Blancpain. A stainless steel automatic center seconds diver's wristwatchFifty Fathoms, case no. 208702, 1970's
Lot 125
Blancpain. A stainless steel automatic center seconds diver's wristwatchFifty Fathoms, case no. 208702, 1970's
Sold for US$ 6,875 inc. premium
Lot Details
Blancpain. A stainless steel automatic center seconds diver's wristwatch
Fifty Fathoms, case no. 208702, 1970's
25-jewel Cal AS2063 self winding movement, signed on the rotor "Blancpain Rayville S.A.", shock resistant suspension to monometallic balance, black dial with "no radiations" logo, minute ring enclosing luminous dot and baton numerals, white luminous skeleton hands, date aperture, within a screw back case with 60-minute calibrated rotating bezel, screw down crown, down turned lugs, associated leather strap and steel buckle, case, dial and movement signed. 42mm

Footnotes

  • In the aftermath of the Second World War, the French Navy formed a small group of combat divers. The mission of this elite group of frogmen was intelligence gathering and acts of sabotage such as attacks in sea ports or destruction of ships. There was a need for a timing instrument for such task.

    In 1953, Blancpain and the French Navy developed a watch with deep water resistance to 50 fathoms (300 feet), a black dial with high luminescence, a uni-directional rotating bezel and anti-magnetic protection. Other Navies including the US Navy followed and used the Blancpain Fifty Fathom for combat operations. The watch was also used in 1956 for the filming of Jacques Cousteau Movie "Silent World".

    The present lot is a later rare civilian model with anti –radiation symbol on the dial.
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