Captured by collectors: vintage Bathyscaphe

Today I start a new series of blog posts covering the view of fellow Blancpain collectors on their timepieces. This series will feature their own photos and it is meant to, besides showcasing beautiful timepieces, illustrate the spectrum of watch photography. Let’s start this series with Markus’ photos of his vintage Bathyscaphe.

Vintage Bathyscaphe

This Bathyscaphe was most likely made in the late 1950s/early 1960s and Markus bought it from a dealer some 10 years ago, being impressed by the grey dial and the beautiful Tritium patina.

The Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe line was launched in 1956. With the size of 34-37mm and the date function it was meant to appeal to civilian divers who would like to use their dive watch as an everyday timepiece. At that time the Fifty Fathoms Rotomatic Incabloc and MilSpec watches were supposed to be used as diving instruments only, and their size of 41mm was by far larger than the usual diameter of a wristwatch.

The stainless steel case and most prominently the shape of the lugs make clear how much the vintage Bathyscaphe has influenced today’s Bathyscaphe, as does the Bakelite bezel with its complete graduation.

Markus clearly captures his love for this vintage timepiece in his photos, using various settings and lighting to highlight the character and beauty of it.

What makes this watch even more special is that Markus made the vintage look grey strap with yellow stitching himself. This strap corresponds perfectly with the dial and the Tritium patina.

A heartfelt thank you goes to Markus for allowing me to share his excellent photos and covering his beautiful watch.

I hope you enjoy this new series covering the passion and photography of fellow enthusiasts. If you want to participate, please do not hesitate to reach out. I would highly appreciate your support!

You can find out how Blancpain deals with their heritage pieces in my report on the Blancpain Vintage Atelier in Le Brassus here.

Cheers

Henrik

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