Great designs don’t age and this Blancpain Fifty Fathoms “Nageurs de Combat” is living evidence of this reality. You would imagine that a watch that has been returned to so often since its first make a plunge 1953 would have lost its enchantment at this point. A long way from it. On account of this Blancpain Fifty Fathoms “Nageurs de Combat” the wizardry is perfectly healthy on the grounds that we are taking a gander at a watch that goes directly back to the foundations of the jump watch icon. Dedicated readers of MONOCHROME may recall when, move in 2014, the historical backdrop of the Fifty Fathoms was distributed finally . Yet, no preferable occasion over this to invigorate it.
TWO VISIONS, SAME NEEDS
Jean-Jacques Fiechter, Blancpain’s CEO at that point and a plunging aficionado, perceived the requirement for a watch to help jumpers, much more so after he almost suffocated on account of misjudging the leftover oxygen in his tank. Simultaneously Robert Maloubier, commanding official of the French Nageurs de Combat (or Combat Divers) of the French Navy, additionally needed a jump watch for his frogmen. After fruitless endeavors with a few companies, he got wind that Blancpain was accomplishing something comparative and moved toward the company with his idea.
Together they defined what highlights ought to show up on what will become the ideal watch for Maloubier’s underwater combat unit: the watch needed to gleam in obscurity (counting the seconds hand) and must be water-safe up to at any rate 50 fathoms (91 meters). The depth rating they set up would likewise become the name of a watch that would clear the ground for any remaining jump watches worked from that second on.
The Fifty Fathoms was controlled with a programmed development and included the exceedingly significant pivoting bezel to time immersions. The Navy was glad as was Blancpain, and throughout the long term they saw the watch become a legend. This Blancpain Fifty Fathoms “Nageurs de Combat” is a method of saying thanks to those underwater commandos.
A FITTING HOMAGE
The steel instance of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Nageurs de Combat Limited Edition is the bigger version of this watch, at 45mm in width and 15.70mm in tallness. It comes with a brushed completion all through. It is enormous, however very little more than the first, which hit the 42mm breadth mark. Because of the bended sapphire bezel and the predominant presence of dark, I need to concede that, on the wrist, it doesn’t look however large as what seems to be asserted on paper. Today the watch is fit for comprehending more prominent depths and can arrive at 164 fathoms, or 300 metres.
The bezel of this modern Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is a node to the first, with a sapphire precious stone that ensures it against mileage – principle distinction is that, on the first model, this bezel was bakelite. It consolidates the wonderful retro look that we have likewise seen on another vintage-motivated Fifty Fathoms this year; the incredible looking Barakuda (which you can see with live pictures here ) and furthermore on one of my personal top picks; the 2017 Mil-Spec ( here on live pics).
On the dial of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms “Nageurs de Combat”, there is an unobtrusive detail that uncovers its root; a major 7 under the name of the watch that must be seen when the light hits it at the correct point. It alludes to the most extreme depth (7 meters) jumpers can withstand breathing unadulterated oxygen. Oxygen may be an imperative component of life, however it is additionally a ground-breaking oxidant that becomes very poisonous after the 7-meter mark. That is the reason why jumpers utilize a combination of various gasses.
The indexes and hands, exceptional to this Fifty Fathoms “Nageurs de Combat” (and incredibly taking an interest to the military design of this watch), are treated with Super-LumiNova, just like the markings on the bezel. This guarantees perfect neatness underwater or when we awaken in the night – indeed, this watch will no doubt be utilized as a desk-jumper in excess of a genuine plunging instrument.
Powering the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms “Nageurs de Combat” is type 1315, a long ways from the first. It is, truth be told, a best in class development wavering at 4Hz and outfitted with no less than 3 barrels coupled in arrangement, to keep the watch ticking during 120 hours (5 days). The hairspring inside is made of non-attractive, stun safe silicon and it likewise includes a free-sprung balance wheel.
The type, nonetheless, can’t be viewed as it is covered by a plain steel case back with a stepped alleviation that depicts the authority French Combat Diver Qualification Badge with two winged seahorses over an anchor, along with the extraordinary edition number, x/300.
ON THE WRIST
I said before that the watch feels more modest; nearer to 42mm than 45mm. I can’t review a jumper from Blancpain that doesn’t fit well on a wrist (with the exception of the behemoth X Fathoms that you can see here ), and the present “Nageurs de Combat” is no exception. It additionally has a significant calm presence, which expands the wearability of the watch – with the exception of the Blancpain etching on the case-band.
Price and availability
If you are keen on this Blancpain Fifty Fathoms “Nageurs de Combat” (reference 5015E-1130-B52A), I recommend you approach your store quick since it won’t be around for long – the watch is limited to 300 pieces. Its cost is EUR 14,710.
More information at Blancpain.com .