blancpain fifty fathoms batyscaphe day date 70 closeup



This limited edition has all the charms of a diver’s watch, but also attracts the eye with its retro style, resulting in a wonderful journey back in time.

It’s impossible not to associate the 1970s with a breath of freedom and aesthetic dynamism. This richly creative period combined a light touch with sophistication. The colours were pop-inspired and the patterns were tie-dye. The soundtrack was “Love’s Theme“ by Barry White and “Miss You“ by the Stones. The same spirit of a break with the past is visible on the dials of watches like the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Day Date 70s designed by Blancpain. Rectangular hour markers alternate with nicely rounded Arabic figures. The hour, minute and seconds hands also play around with geometric shapes. The day and date are displayed in their own counters at 3 o’clock. Lastly, the dial colour is a stand-out feature in the design. With its sunburst grey colour scale – lighter in the centre and darker towards the outside – it illuminates the time elements. All the features are contained in a 43-mm-wide steel case that is water-resistant down to 300m.

blancpain fifty fathoms batyscaphe day date 70 closeupWhile the style is vintage, the mechanism driving this diver’s watch is very contemporary. The automatic calibre provides a very generous autonomy of around five days.

For this limited edition of 500 pieces, Blancpain has supplied four different straps. Whether you opt for antiqued leather, steel, sail canvas or NATO, you can explore the sea’s depths or the streets of your town with style.

Price: 11,880 EUR

By Dan Diaconu