LOT 44




For Only Watch 2017, Blancpain reinterprets one its iconic models.


The Fifty Fathoms, created in 1953, was the first modern diving watch. In the wake of its adoption by the French Navy's combat swimmers corps for which it was initially designed, this timepiece was ordered by some of the most powerful navies in the world. In 1957-1958, Jean-Jacques Fiechter, CEO at the time, added a first additional element to his diving watch: a circular water-resistance indicator, which was to become a standard-issue feature on watches worn by American combat swimmers.



Gianluca Genoni: 18 apnea world records, including 160 meters in depth and a time of 18 minutes, 3 seconds. He will serve as an instructor, for you and four of your family members or friends, thus enabling you as a group to go beyond your limits. Blancpain, the world’s oldest watch brand, offers an opportunity to discover the workshops where the Manufacture’s horological complications have been created for more than 280 years.





Model name:

Tribute to Fifty Fathoms MIL-SPEC "Only Watch unique piece"



The movement with its NAC-coated solid gold winding rotor bearing the Blancpain logo and the inscription “Only Watch” is clearly visible through the transparent sapphire back of the stainless steel 40mm diameter case that is guaranteed water-resistant to 300 meters.



Date and seconds, unidirectional sapphire bezel, black dial with water-resistance indicator. If any liquid were by chance to seep into the watch case, a disk at 6 o'clock would signal the problem by changing color from white to red.



Blancpain's in-house self-winding caliber 1151, comprising 210 components including two series-coupled mainspring barrels and offering a four-day power reserve.

Information on the bracelet of the watch

Black NATO strap



Diameter 40.30 mm, thickness 13.23 mm



Indexes and hands in yellow Super-LumiNova®, yellow date display, black unidirectional bezel with luminescent yellow markings, "Only Watch" inscription engraved on the gold winding rotor.



CHF 10,000 - 17,000

9,000 - 15,000 €

11,000 - 18,000 $

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