As a pioneer of diving watches, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watch has received the special attention of many watch connoisseurs. This is true of modern collections, especially antique timepieces, such as this Fifty Fathoms ‘No Radiation’ watch.
After its first appearance in 1953, the Fifty Fathoms watch quickly caught the attention of Colonel Robert ‘Bob’ Marubier, who ordered the Blancpain diving watch for the French Navy Frogman. In the underwater environment, legibility is very important, so the indexes and hands of these watches are coated with a large amount of radioactive radium salt. However, this is not the case for civilian models. Blancpain deliberately decorated the words ‘No Radiations’ and signs above the 6 o’clock position of the dial to show the difference.
However, the collection value of these non-destructive models is because the original Fifty Fathoms watch is still unavailable, especially the well-maintained samples, just like this watch produced around 1965. The watch has a beautiful patina gloss, and its relatively neat dial with aging hands, hour markers and bezels gives it a unique retro look. The diameter of 41 millimeters, even by modern standards.
The built-in movement of this watch is decorated with the words ‘R310’, Blancpain refers to the Caliber AS1700 automatic movement. This movement is geared to the US market and is equipped with a tool watch, which is robust and durable. It is these elements that make Fifty Fathoms a fascinating chapter in the history of watchmaking, and it is very popular among watch fans. Especially today, the price of the Fifty Fathoms watch is still very high, and the auction price is also very high. In May 2017, this watch was photographed by Félis, with an estimated value of 15,000 to 25,000 Swiss francs before the auction, and was finally sold for 31,250 Swiss francs, confirming its due place in the antique watch market.