each watch represented the distinct phases of Blancpain’s close association with diving and dive watch lovers’ association with Blancpain.

The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Ref. 5010-36B30-B64 in red gold with textured rubber strap.
The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Ref. 5010-36B30-B64 in red gold with textured rubber strap.

This year, the watchmaker is breaking new (and old) ground by taking the Act I limited edition from last year and turning it into a regular release. This makes the new Fifty Fathoms the most desirable diving watch today. It is highly wearable at 42mm in diameter with a lug-to-lug of 47mm. Styled closely to the original Fifty Fathoms and its 50th and 70th anniversary special editions, the watch is now available in titanium or red gold. (Yes, Act I buyers can rejoice as they will have exclusivity to the steel model.)

The Blancpain Calibre 1315 equips the new Ref. 5010 Fifty Fathoms.
The Blancpain Calibre 1315 equips the new Ref. 5010 Fifty Fathoms.

Of course, most important is the fact that the case size offers ample space to house the brand’s Calibre 1315, the in-house movement which offers impressive accuracy, traditional haute horlogerie decoration, and a red gold rotor treated with NAC coating. The rotor also takes inspiration from the original model, resembling the traditional diving helmet. Its three barrels offer a 120-hour power reserve, enough for any diving experience.

The strapped versions of the new Fifty Fathoms Ref. 5010 come with a pin buckle engraved with
The strapped versions of the new Fifty Fathoms Ref. 5010 come with a pin buckle engraved with “Fifty Fathoms”.

The grade 23 titanium model comes with two dial options in deep blue or black, with a completely brushed and highly industrial finish that gives it a strong identity. The notched unidirectional rotating bezel features the same ceramic bezel insert, with luminescent diving scale markers that are designed to shine brighter and longer in the dark. It also has four strap/bracelet options, from a full titanium bracelet to sail canvas, NATO or textured rubber with a pin buckle that has ‘Fifty Fathoms’ engraved on it.

The Fifty Fathoms Ref. 5010-12B30-98S in grade 23 titanium with textured rubber strap.
The Fifty Fathoms Ref. 5010-12B30-98S in grade 23 titanium with textured rubber strap.

The red gold options also have blue or black dial iterations and sail canvas, NATO or textured rubber straps, but do not include a full gold option because, let’s face it, diving with a full gold braceleted watch would affect your buoyancy somewhat. These are non-limited and available to all buyers, which gives us a Fifty Fathoms in a classic design that fits most wrist sizes now. And it only took 21 years after the revival of the Fifty Fathoms to make this happen. Now, if Blancpain would consider making a depth gauge watch by 2044...

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Darren has been writing about, and admiring the craft of watchmaking for over a dozen years. He considers himself lucky to live in a golden age of horology, and firmly believes that the most difficult watches to design are the simplest and the most intriguing to discover.