In 1953, the Fifty Fathoms watch was officially put into production. Once it was published, it became the only mechanical diving replica watches that meet the requirements of professional divers. The frogmen serving in the major Marine Corps around the world quickly incorporated it into the standard equipment as a basic configuration. Among them, France is the first country to equip its navy with a 50-inch watch to perform underwater missions. Other military elites followed, including the German Navy in the 1960s, who acquired the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms through Barakuda, which specializes in the production and sale of diving equipment. In addition to the military fake watches, the company also introduced a unique style of civilian watches for the German market. The fake watch features a two-color rectangular hour markers, white luminous hands and a 3 o’clock position on the dial. Easy to read date display window. Some of the watches in this collection are paired with a heat-resistant rubber strap, which was popular with many divers at the time due to its high durability and comfort.
The new Fifty-Five series Barakuda watch restores and further embodies the aesthetic qualities of the prototype watch in the late 1960s. The black dial is decorated with red and white large time markers coated with the “Ura” Super-LumiNova luminous coating, as well as white pencil-shaped hands that are also coated with a luminous coating. The key element of the prototype watch – the date is returned to the same position in the new watch in the form of a large window. Blancpain combines the vintage elements of the watch with the iconic one-way rotating bezel and carefully protects it with scratch-resistant curved sapphire glass, an innovative technology introduced by the brand in 2003. The new Fifty-Fifty Arakuda watch is water-resistant to a depth of 300 meters and is equipped with a 40mm diameter satin-finished steel case, which is the special size of the Fifty Fathoms Limited Edition. The watch is equipped with a 1151 self-winding movement, which retains its excellent sporting function and also demonstrates its sophisticated high-end grinding process.