1953-2013 : Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 60th anniversary - The story of a legend

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1953-2013 : Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 60th anniversary - The story of a legend

When Jean-Jacques Fiechter, himself a diving fan, took the helm of Blancpain in 1950, he began working on a reliable and robust instrument capable of accompanying him in his leisure sports activities. Diver’s watches, still inexistent at the time, were to prove crucial in that measuring dive times and the ability to time various operations are of paramount importance. In 1953, the first modern diver’s watch was introduced and christened Fifty Fathoms after the British measurement corresponding to around 91 metres and then considered to be the maximum depth divers could reach given the compressed air technology used at the time. 
Today, the 2013 Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe model appears in the wake of a fabulous lineage extending over more than half a century and still meeting the requirements of modern divers.

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