Skip to main content

Love Blancpain watches? The new Fifty Fathoms 70th anniversary Act 3 is a two-tone masterpiece

What a followup to the Blancpain x Swatch collab

Blanpain Fifty Fathoms Act 3
Blancpain / Blancpain

Blancpain, a name synonymous with luxury watches, has once again captivated watch enthusiasts with its latest watch – the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 70th Anniversary Act 3. If you’re passionate about high-end watches, especially Blancpain, this timepiece is a must-have — and is a fantastic followup to the company’s collaboration with Swatch. The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is undeniably an icon in the world of dive watches. Its fascinating journey began in 1953 when Jacques Fiechter, the CEO of Blancpain and a fan of scuba diving, envisioned a purpose-built dive watch. The Fifty Fathoms soon found itself in the hands of French military divers Bob Maloubier and Claude Riffaud during their underwater missions in 1954.

This Blancpain watch served as the model for contemporary diving watches because of its durability, outstanding readability, and remarkable depth (up to 91 meters) of water resistance. Its automatic movement was a game-changer, reducing the need for frequent winding and making it ideal for divers. Over the years, it gained immense popularity among military, professional, and recreational divers, earning its place as a professional timekeeping instrument.

Act 3: A tribute to heritage

In the late 1950s, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms underwent an evolution to enhance safety for divers. A distinctive feature was added – a circular water-tightness indicator with a colored disc on the dial. This indicator allowed divers to verify their watch’s water resistance, ensuring their safety during dives. The model with this feature became known as the “MIL-SPEC,” serving American combat swimmers.

Blancpain has a history of paying homage to its heritage, and the Fifty Fathoms 70th Anniversary Act 3 is a testament to this tradition. While the brand revisited the military-inspired look and moisture indicator in 2017, this Blancpain watch is a step further in celebrating its roots. With its stunning two-tone black-bronze color combination, the Act 3 quickly catches the eye. This watch is a perfect recreation of the original Fifty Fathoms, replicating the old design in a contemporary masterpiece.

The 1154.P2 movement is housed in a 9K Bronze Gold case that is water resistant to 30 bar and 41.30 mm in diameter, replicating the proportions of the iconic MIL-SPEC model. This clock has dual barrels that provide an amazing 100-hour power reserve, while a silicon balance spring protects the movement from magnetic interference.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Act 3
Blancpain / Blancpain

Luxury exclusivity

The Act 3’s design elements are a nod to vintage aesthetics. The matte black dial and the rotating bezel with a black ceramic insert feature vintage Super-LumiNova, matching the case’s color while ensuring optimal legibility. The Blancpain logo adopts a vintage font, and for the first time, it’s accompanied by the words “Fifty Fathoms.” Durability and functionality are not sacrificed in this contemporary structure. A ceramic inlay is part of the unidirectional rotating bezel, and the box-shaped glass is made from scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The watch has a 300-meter water-resistant certification.

The case material is one of the most appealing characteristics of this watch. While previous models were constructed of steel and German silver, which has a low magnetic signature, the Act 3 takes a risk by being composed of bronze-gold. This rare contemporary alloy with 37.5% gold, 50% copper, silver, palladium, and gallium provides a touch of exclusivity. It is not only corrosion-resistant, but it may also be worn against the skin.

The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms 70th Anniversary Act 3 is not just any watch; it’s a collector’s dream. This timepiece is released in a limited edition of only 555 pieces, giving it that air of exclusivity.

Learn More

Editors' Recommendations

Topics
Sarah Veldman
Freelance Writer
Sarah has been a freelance writer for over 7 years now, having started while she was living out of a suitcase and traveling…
How to remove scuff marks from shoes (6 different methods that really work)
These tips for how to remove scuff marks will make you your shoes' best friend
Man removing shoe scuff marks

We've all been there, so at some point knowing how to remove scuff marks from your favorite shoes will be a lifesaver. A familiar scenario: you get a brand-new pair of shoes and walk around as carefully as possible so they don't get scuffed up. But it happens no matter how hard you try to avoid it. Of course, you don't just toss out those scuffed shoes. Instead, you work to get those marks out. And we have the handy list of methods that will get those ugly marks off of your favorite pair of shoes.

Read more
Mondaine brings back its stop2go watch, which is inspired by Swiss railway clocks
The Mondaine stop2go watch returns
Mondaine stop2go watch face

If watches for men were superheroes, the Mondaine stop2go would undoubtedly wear the cape. This timepiece, inspired by the precision of Swiss railway clocks, has made a triumphant return, complete with its signature 2-second pause that's as intriguing as a plot twist in a classic movie. At the heart of this horological marvel beats a quartz movement, orchestrating a Swiss ballet of timekeeping precision. The stop2go mechanism, akin to a dramatic pause in a gripping conversation, adds a distinctive touch that sets this watch apart from the mundane tick-tock.

Should you find yourself at a Swiss railway station, the platforms unfold a spectacle of expansive timepieces. These clocks boast faces as pristine as freshly fallen snow, adorned with assertive black indicators and a vibrant seconds hand. Crafted in 1944 by the visionary Hans Hilfiker expressly for the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), these iconic timekeepers transcend mere functionality. Fast forward to 1986, and Mondaine ingeniously translated this unassuming yet impactful clock design into a wristwatch.

Read more
Cyber Week: This Laundry Sauce deal will enrich your fabrics and apparel [Sponsored]
Laundry Sauce The Signature Package Cyber Week deal

Doing laundry is boring, but it doesn't have to be. You can spruce it up with a little fun and pleasure, particularly the scents and aromas. Of course, nothing is better than a great deal, so if you can have that more pleasant experience at an excellent price point, everyone wins. Now's your chance, thanks to Laundry Sauce's fantastic Black Friday and Cyber Week deals. You can enjoy 25% off sitewide during the promotion, which is available from November 13 until December 3. That's plenty of time to stock up on Laundry Sauce detergent and booster kits. The premiere call-out is its Signature Package, including laundry detergent pods, luxury scented dryer sheets, an advanced in-wash scent booster, and performance fabric softener. With the discount, you'll get The Signature Package for about $97, down from $129 if you make a one-time purchase. You can save even more with the Subscribe and Save option, which we'll talk about more below.
Save Now
 
Why you should buy the Laundry Sauce's The Signature Package
With scents extracted from the land down under, the Australian Sandalwood kit offers an exotic blend of woodsy, musky, yet captivating experiences. You'll smell hints of Virginia and Alaskan Cedarwood, deep amber, suede, and soft musk, which combine brilliantly to give you a refreshing, confident clean, whether you're washing clothes, sheets, or other fabrics. It's like bringing the great outdoors inside.

What you'll really love is the Cyber Week price, which drops 25% off, and that's good sitewide on anything you want to shop. The one-time purchase of The Signature Package would normally cost $129, but with this deal, it's much lower, around $97. You can save even more through the Subscribe and Save option, normally $115, but now about $86 per month. You can also choose to have that delivered monthly or at up to six-month intervals.

Read more