I recently had the opportunity to welcome the three regular collection 38mm Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe models for a photo session, something I had on my wishlist for quite a while. So let’s get up close with reference 5100 in white, blue and meteor grey.
The 38mm Bathyscaphe collection
The smaller version of the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe was introduced together with the 43mm model in 2013, at the time it was the white dial version only. A few years later the grey and blue dial models were added to the collection. This overview does not account for the two special editions made for Revolution and Hodinkee. You can find those here in the blog, albeit not with my own photos since I never had the pleasure to experience them in the metal.
Like the larger Bathyscaphe the watch features a ceramic bezel insert with Liquidmetal inlays. Since the bezel is as broad as with the 43mm Bathyscaphe, the relation between dial and bezel is significantly different with the 38mm timepiece. Here’s a comparative shot of the two Bathyscaphe sizes:
Reference 5100 is available on sailcloth or Nato strap, both on a stainless steel tang buckle. The metal keepers of the Nato strap are gone, the current collection uses the same Nato strap with fabric keepers as the other watches from the Fifty Fathoms collection.
Each of the three regular Bathyscaphe 5100 watches has its very own character, the colors of dials and ceramic bezels make a real difference. First, here are some impressions of reference 5100-1110-B52A with a black ceramic bezel and a mesmerizing grey sunburst dial.
Finally, there’s the Bathyscaphe with blue dial and bezel, reference 5100-1140-NAOA. Being the only non-chrono stainless steel FF with blue dial in the regular collection (the 40mm FF OC III being a limited edition and the other blue dial FF are either gold, titanium or ceramic), it is a convincing offer.
Reference 5100 can count as a true unisex Fifty Fathoms, showing a more female touch with the white version and also working well as a modestly sized sports watch for gentlemen with smaller wrists.here on the Blancpain website. As previously mentioned, here you find my blog post showing the two 38mm limited editions for Revolution and Hodinkee.
I hope you enjoyed the hands-on report and the photos.