Blancpain X Fathoms Dive Watch - Technically Impressive

Oct 26, 2011
The house of Blancpain presents its new X Fathoms Dive watch. It has been released on the occasion of a spectacular event to be held in the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in the Dubai Mall - the largest aquarium in the world.

A worthy successor of the brand’s iconic 1953 model, the novelty boasts a mechanical depth gauge, which makes it the most technically advanced diving watch ever created. It is set in a satin-brushed titanium case. The new Blancpain watch features the dimensions of 55.65mm x 24.00 mm: diameter and thickness indicated respectively.

The model is topped by a unidirectional rotating bezel - the brand’s signature element for almost 60 years. Integrated within the case is a helium decompression valve, which allows gas trapped inside the watch during deep dives to safely escape during the ascent. The timekeeping companion is 300-meter water-resistant.

The new Blancpain X Fathoms Dive watch is powered by an in-house self-winding mechanical caliber 9918B movement. It is based on the caliber 1315, utilized in several Fifty Fathoms models.

Composed of 385 individual parts, including 44 jewels, the caliber measures 36mm in diameter and is 13mm thick. It incorporates three barrels, which ensure a respectable 120-hour power reserve. Moreover, the movement is endowed with a silicon balance-spring to withstand magnetic disturbances.

Alongside with hours, minutes and seconds, the movement animates the retrograde gauge for decompression - up to five minutes. The function is featured on a segment between 10 and 11 o’clock and activated by a lever at 10 o’clock.

Characterized by extreme legibility attainable due to three-color luminous inlays, the matt black dial also offers central depth indication hands. In charge of the max depth is the inner hand with a red tip, while the current depth is indicated by the yellow-tipped inner hand (0-90m scale). The display is equipped with one more current depth hand for a 0-15m scale.

Adding the final touch of harmony to the new Blancpain watch is an impressive rubber strap. Its structure, composed of 14 articulated parts, assures a perfect fit on the wearer’s wrist and enables the water to seep in under the model, so that it always contacts with the membrane.

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