A first glance at what looks to be one of the 2023 Fifty Fathoms novelties

Nov 23, 2022,19:00 PM

Earlier his week I had the opportunity to visit Blancpain and even had the chance to briefly meet Marc Hayek. On his wrist I noticed a very interesting watch, most likely a prototype for next year’s 70th anniversary of the Fifty Fathoms.

I can’t provide any details, but to me it clearly looked smaller than 45mm and larger than 40mm. When you zoom in you see it apparently is a new 70th Anniversary Fifty Fathoms, like the 2003 special edition.

I got the blessing from Blancpain to post this photo, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to share this promising first impression with you.


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Will it be the Blancpain I finally get?

 By: Treiz1337 : November 23rd, 2022-19:25
I have been wanting a 40mm Blancpain Fifty fathom for a while now. I was just waiting for the right one. Hopefully there is a no date version and no Blancpain engraved on the side.

If they don't make a small FF they are clueless

 By: TeutonicCarFan : November 23rd, 2022-19:29
These special editions are hard to get and have faux patina. I would have gotten a FF over my sub if not 45mm. If for 70th anniversary then likely limited. I don't understand why BP makes desirable watches in limited edition. For a company that seemingly ... 

Great news

 By: TeutonicCarFan : November 23rd, 2022-19:32
It does seem their small models have lower tier movements? Not super familiar with their movement catalog.

A bit shorter power reserve, but the smaller movements are definitely not inferior in any other way.

 By: als1678 : November 23rd, 2022-19:37
I have an ocean commitment III, 40mm . Even the finishing is above and beyond what other brands do at this price point.

Now that is the connoisseur choice

 By: TeutonicCarFan : November 23rd, 2022-20:34
Love that, the one I'd own for sure.

Thank you!

 By: als1678 : November 23rd, 2022-21:36
The only thing about those 40mm limited editions is that they are a bit thick, so even though they look good on a strap, for me bracelet is the way to go . I understand why many collectors think that something like 42-43mm would be the sweet spot for FF. ...  

Well, not necessarily lower tier but it’s safe to say the cal 1315 tops the 1150…

 By: shortys home : November 23rd, 2022-19:37
… and if it’s really a 42-43mm FF I believe the 1315 would fit. I haven’t seen the watch up close and personal, so I can’t tell what was inside.


 By: chughg : November 25th, 2022-03:51
Seems the 1315 is more robust but the 1150 is more finely finished?

Looks great!

 By: andrea~ : November 23rd, 2022-19:44

I hope a smaller version will be introduced.

 By: vitalsigns : November 23rd, 2022-19:45
Count me among the thousands who would own an FF if not for the overly large size (diameter and thickness). Frankly, I just want an exact clone, but in a smaller size. 42mm would be perfect. Cheers, John

Very close to the 50th anniversary!

 By: amanico : November 23rd, 2022-21:20

 By: Uppersouth : November 25th, 2022-00:21
If so, grade 5 hopefully.

For sure, 40mm grade 5 ti, amazing.

 By: oyster case : November 25th, 2022-00:37

Looks promising!

 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : November 23rd, 2022-23:05

Thanks for sharing

 By: Arronax : November 24th, 2022-00:31
Definitely curious to hear more. I wish they would revive the Leman Aqualung series on bracelet, much thinner than the FF as a daily.

 By: Richard M : November 24th, 2022-12:27
Perhaps I am imagining things, but it looks like the dial says “Series 1” at the bottom, which if correct, might signal that there will be more than one commemorative Anniversary model?

I just received this email from Blancpain . . .

 By: Mach : November 24th, 2022-14:56
I actually called the boutique yesterday. They stated they knew nothing about this. But after some “jostling,” they agreed to take a deposit.😉 Then this email appears today! There was nothing when I clicked on Download the press kit. Now, my interpretatio...  


 By: MiguelFlash : November 24th, 2022-17:56


 By: amanico : November 24th, 2022-18:10

+1 without date. +2 on the bathyscaphe case

 By: Nicetomeetyou : November 25th, 2022-16:30
I prefer the lugs on the bathyscaphe in particular. The end result: ...  

 By: Uppersouth : November 25th, 2022-02:00
I’m imagining 4 diverse product subgroups. 1.A historical 70th anniversary limited edition paying homage to the original 2. 20th anniversary, non-LE, refreshed production model 3. 20th anniversary LE Ocean Commitment 4. 10th anniversary LE Gombessa in ver... 

Thanks for sharing

 By: Nicetomeetyou : November 24th, 2022-16:06
It looks great. No white gold surrounds on the arabics is nice. Fingers crossed for closer to 40mm than 45mm.

Oh yes. That is very nice 👍🏻

 By: MiguelFlash : November 24th, 2022-17:55
I can picture it on my wrist as I write…


 By: amanico : November 25th, 2022-06:15

White hands pleeeeese !

 By: templetowers : November 24th, 2022-19:17


 By: amanico : November 24th, 2022-19:49


 By: Nicetomeetyou : November 25th, 2022-16:30

Very cool👍!

 By: vallura : November 26th, 2022-16:09