Launched by Blancpain in 1953, the Fifty Fathoms is the first true diver’s watch. Created by a diver to meet the needs of underwater exploration, it was chosen by diving pioneers and combat diver corps around the world as a professional timekeeping instrument.
In 2023, the Swiss watch manufacture celebrates the 70th anniversary of its iconic watch collection with the release of three special editions of the Fifty Fathom. Dubbed Act I, II and III - all three timepieces are now showcased in a pop-up exhibition at Marina Bay Sands, situated in the vicinity of the Blancpain boutique at B2M.
Open from 18 October till 31 October, Blancpain kicked off the showcase hosting VIP guests to an exclusive preview last evening. Alongside the 70th anniversary pieces launched this year, heritage pieces from Blancpain's archives have also been brought on show, as well as contemporary pieces now on retail.
With its water resistance, robust doubled-sealed crown, self- winding movement, contrasting dark dial with luminescent indications, lockable rotating bezel and anti- magnetic protection, the Fifty Fathoms has become an indispensable instrument for divers on their underwater missions.
These key signature elements that established the Fifty Fathoms as the archetypal diver’s watch continue to define the identity of such timepieces for the entire watch industry. Bearing witness to the past while simultaneously looking firmly to the future, contemporary Fifty Fathoms models incorporate modern movements renowned for their robustness and reliability. They feature numerous technical innovations derived from Blancpain’s longstanding experience in the field of diving, its risks and its imperious necessities.
The Fifty Fathoms has played an essential role in the development of scuba diving and the discovery of the ocean world. It has enabled Blancpain to forge close links with the ocean community that have been consistently strengthened over the past 70 years. The Fifty Fathoms is the catalyst for Blancpain’s commitment to ocean preservation.