The new Blancpain 500 Fathoms watch for Only Watch 2009 immediately makes one feel its adventurous nautical spirit, as well as its close links with the ocean. The sapphire crystal case back allows to admire the highly original oscillating weight in the shape of a boat propeller.
The watch is created in the best traditions of the brand, having maintained many of the elements of the original Fifty Fathoms introduced in 1953. The watch with a nice retro look is developed from innovative materials - the 48mm case crafted in titanium, the dial with a carbon fiber center and an insert in blued smoked sapphire glass.
The dial is shielded by a gently cambered glass that provides a space between the dial and the glass. This space was essential in the diving watches that appeared in the 1950s, as only a very thick glass allowed the watch to withstand the pressure at decompression.
The 500 Fathomsí cambered sapphire crystal is produced in a very special way. The sapphire has a heel fitting perfectly into the bezel, with a special diamond used for cutting it. The sapphire glass is 3.5 mm thick at its center.
The Blancpain 500 Fathoms incorporates a ratcheted bezel for easy handling. Its unidirectional rotation system keeps the diver away from any accidental extension of diving time. The bezel is sculptured from titanium and scratch-resistant sapphire and features a slightly cambered profile protecting it from impacts. The bezel demonstrates the luminescent index providing great visibility.
Watches.InfoNIAC.com thinks it is remarkable that the case-back of the diving timepiece
is also in sapphire crystal, that is 3.2 mm thick, a quite unusual feature considering the watch boasts 1,000-meter water-resistance.
The dial Blancpain 500 Fathoms watch for Only Watch 2009 is worth special attention. It is of a nice anthracite color and stands out due to its original design. The carbon fiber center is fitted on the circular brushed outer ring of the dial, with the calendar disc found below a blued sapphire crystal insert. It has a date aperture at 6 oíclock with white numerals on a black disc.
The hour and minute hands are sword-shaped and luminous at the center. The extra long luminous seconds hand is distinguished by a red tip. The dial is completed by luminous square-shaped hour indicators and a luminous triangle at 12 oíclock.
The new Blancpain watch is equipped with the brandís in-house automatic caliber 1315 movement. It provides 120 hours of power reserve.
The creators of the timepiece used rubber-lined black sail canvas for the bracelet to make it salt-water-resistible. The bracelet is fitted with a triple-blade folding clasp in brushed steel and the outer titanium clip.
The new Blancpain 500 Fathoms watch for Only Watch 2009 is housed in an ultra-rugged water-resistant presentation box meant to withstand even extreme conditions.
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