Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Automatique Titanium 45mm 5015 12B40 O52B - 2020
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronograph Ocean Commitment 5200-0240-O52A
Don't be fooled into thinking that the Bathyscaphe is some sort of dive watch pretender. The Fifty Fathoms is the original dive watch, with a history dating back to 1953 where it created the first dive watch for the Frogmen of the French Navy. Fast forward to 2014, and we have one of the most highly finished, robust and stunning dive watches on the market, the Bathyscaphe Chronograph Flyback Ocean Commitment. While some folks like to compare Bathyscaphes to Subs, they're a different watch in our opinion. This is a luxury diver, with proper dive watch credentials should you wish to use them, but occupies a space that sits in a different niche with its high finishing levels and beautiful movement.
Utilising the same 43.6mm case as the regular Bathy, it is crafted in ceramic. While this material can often look a touch dull, not here. It retains the regular finishing levels that Blancpain is known for, with satin brushed flanks and lugs, with polished bevels in a superb grey finish. The dial within is a spectacular sunburst blue, with applied markers and a discreet date at 4. The 120-click ceramic bezel has a blue ceramic inlay, and the watch strikes a wonderful balance between out and out tool watch, and something that could very much so be worn with a suit...or a dive suit, if testing the 300 metres of water resistance is your thing. It's the perfect luxury diver.
Powering it is the spectacular calibre F385 chronograph movement, with column wheel and vertical clutch, hacking seconds, hacking seconds and a very high level of hand finish, while beating at 36,600 VPH. It’s mounted to Blancpain's awesome black sail cloth strap with one of the finest brushed ceramic buckles on the market, and is near-new. It also comes with the original Blancpain Sail Cloth strap in blue which retains plenty of life.
This particular one-owner watch was purchased locally in 2017 and presents in TZ Near Mint condition. The case shows no real discernible signs of wear, nor does the buckle. Strap shows very light wear. Please see images for full condition details.
No service history. Keeping COSC time and all functions operating as they should.
Comes with outer box, inner box (shows degradation), inner travel case (shows degradation), booklets, diver log, calendar, Blancpain cleaning cloth, cleaning cloth, donation certificate and associated documents, Blancpain blue sailcloth and Watch Vault cleaning cloth.
RRP on this limited run of 250 pieces was $29,300 AUD. Pick up this brilliant example of one of the finest dive chronos on the market for far less.
Year: 2017 purchased
Model #: 5200-0240-O52A
Case Material: Ceramic
Case details: 43.6mm
Bracelet: Blancpain Sail Cloth in black, Blancpain Sail cloth in blue
Movement: Blancpain/Frederic Piguet F385 Automatic Chronograph
Hands: Silver with luminous inserts
Paraphernalia: Outer box, inner box (shows degradation), inner travel case (shows degradation), booklets, diver log, calendar, Blancpain cleaning cloth, cleaning cloth, donation certificate and associated documents, Blancpain blue sailcloth and Watch Vault cleaning cloth.
TZ Grading: Near Mint
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