Blancpain Fifty Fathoms ‘No Radiations Technisub Dial’

A fathom is a unit of length used to measure the depth in water. Fifty fathoms is 91.44 meters deep.
In 1953, the introduction of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, marked the beginning of a new era. 1950 was a decade that stood for discoveries and explorations. Mankind explored the highest summits in the world but also the deepest parts of the ocean. These men needed proper tool watches. The French commando frogmen asked several watch brands to make them a dive watch. None of the brands took interest to actually produce such a watch except for one brand. Blancpain created the first dive watch commissioned by the frogmen. When this watch finally hit the market, not only the frogmen, but also many other divers, underwater scientists and photographers who explored the beauty of the oceans, adopted this watch as one of their necessary tools. Blancpain put itself on the map with this waterproof – which is quite normal nowadays, but was actually quite special then – automatic wrist watch named the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms.
Its design is simple. Function over fashion. The watch, which is powered by caliber AS 1700/1701, measures 42 mm. in diameter and has a rotatable, ribbed bezel with a bakelite insert and clear Arabic quarters and hour markers. When it comes to the dial, there were various versions: the first batches had a humidity indicator above the 6-hour position. The one we have dates back to 1965 and has a black-lacquered ‘No Radiations’ dial. Basically, this is a symbol above the 6-hour position that, obviously, indicates that the lume on the watch is not radioactive. Furthermore, the word ‘Technisub’ is displayed in white below the 12-hour position. Technisub was a distributor of diving equipment and for this company Blancpain made a small batch of watches featuring ‘Technisub’ on the dial.
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