A pictorial comparison of two Fifty Fathoms on bracelet

I thought it might be interesting to take a closer look at two references within the same model range, the standard Fifty Fathoms ref 5015-1130-71 and the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe ref 5000-1110-70, both on bracelet.

Fifty Fathoms ref 5015-1130-71 and Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe ref 5000-1110-70

The 45mm Fifty Fathoms was introduced in 2007, the bracelet was added as an option maybe 2 years later. The polished case of ref 5015 picks up the design language known from the Trilogy series, the bracelet is the well known X-71 adjusted in some details.

Fifty Fathoms ref 5015-1130-71

The 43.6mm Bathyscaphe was introduced in 2013, with exception of calibre 1315 which powers both references the watch was created fully from scratch, including the bracelet X-70, which again came approximately two years later.

Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe ref 5000-1110-70

The design elements of both bracelets are significantly different: the X-71 is fitted with a friction pin and a corresponding hex screw. The Bathyscaphe lugs require the X-70 to be fitted with spring bars.

Fifty Fathoms ref 5015-1130-71

Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe ref 5000-1110-70

The screws for length adjustment could not be more different as well:

Fifty Fathoms ref 5015-1130-71

Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe ref 5000-1110-70

Whilst the X-71 fearures both polished and brushed parts, the X-70 of ref 5000 is all brushed:

Fifty Fathoms ref 5015-1130-71

Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe ref 5000-1110-70

Both bracelets feature a hidden deployant, both do not have a quick adjustment due to the aesthetic design choice Blancpain made. The process of opening and closing the clasp is a bit more delicate with the X-71 due to the additional guard you saw on a photo already.

Fifty Fathoms ref 5015-1130-71

Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe ref 5000-1110-70

Fifty Fathoms ref 5015-1130-71

Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe ref 5000-1110-70

Now let’s get back to the watches themselves. The following photos give you solid idea on how different and distinct the design elements of references 5000 and 5015 are:

Fifty Fathoms ref 5015-1130-71

Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe ref 5000-1110-70

Fifty Fathoms ref 5015-1130-71

Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe ref 5000-1110-70

Also the back of both cases counld not be more different. The Fifty Fathoms 5015 uses a solid case back with an underlying anti magnetic shield. Since the Bathyscaphe 5000 was introduced 6 years later, the calibre 1315 had evolved to bear anti magnetic properties in itself, so a glass case back was chosen.

Fifty Fathoms ref 5015-1130-71

Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe ref 5000-1110-70

Those pics are meant to close the detail review…

Fifty Fathoms ref 5015-1130-71 and Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe ref 5000-1110-70

Fifty Fathoms ref 5015-1130-71 and Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe ref 5000-1110-70

… and lead over to the wristshots. Both timepieces wear heavy and at the same time very comfortable due to the excellent execution of cases and bracelets. Ref 5015 is a bit more shiny, but it also represents the probably most luxurious dive watch around. Ref 5000 is representing more of a toolwatch character.

Fifty Fathoms ref 5015-1130-71

Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe ref 5000-1110-70

I’ll close this pictorial comparison with two close up shots, revealing the attention to detail that extends to each component:

Fifty Fathoms ref 5015-1130-71

Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe ref 5000-1110-70

Hope you enjoyed the report.

Cheers
Henrik

 

For further information on the timepieces please visit blancpain.com

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