Recently, Blancpain replica introduced extensions to their Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe collection with two remarkable watches – the Chronographe and the Day Date 70s. In this review, we take a detailed review of the 70s Day Date, also known as the Bathyscaphe Jour Date 70s with the desert sand coloured dial.
We covered the introduction release details in this article linked below, published when the embargo for the information lifted.
Retail price for the 42 mm Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscphe Day Date ref.5052 1146 E52A is a limited edition of 500 pieces and priced at S$17,600 inclusive of GST.
The case, dial and hands
The case is in stainless steel, and measures 42mm in diameter. The design proportions are such that visually to the naked eye without the aid of comparison scale, it looks much smaller. On the wrist, it wears smaller as well, and wraps around the wrist quite comfortably. The Bathyscaphe Day Date is delivered with a canvas strap . The canvas strap looks like it is made from a very tough khaki fabric.
The case of this aaa quality Blancpain replica watch is a tonneau shape with very graceful lines crafted in stainless steel and finished in a satin brush which makes it look matte, with no shiny portions. A unidirectional satin-brushed steel bezel with ceramic insert and Liquidmetal® hour-markers is also fitted.
As the copy watch is created as a tribute to a 1962 dive in Death Valley’s Devils Hole and a 1970s Blancpain dive watch with a gradient-coloured sandy beige dial featuring a sunburst pattern, it derives its visual cues from both. The 1962 dive is by the underwater photographer Ernest H. Brooks II. In diving the remote, geothermal, water-filled cavern, which stretches down more than 120 meters. It was there that Brooks photographed the seriously endangered species of fish, Cyprinodon diabolis. This combined inspiration gave rise to the dessert sand colour that the latest Bathyscaphe watch adorns, and answers the question why the dive watch of the 70s watch had the colour which is reminiscent of the dessert. And by extension, the dessert sand hues of this watch.
The dial is quite beautiful. Not only is the dessert sand colour dial very attractive, but it is features a sun brushed finish with the tones going from light in the middle to darker at the sides in a dégradé style finish. This gives the dial character, which is lacking from the darker hue and duller appearance of the dial on the Bathyscaphe Day Date released in 2018.
The hands are large, syringe shaped with a pointer tip, and infilled with Superluminova for good lume. The markers of Swiss luxury fake Blancpain are double bar appliqués with polished facets. A 5 minute chapter ring labelled with arabic numerals is also applied to the outer perimeter of the dial, and is punctuated to show the minute markers in between each 5 minute interval. This 5 minute Arabic markers are repeated on the bezel when it is set to zero position and a throwback to the inner bezel which appears in the Fifty Fathoms of the 1970s.