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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Watch In Gray Plasma Ceramic

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Watch In Gray Plasma Ceramic Watch Releases

In a reinterpretation of their famous diving line, we see the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe in gray plasma ceramic for Baselworld 2016. Blancpain has created various iterations of this iconic watch in the past, and this vintage-inspired piece is another hit you’ll likely admire.

The ceramic dial is a gorgeous, deep blue that references the very depths of the ocean. The hour markers are LiquidmetalÂ, and the thick, illuminated hands ensure legibility in the deepest of dives, especially with the lume on the unidirectional rotating bezel. You will find a date window between 4 and 5 o’clock and the sapphire crystal case back allows a view of the movement. Blancpain first used a grey plasma ceramic case with the Bathyscaphe Chronographe Flyback Ocean Commitment in 2014, and here it is again in stunning form. The production of this case adds a metallic sheen to the color palette and produces an elegant yet utilitarian experience.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Watch In Gray Plasma Ceramic Watch Releases

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Watch In Gray Plasma Ceramic Watch Releases

As any dive watch worth its salt should be, this Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe is meant to be taken underwater and is rated for 300m of water resistance. Behind the dial, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe is powered by Blancpain’s powerful in-house 1315 movement. The 1315 contains a three-series mainspring that offers a remarkable five-day power reserve (roughly 120 hours). This 35-jeweled automatic movement is renowned for its robustness and durability, and it is incredibly convenient to have an automatic that you can forget about and pick up a few days later without having to always use a winder. The silicon balance-spring allows a decrease in density and enhanced shock-absorption while affording increased magnetic resistance. For additional precision, the movement is also outfitted with a glucydur balance wheel with gold micrometric screws ensuring a smooth operation.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Watch In Gray Plasma Ceramic Watch Releases

This Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe is a welcome addition to the Fifty Fathoms collection. Blancpain has managed to create a real beauty here, that is topped off with the exquisite grey plasma ceramic case. The dial is lovely on its own, but the metallic complexion of the case really pairs wonderfully with the blue accents. Price on the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe is $12,800. blancpain.com

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  • iamcalledryan

    looks superb

    • I thought so too until i held it up close–i was not very impressed. Too much empty space and really small elements all around — the markers, the bezel, the weird date.

      • spiceballs

        That’s a useful comment – thx. One really needs to see watches “in the metal” as it were.

  • Luke S

    Is “Fifty Fathoms” a historical name from when the watch was first rated? A quick Google search reveals fifty fathoms to be less than 100m.

    • iamcalledryan

      Yes, it was one of the first divers

    • Bert Kanne

      Hmmm…sounds like the watches name should be changed to at least “One Hundred Fifty Fathoms”. Other than the watches fantastic power reserve I don’t see why this watch should sell for any more than $1,500

  • BNABOD

    Looks great a bit steep price wise for a three hander but damn that dial is spectacular . The hands though not a fan they always bugged me even on the current version.

  • Trevor

    I’m not against having a date window, but the size of the numerals doesn’t seem proportionate. They’re the largest text on the dial. “Plasma ceramic” is a nice splashy name, but I wish Blancpain provided more info on its properties- namely its scratch-resistance and any improvement on most ceramics’ susceptibility to chipping when hit.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Really like it ,……but,i hate the position of the date window,and back, although nice to see could have been made more pleasing to the eye. Would love to see how that face reacts to normal sunlight.

  • I don’t get this kind of watches: a diver is supposed to be a rugged, daily, resistant, watch. But if you make it ceramic, it will very easily crack under “normal” operation (bear in mind the intended normal operation of a diver), so, why do it? For desktop divers only?
    I’m betting a serious diver won’t subject this watch to normal operation because of the fear of breaking it.

    • GalaxyGuy

      “But if you make it ceramic, it will very easily crack under “normal” operation (bear in mind the intended normal operation of a diver), so, why do it?”

      I don’t think you are up on modern ceramics. This is not made of terra cotta, but rather some modern engineering ceramic (most likely partially stabilized zirconia) that can withstand enormous punishment before breaking. Indeed, one can make a hammer out of such material. The suggestion that it will “easily crack” under any circumstances is most likely not true.

      • I’ve read again and again in blogs like this, that the ceramic modern cases are prone to chipping, and if they fall they have a chance of breaking, which will not happen to a metal case. That’s my understanding.

        Of course they’re not made of simple clay, but even a tough ceramic is no match for the casual bumps and hits a Diver watch is prone to?

        • Gary Cai

          If ceramic cases aren’t your thing, then just don’t buy them. Easy as that.

          • Raymond Wilkie

            That wasn’t his point.

          • Gary Cai

            To me, I believe that is exactly his point. Esteban doesn’t trust the durability of ceramic cases for diving purposes. From what he read on the blogs, he feels they chip too easily, despite many articles showing how non-brittle they have become over time. That’s fine, to each their own. Thus, his solution is that he should just look at titanium or steel watches.

          • My trusting it or not is irrelevant. We should have hard data. For instance, you can’t mistrust sapphire: we know for a fact that it will only scratch with a diamond (or other super hard compounds), but it will break from a bad drop in as few as 2m.

          • Certainly, but that’s beyond the point! Are they, or are they not more fragile than metal ones? As I’ve told you, I’ve read again and again that they are.

            And if so, then a diver’s is not the optimum watch to be ceramic.

          • Gary Cai

            By virtue of the material, ceramics are more brittle than metals. However, in terms of watches, unless you are going to smash this Blancpain with a hammer, simple bumps and knocks aren’t going to do anything. On the other hand, if you do knock it, the ceramic material will be a lot more scratch resistant than any metal.

          • Thanks, that clears it a bit!
            It would be nice to have a comparative, or a table or something, showing the breaking points of several cases and in layman’s terms, for instance: 10000 vikersradshadriums equals to a 10m drop onto marble. That way we’ll know for sure that for all uses and purposes, ceramic is as unbreakable as metal.
            (Smashing it with a hammer, could or could not -depending on force- amount to a 2m drop).

          • Gary Cai

            There definitely are data on materials. For example, Moh’s scale of hardness, the yield strength of materials, etc. However, these are for pure, or of substances of known composition. It will be extremely difficult for a manufacturer, say, Blancpain, to release data on their ceramics to know the brittle failure strength. This would not only reveal exact composition data, but also naturally leads to comparisons and, thus, tiers, amongst brands. In addition, the shape, thickness, and temperature significantly affects the tests.

          • Yes of course, and the angle of impact, etc… A general thing will serve. One can only hope!

  • JPonce

    Beautiful dial, but bad date position. And what’s up with the Bulova “moon watch” Ad on the side? Seems like a bad move from Bulova…

  • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

    This would be such a great watch if they just removed the date..

  • Michael Kinney

    What exactly is “plasma” ceramic? Process or trademark?

  • DanW94

    One small niggle with the Bathyscaphe line. The dotted hour markers are a bit small, disproportionate to the size of the dial. I prefer the Fifty Fathoms with the baton style markers.

    • Gary Cai

      I agree. Not to mention the second hand dot is the same size as the dial markers.

  • SuperStrapper

    Looks nice, but not that nice.

  • Valery Starky

    I believe plasma ceramic is the name for the treatment enabling the grey color as on the Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon, from sister company Omega in the Swatch group. As for ceramic , as an owner of an Omega Dark side of the moon, I confirm that it is prone to chipping. Mine fell on the floor from around 1.5m height an small chip shattered, Omega said the whole case has to be replaced for an astronomical amount..

    • Larry Holmack

      I have heard horror stories from owners of that watch and how easily the case can be damaged. Sorry it happened to yours…it’s a really great looking watch!

    • Shinytoys

      It shouldn’t chip like that…that’s just wrong.

  • How did they not find enough space to put the date, on an empty dial??

  • Omegaboy

    A watch review with no dimensions given?

  • Ulysses31

    This thing could’ve been beautiful if not for that f$%£ing date window. In that position it always looks like an after-thought. She was so beautiful, but what man would have her now?

    • spiceballs

      precisely.

  • Hydra

    Indexes should be bigger..or atleast bigger than the secondhand dot…

  • Shinytoys

    Yes indeed…make mine blue…I like it !

  • Boogur T. Wang

    Continuing the legend.

  • Roman

    In a few words: A grail watch with ugly hands.

  • Dan Finch

    Looks friggen awesome! Great movement, and now a high tech case! But my fave is the stil the titanium case with black face. To me it’s more classic looking and durable.
    I’m actually not that into diver watches, and would never own a Rolex Submariner. Everyone seems to own one of those. I have to say that the Bathyscaphe is the best looking diver out there, with the perfect balance of functional and refined. And that beautiful exposed movement makes the back look just as good as the front. I assumed that this was a vintage design, but was surprised to learn that it was designed just a few years ago and looks nothing like the UFO shaped original. Evidently the other more expensive, rounded fifty phathoms is much closer to the original design. I know that one is considered the premier model, but to me the Bathyscaphe just looks better. I just wish I could afford it. Luckily, the new Rado Captain Cook is more in my range, and is also an impressive dive watch.

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