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Blancpain x swatch fifty fathoms collection

Blancpain x Swatch ‘Fifty Fathoms’ Watch Collection Revealed


Blancpain and Swatch have officially released the full Blancpain x Swatch Scuba Fifty Fathoms collection before it’s released in-store starting September 9th, 2023 with a price of AUD$630. The five watches in the non-limited collection will be powered by the in-house Sistem51 mechanical movement and colours will be themed on five oceans with colours matching the nudibranchs (sea slugs) that live in them.

Staying true to the Blancpain Fifty Fathom diving watch on which it’s based, the watches have an increased water resistance beyond that of any Bioceramic watch in the Swatch line-up. In fact, it’s waterproof all the way down to ‘Fifty Fathoms’ or 300ft (91 metres). This pairs with the same great legibility, secured rotating bezel, and anti-magnetic protection that we experienced when we dived with the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms last year.

The most impressive feature of the new watches is the exhibition case back that showcases the inner workings of the mechanical movement but also features an illustration of the sea slugs themselves. Furthermore, the NATO straps are sourced from recycled ocean plastic. Now, let’s take a closer look at the collection.

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Blancpain x Swatch ‘Fifty Fathoms’ Full Collection

  • Release date: September 9th, 2023
  • Where to buy: In-store only at Swatch Boutiques on Queen St in Brisbane, Pitt St in Sydney and Collins St in Melbourne. Purchases will be limited to one watch per person per day.
  • Price: AUD$630

The full Blancpain x Swatch Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms Collection will be released in Australia on Saturday, September 9th, 2023 with prices set at AUD$630. It will be an in-store-only release in flagship Swatch boutiques across Australia, specifically; Queen St in Brisbane, Pitt St in Sydney and Collins St in Melbourne. Purchases will be limited to one watch per person per day.

Stand-out pieces from the collection are the Arctic Ocean and Antarctic Ocean which showcase historic nods to the heritage of the Fifty Fathoms line-up.

In the case of the Arctic Ocean, it features a special ‘NO RADIATIONS’ symbol on the dial: a red trefoil on a yellow background with a white cross-cutting through it. This harks back to the 1960s when the dials on these diver’s watches used the ‘NO RADIATIONS’ logo to show that they did not contain radium. Most recently, Blancpain used them on a special edition ‘Fifty Fathoms’ reference. 5008D-1130-B64A.

Following on from tradition, the Antarctic Ocean model offers a functional water contact indicator that detects the presence of water. This makes sure the watch’s water resistance has not been affected, indicating the presence of moisture with a change of colour. Most recently, Blancpain re-released the Fifty Fathoms (ref. 5008-11B30-NABA) with a two-colour sensor bearing the name “MIL-SPEC”, in accordance with US Navy specifications.

Blancpain x swatch fifty fathoms arctic ocean colour
Blancpain x Swatch Scuba Fifty Fathoms ‘Arctic Ocean’ ref. SO35N100 | Image: Supplied

Arctic Ocean

Case material: Beige Bioceramic case and crown
Case diameter: 42.3 mm
Case thickness: 14.4 mm Lug-to-lug distance: 48.0 mm
Case back: Illustration of the Arctic Ocean and the Dendronotus Frondosus nudibranch in digital print
Movement: SISTEM51 mechanical movement (self-winding) with a 90-hour power reserve
Water resistance: 50 fathoms (91 m / 300 ft / 9 bar)
Glass:
Bio-sourced material treated with an anti-scratch coating
Dial: Warm beige with gradient printing, “NO RADIATION” logo at 6 o’clock
Hands, hour markers, 60 minutes diving scale: Grade A Super-LumiNova
Bezel: One-direction rotating bezel in beige Bioceramic material with anti-scratch coating
Strap: NATO strap made from recycled fishing nets removed from the sea.

Blancpain x swatch fifty fathoms pacific ocean colour
Blancpain x Swatch Scuba Fifty Fathoms ‘Pacific Ocean’ ref. SO35P100 | Image: Supplied

Pacific Ocean

Case material: Yellow-orange Bioceramic case and crown
Case diameter: 42.3 mm
Case thickness: 14.4 mm
Case back: Illustration of the Pacific Ocean and the Chromodoris Kuiteri nudibranch in digital print
Lug-to-lug distance: 48.0 mm
Movement: SISTEM51 mechanical movement (self-winding) with 90-hour power reserve.
Water resistance: 50 fathoms (91 m / 300 ft / 9 bar)
Glass: Biosourced material treated with an anti-scratch coating
Dial: white with gradient black printing, date indicator between 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock
Hands, hour markers, 60 minutes diving scale: Grade A Super-LumiNova
Bezel: One-direction rotating bezel in warm yellow Bioceramic material with anti-scratch coating
Strap: NATO strap, made from recycled fishing nets removed from the sea.

Blancpain x swatch fifty fathoms atlantic ocean colour
Blancpain x Swatch Scuba Fifty Fathoms ‘Atlantic Ocean’ ref. SO35A100 | Image: Supplied

Atlantic Ocean

Case material: blue Bioceramic case and crown
Case diameter: 42.3 mm
Case thickness: 14.4 mm Lug-to-lug distance: 48.0 mm
Case back: Illustration of the Atlantic Ocean and the Glaucus Atlanticus nudibranch in digital print
Movement: SISTEM51 mechanical movement (self-winding) with 90-hour power reserve.
Water resistance: 50 fathoms (91 m / 300 ft / 9 bar)
Glass: Biosourced material treated with an anti-scratch coating
Dial: gradient light blue to ocean blueprinting, date indicator between 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock
Hands, hour markers, 60 minutes diving scale: Grade A Super-LumiNova
Bezel: one-direction rotating bezel in ocean blue Bioceramic material with anti-scratch coating
Strap: NATO strap, made from recycled fishing nets removed from the sea.

Blancpain x swatch fifty fathoms indian ocean colour
Blancpain x Swatch Scuba Fifty Fathoms ‘Indian Ocean’ ref. SO35I100 | Image: Supplied

Indian Ocean

Case material: green Bioceramic case and crown
Case diameter: 42.3 mm
Case thickness: 14.4 mm
Case back: Illustration of the Indian Ocean and the Nembrotha Kubaryana nudibranch in digital print
Lug-to-lug distance: 48.0 mm
Movement: SISTEM51 mechanical movement (self-winding) with 90-hour power reserve
Water resistance: 50 fathoms (91 m / 300 ft / 9 bar)
Glass: Biosourced material treated with an anti-scratch coating
Dial: Deep green with gradient black printing, date indicator between 4 o’clock and 5 o’clock
Hands, hour markers, 60 minutes diving scale: Grade A Super-LumiNova
Bezel: One-direction rotating bezel in green Bioceramic material with anti-scratch coating
Strap: NATO strap, made from recycled fishing nets removed from the sea

Blancpain x swatch fifty fathoms antarctic ocean colour
Blancpain x Swatch Scuba Fifty Fathoms ‘Antarctic Ocean’ ref. SO35S100 | Image: Supplied

Antarctic Ocean

Case material: ice white Bioceramic case and crown
Case diameter: 42.3 mm
Case thickness: 14.4 mm Lug-to-lug distance: 48.0 mm
Case back: Illustration of the Antarctic Ocean and the Tritoniella Belli nudibranch in digital print
Movement: SISTEM51 mechanical movement (self-winding) with a 90-hour power reserve
Water resistance: 50 fathoms (91 m / 300 ft /9 bar)
Glass: Biosourced material treated with an anti-scratch coating
Dial: Cool gray with gradient printing and bi-colour water contact indicator at 6 o’clock
Hands, hour markers, 60 minutes diving scale: Grade A Super-LumiNova
Bezel: One-direction rotating bezel in ice white Bioceramic material with anti-scratch coating
Strap: NATO strap, made from recycled fishing nets removed from the sea

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