About this watch

Blancpain are one of the most famous Swiss watch manufacturers of the 20th Century, famous for being the father of the modern diving watch when they introduced the Fifty Fathoms in 1953, developed at the request of two French military divers Captain Robert “Bob” Maloubier and Lieutenant Claude aspirant Riffaud.

The watch became one of the seminal changes in watch making during the 20th Century, sparking what is now an everyday feature on most people wrist, the water proof divers watch. The original fift fathoms came in a range of sizes from 34mm to 40+mm cases, all known for their distinctive black dials with highly visible numeral and black Bakelite bezels.

Blancpain released a range of divers models after the original fifty fathoms, also manufacturing Fifty Fathoms watches for Waltham, Tornek, LIP and others. As time evolved so did their watches, throughout the 1960’s the designs remained very much the same but then in the 1970’s they evolved, introducing a range of fifty fathoms with much more colourful dials and this beauty, the Barraccuda……

A remarkable watch with 42 mm case it wears amazingly well, unlike the traditional external rotating bezel this model has the bezel internally, which is operated by a crown on the side of the case. The watch is in superb condition, having just been fully overhauled by Simon Freese watch makers, the automatic ETA based Blancpain movement is running perfectly and benefits from a full 18 month guarantee.

The watch truly is a stunner, the smoked two tone radiating dial is beautiful, with matching roulette style internal bezel in that super funky 1970’s case, it really is a watch to adore, wear and enjoy…. These are one of the rarest iterations of the most famous divers watch ever made.

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