Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Rotomatic

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Rotomatic
Circa 1953/1954
Automatic winding

Stuning and very rare Blancpain Fifty Fathoms
from the first generation
(see history end of page)

Black dial (genuine) signed
Arabic numbers (6/9/12)
Luminescent hands and applied indexes

Bi-directional rotating bezel in black bakelite

Diameter: 34 mm.
Thickness: 13 mm.

New black strap (waterproof) looking like the original ones
Signed Blancpain steel buckle
(+/- 23 cm. watch incl.)

Stainless screwed steel back signed

AS 1561 N caliber
17 jewels - 18000 A/h - Power reserve: 38 Hours
Signed Blancpain Fifty Fathoms
& signature Rayville SA as it was on the first models

The watch is in excellent condition (!)

Very light professional polish to erase the light scratches

Fully serviced in August 2022 by a professional watchmaker, it is in perfect working order and offered with a one year guarantee.

Original box and papers are missing.
The watch will be offered with a nice gift box


History:
The first Blancpain Fifty Fathoms model was created in 1953. Presented in BaselWorld in 1954, one year before the Rolex Submariner.
Fifty Fathoms represent 50 x 1,83 m or more or less 91 meters. It was the limit of scuba diving in this time.

Created by Blancpain on request of the Capitaine Robert Bob Maloubier and Lieutenant Claude Riffaud (Military divers de l’unité des nageurs de combat).The fifty fathoms equipped the French Military divers and the team of Commandant Cousteau in the movie« Le Monde du Silence », primed in Cannes in 1956. The first version has a 34mm. dial.

This is a rare watch and hard to find in such a good condition !

Year: 1953/1954

Price: 14.500 €