Pre-Owned Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Ref.5015-001130 self-winding automatic watch features a 45mm stainless steel case with a uni-directional rotating bezel surrounding a black dial on a stainless steel bracelet. Functions include a date window displayed between the 4 & 5 o’clock positions, a center seconds hand, and an anti-magnetic case. The watch has a 300m water resistance. Try on and enjoy this Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Ref.5015-001130 and other pre-owned luxury timepieces at our La Maison Yamron Boutique located at the Waterside Shops in Naples, FL ->
The Fifty Fathoms was the brainchild of Jean-Jacques Fiechter, then CEO of Blancpain who was an avid diver, something he shares with the current Blancpain CEO Mark. A Hayek. When he took the reigns of the company in 1950, he set out to create a watch that could accompany him in the abyss below the surface. The name Fifty Fathoms may sound a bit unusual, but it refers to a British measurement of depth. Fifty Fathoms is about 91 meters/close to 300 feet deep, and at the time this was the deepest divers could dive with the technology of the time. Making a watch water resistant, let alone dive with it, was at the time still a challenge. The first Fifty Fathoms had, therefore, a special double O-ring seal in the crown (for which Blancpain was awarded a patent) and also choose an automatic movement so that the crown didn’t have to be unscrewed on a daily basis.
ehan-Jacques Blancpain, the founder of the eponymous watch brand, was for sure an eclectic and busy man having worked as a breeder of horses and cattle, a school teacher, a watchmaker and, later in his life, as the mayor of Villeret, a municipality in the Jura administrative district in the canton of Bern in Switzerland. Born in 1693 from a family of farmers, he officially started his watch business in 1735, transforming the upper floor of his farmhouse in a workshops. Horses and cattle were the guests of the ground floor. Although 1735 is considered Blancpain’s foundation year, it is almost certain that the watchmaking activity started even earlier.
In fact, the reference to the 1735 year is based on a record of that year in an official property registry of the Villeret municipality where Jehan-Jacques Blanc is indicated as “horloger”. It is reasonable to suppose that, before he could identify himself as a watchmaker, he must have been practicing the craft for some period before.Nonetheless, setting the founding year in 1735 is still enough to establish Blancpain as the oldest watch company in the world having operated in continuity – in one form or another – from the official recording of Jehan-Jacques Blancpain as a watchmaker to the present day.
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