Taking apart a Blancpain Fifty Fathoms from the early 1950’s and a brand new one

By rolex
June 10, 2021
4 min read

The other day we distributed an extensive meeting with Peter Speake-Marin , so you could become more acquainted with a touch more about Peter, and today we’re going to have a more intensive gander at what precisely he’s doing nowadays. Other than being a nice, rational and consistently lovely individual, an upbeat and pleased father, and an incredibly skilled watchmaker, Peter deconstructs watches. What’s more, he shares this online so everybody can see it, and appreciate the watches that are being deconstructed. 

Recently Peter deconstructed a Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, or really, two! He dismantled an old Fifty Fathoms from the mid 1950’s and a fresh out of the plastic new one, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms ref.5015-1130-52. The old one is fairly extraordinary as it is one of the early instances of the Fifty Fathoms, nowadays completely reestablished and part of the Blancpain historical center assortment. The Fifty Fathoms was one of the absolute first plunge watches to come to showcase, back in 1953. It was produced for the French naval force (military specs) to empower jumpers to imagine the excess ‘oxygen time’ during their plunges (by methods for the pivoting bezel.) An intriguing certainty is that Blancpain’s CEO at the time, Jean-Jacques Fiechter,  was an energetic beginner jumper himself and he was promptly set up to build up the watch as mentioned by the French navy.

Mind you, in an era of little dress watches, an enormous 42mm watch with a major dark pivoting bezel and long, gigantic, drags, was an unheard thing of. The Rolex Submariner ref. 6202 that was likewise presented in 1953 looks little and practically rich compared to the ‘humongous’ Fifty Fathoms. The watch was waterproof up to a profundity of 50 fathoms, and keeping in mind that we don’t utilize fathoms any longer, this equivalents 91.45 meters. At the time that was considered as the most extreme profundity that jumpers could securely reach with their oxygen combination. On the off chance that you need to peruse more about the historical backdrop of the Fifty Fathoms than please look here , however now, let’s view the old Fifty Fathoms that Peter took apart.

To find out about what Peter does, or how he gets things done over at The Naked Watchmaker, I’m showing you some screen captures of the site. Above is the development of the vintage Fifty Fathoms and each photograph shows the development as the parts are taken out. It very well may be more for hardcore watch devotees, yet additionally for reference when you’re searching for a particular watch it will assist with seeing all pieces of both the development and case/bezel in such heavenly detail.

Over the years, the plan of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms changed a few times, so there are a few case shapes and dial plans until the mid-1970s. After a respite, because of the quartz emergency, Blancpain presented a new version of the Fifty Fathoms in 1999 (which included a metallic bezel with numerals in reliefs.) In 2007, Blancpain upgraded it and the outcome is the Fifty Fathoms that is as yet in the current assortment (and that’s a lot nearer to the vintage Fifty Fathoms regarding plan). The new Fifty Fathoms estimates 45mm in measurement, has a profundity rating of 300 meters (multiple times more than the old), and comes with an extra date work. Hence, there’s another development and a new case development. Peter dismantled this new Fifty Fathoms also, coming about again in a reasonable depiction (in words and photos) of the watch, the case, bezel, dial, development and obviously its functions.

Inside ticks type 1315, covered up under a delicate iron cap and a steel case back.

And after this, Peter begins dismantling the watch, again sharing individual photographs of essentially all the individual parts. It’s extraordinary to perceive how very much completed the parts are, notwithstanding being covered up for more often than not, and generally simply obvious to the watchmaker who’s going to support the movement.

In the packed universe of (on the web) watch distributions, it would seem that Peter found a specialty that will absolutely get a consistent after. Regardless of whether as a week after week read or as a source of perspective guide for at whatever point you need it. I want Peter to enjoy all that life has to offer deconstructing a lot more watches and making extraordinary stuff for watch lovers to gain from and to appreciate. Snap here to visit the Naked Watchmaker.