Lip-Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Rotomatic

Lip-Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Rotomatic
Circa 1955
Automatic winding

Stunning Lip-Blancpain Fifty Fathoms (1st Generation)
Black dial with double signature Lip / Blancpain
Arabic numbers (6/9/12)
Luminescent hands and applied indexes

Bi-directional rotating bezel in black bakelite
(in perfect condition. I didn’t pay attention that it was not on 12 when I took the pictures but it rotates as it should)

Diameter: 35 mm. (38 mm. winder incl.)
Thickness: 12,5 mm.

Bordeaux vintage leather strap (replacement)
(+/- 23 cm. watch incl.)
Steel buckle

Stainless screwed steel back signed Lip Blancpain
and numbered (274009)

AS 1361N caliber
17 jewels - 18000 A/h - Power reserve: 38 Hours
Signed

The watch is in excellent and genuine condition (9/10)
Very light professional polish of the case to erase light scratches

Fully serviced in September 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 generic case


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.

This first version has quickly been replaced (1956) by
a lightly larger dial (37 mm) with date.
Our watch is from the first generation, circa 1955

The total production is estimated to around 200.000 pieces, all versions incl., between 1953 and 1978.
This is a rare watch and hard to find in such a good condition !

These watches with a double signature are highly sought models for collectors


You can read to go further the article by Watch Observer:
https://thewatchobserver.ouest-france.fr/essais-montres/lip-fifty-fathoms-5052/

Year: Circa 1955

Price: 15.600 €