Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Watch Hands-On

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Watch Hands-On

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Watch Hands On   hands on

Last year we were thrilled by the introduction of Blancpain's vintage-inspired Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe dive watch so when I heard that they had released a chronograph version I was both excited and a little worried. As Blancpain nailed the balance and proportions of the Bathyscaphe three-hander, I was worried that the inclusion of a chronograph feature might throw the original design off balance.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Watch Hands On   hands on

After seeing the new Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph in person, I'm pleased to report that the chronograph version is gorgeous and retains the flair and presence established by the preceding three-hander. With a brand new manufacture movement and some serious dive-ready credentials, the new Bathyscaphe Flyback Chrono is a fitting follow up to one of our favorite sport watches of 2013.

Still sporting the same 43.6 mm case width and a chronograph-housing height of 15.25 mm, the Bathyscaphe Flyback feels great on wrist and certainly looks the part for a dive chronograph. Available in steel with a grey dial or full brushed ceramic with a matching black dial, there's not a bad choice in the entire Bathyscaphe range.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Watch Hands On   hands on

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Watch Hands On   hands on

Additionally, the steel version of the chronograph (or now the three hander) can be optioned with a matching steel bracelet. The bracelet is heavy and very nicely made, with a brushed finish and a button-release butterfly clasp.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Watch Hands On   hands on

For our money, the Bathyscaphe Flyback is best on the sailcloth strap or the high-quality nato. For boney wrists like mine, I'd recommend the sailcloth option as it was instantly comfortable and kept the head of the Bathyscaphe in an ideal and flat position.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Watch Hands On   hands on

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Watch Hands On   hands on

The dial is beautifully executed with a slight dome and the same jewel-like applied markers we loved on the three-hander. Aside from a red-tipped chrono seconds hand, the Bathyscaphe Flyback is a monochromatic affair, with the steel version sporting a lovely sunburst finish on its grey dial.

The bezel is identical to that of last year's introduction, with a good grip, unidirectional travel and a ceramic insert with a LiquidMetal scale. The new in-house flyback movement places running seconds at six with a 12 hour register at nine and a 30 minute register at three.

10 comments
MirzaS
MirzaS

My grail at the moment. On the hunt for a chronograph, this has basically everything I have wanted esthetically and technically speaking. GORGEOUS!

Cybotron
Cybotron

Love this watch. This was one of my favorites at Baselworld.

Fraher
Fraher

I was never that drawn to Blancpain in the past, I paid attention to last years Bathyscaphe but felt it was a little too sparse, maybe the markers were too small, something subtly off with it, not a deal breaker though, but this has everything going for it, really well balanced, decent heft, beautiful bracelet, movement, size. Really well done.. 

Ryan B
Ryan B

This is a nice look, especially with the steel bracelet

Fraser Petrick
Fraser Petrick

I'd buy it for the steel bracelet alone (if it weren't for my skinny wrists and arms.) Handsome watch, simple, clean, honest.

armenta
armenta

I love the steel bracelet version. The links in the bracelet are very novel. I love the understated almost, dare I say German tool-watch sensibility, with a vintage feel. Plus add in the fact it can actually make it's way in the water. I think I found my new grail.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

The bracelet and surface finishing looks awesome on this.  I think the movement has some interesting details that make it a pleasure to look at even without being overly elaborate.  Actually, pretty much every part of this watch has been given enough consideration to make it distinctive which is something I greatly appreciate.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

Love that watch (and the 3 hander as well). Agree that the sailcloth strap is the winner. Great all around watch. It would almost pass as a dress watch and has the chops for serious dive watch or just all around sport watch. A gentleman's diver (rather than some huge lump of steel on a poser's wrist). I do wish the rotor was a bit less plain, but that's a pretty minor quibble.

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