Blancpain X Swatch honors the first true diver’s watch: the Fifty Fathoms. Created 70 years ago by a passionate scuba diver, it revolutionized watchmaking by becoming the first timepiece that successfully met all the needs of underwater exploration.
The five mechanical watches in the Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms Collection faithfully reproduce all the hallmarks of this Swiss watchmaking icon while referencing our own diving watch line, the SCUBA. Drawing inspiration from the deep seas, each model celebrates one of the five oceans and the magnificent, colorful animals known as nudibranchs, that dwell in their depths.
This NON-LIMITED collection is available for purchase at selected Swatch stores (1 watch per person per store and day) starting September 9, 2023.
Celebrating the icy waters of the smallest ocean on Earth, the ARCTIC OCEAN model features a special symbol on its contrasting soft beige-colored dial: a red trefoil on a yellow background with a white cross cutting through it. The words “NO RADIATIONS” placed boldly below the logo are a nod to the legendary Fifty Fathoms heritage and rich history of diver’s watches in the sixties.
A coveted detail among watch collectors today, this symbol was used by Blancpain when it launched the world’s first ever diver’s watch without radium. The fiery red Dendronotus Frondosus which lends its colors to the NATO strap created from recycled fishing nets, Bioceramic case and gradient dial, features in a beautiful illustration on the back of the timepiece which is equipped with a SISTEM51 movement.
The PACIFIC OCEAN model is inspired by the vibrant colors of the Chromodoris Kuiteri found in the largest and deepest of the five oceans.
Featuring a bright yellow-orange Bioceramic case, NATO strap created from recycled fishing nets and black and white gradient dial, this timepiece is equipped with a date indicator between 4 and 5 o'clock and SISTEM51 movement.
The deep and intense blue shades of the ATLANTIC OCEAN model pay tribute to the stormy seas and raging waves of the Atlantic. Glaucus Atlanticus was the inspiration for the colors of its Bioceramic case, gradient dial with a date indicator between 4 and 5 o'clock and NATO strap created from recycled fishing nets.
This magnificent animal, also known as the blue dragon, can be found drifting on the surface of the Atlantic and on the back of this timepiece equipped with a SISTEM51 movement.
With its energetic green-colored Bioceramic case, dial and NATO strap created from recycled fishing nets, the INDIAN OCEAN model evokes images of lush, dazzling water.
The contrasting colors give rise to images of coral reefs abundant with marine life, including the Nembrotha Kubaryana which can be found on the back. A date indicator between 4 and 5 o'clock adorns the gradient green dial of this timepiece which features a SISTEM51 movement.
Celebrating one of the most extreme environments on our planet, the ANTARCTIC OCEAN model features a bicolor water contact indicator that detects the presence of water. Positioned at 6 o’clock on its cool gray gradient watch dial, this sensor is an important feature in military diving watches, and a highly sought-after detail among watch collectors.
Equipped with a SISTEM51 movement, the back of this timepiece features the Tritoniella Belli whose mysterious shape resembles an iceberg battered by storm waves. The animal’s muted colors inspired the color of the watch’s Bioceramic case, gradient dial, and NATO strap created from recycled fishing nets.
In Depth: Blancpain X Swatch
Deep dive into the special features of this unique collection.
The watches in the Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms Collection are equipped with Swatch’s mechanical movement SISTEM51. Launched in 2013, Swatch SISTEM51 is the first and only mechanical movement whose production is entirely automated. This Swiss-made mechanism features just 51 parts including only one central screw, has a 90-hour autonomy and is fully anti-magnetic thanks to its hairspring made with Nivachron™, ensuring high precision.
In true Swatch fashion, every SISTEM51 movement is visible thanks to a transparent display back. All five watches in the Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms Collection feature an illustration of one of the five magnificent, colorful nudibranchs found in each of the five oceans. The animals are featured in a digital print on the movement’s rotor which allows the watch to recharge automatically with a simple movement of the wrist.
Developed and patented by Swatch, Bioceramic is a unique blend of two thirds ceramic used in high-end watchmaking and one third biosourced material derived from castor oil, resulting in a very durable, scratch-resistant product with a silky matte finish.
Each watch in the Biocreamic Scuba Fifty Fathoms Collection features a Bioceramic case, bezel and crown, as well as a Bioceramic pin buckle and loops.
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