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HODINKEE and Blancpain Launched a Special Edition of a Classic Dive Watch

Watch authority HODINKEE and famed dive watch manufacturer Blancpain teamed up for a limited edition Fifty Fathoms.

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While the Rolex Submariner may be the world’s most well recognized dive watch, it was Blancpain, with the introduction of the now-iconic Fifty Fathoms in 1953, that was the first to bring to market a truly modern diver. The Fifty Fathoms was a no-nonsense timepiece designed for use by commandos of the French navy, and in its civilian iterations, became one of the most iconic dive watches of the 20th century.

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Now, HODINKEE has partnered with Blancpain to introduce a special edition of the Fifty Fathoms modeled on the famed Bathyscaphe iteration. The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Limited Edition for HODINKEE features distinctive vintage-inspired aesthetics matched with modern tech, including sapphire crystal, applied numerals and markers, an antimagnetic case, a unidirectional rotating bezel, and the Blancpain automatic cal. 1153 movement, crafted entirely in-house by the manufacture.

The cal. 1153 features an impressive four-day power reserve and a custom solid gold rotor finished in grey and engraved with “HODINKEE,” and is visible through a display case back. The watch’s stainless steel case is 38mm and is capped by a satin-brushed stainless steel bezel with ceramic insert and Liquidmetal® hour-markers. Vintage fans will likely appreciate that there is no date window to obscure the matte dial adorned with vintage-colored lume. Water resistance is an impressive 300m — more than enough for any diver.

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The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Limited Edition for HODINKEE is a limited edition of 100 pieces, available only through the HODINKEE Shop and select Blancpain boutiques. Each watch is individually numbered out of 100 and ships with three straps: a Blancpain sail-canvas model in black and two HODINKEE NATOs in black and grey. The LE will retail for $9,900 and will ship with worldwide expedited delivery and an extra year of warranty coverage.

This is a handsome take on a vintage favorite that’s sure to sell out fast — the launch is scheduled for 10AM this morning, July 17th.

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