Modern Fifty Fathoms

Mar 07, 2023,18:04 PM

I was recently reading shortys home's awesome FF summary:

He didn't mention this iteration which is fair 😉.  I think it is a Bathyscaphe first, Fifty Fathoms second.  I'm glad BP used a clean simple dial and kept those vintage Bathyscaphe lugs.  The view from the back is surprising for a 300m dive watch.  

Any other divers that match steel/nato/leather equally?

I really wish this version of the Bathyscaphe came back.  I want a Seiko SLA reissue, but they wear way too thick.


Credit analog shift (for vintage Bathyscaphe)

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Addition by subtraction !

 By: Nicetomeetyou : March 7th, 2023-18:20

Superbly said. ;)

 By: amanico : March 7th, 2023-18:21

Difficult to make a great/recognizable “simple” design.

 By: Nicetomeetyou : March 7th, 2023-20:23
The key is to know when to stop subtracting!


 By: amanico : March 7th, 2023-21:53

The bracelet adds nicely to it’s character 👍🏻

 By: shortys home : March 7th, 2023-18:23
Unfortunately I have had no chance to handle this one in the metal so far. I hope one day this will change 😉 Thank you very much for your feedback on my blog essay, appreciate it! Henrik

From 2019 I believe

 By: Nicetomeetyou : March 7th, 2023-19:06

No date

 By: Aquaracer1 : March 7th, 2023-19:35
For the win !

☺️. In this case, I agree.

 By: Nicetomeetyou : March 7th, 2023-19:47
When the date is done with intention and good design… I’m down with that!

Of course. Staib matte steel bracelet with butterfly.

 By: Nicetomeetyou : March 7th, 2023-22:05
If I recall, from Holben’s fine watch bands (but can get from many stores).

I have a Seiko SLA017.

 By: RabidManatee : March 8th, 2023-00:21
And while I can deal with the thickness, I’m not sure I like how shiny the rehaut is; I’m on the fence with this one. ...  

The SLA 017 was only 14.1mm. Congrats as the fit looks good. I missed out on that one and didn't want to pay secondary pricing.

 By: Nicetomeetyou : March 8th, 2023-00:59
I've tried on the SLA 037 a few times, but couldn't convince myself to purchase. While the blue/grey dial is amazing, the thickness of 14.7mm feel right on my wrist. The Bathyscaphe is closer to 10mm in comparison. Credit Fratello Credit Fratello ...  

Ah, didn’t realize there was a difference in the thickness.

 By: RabidManatee : March 8th, 2023-21:47
I like the idea of a diver that’s only 10 mm thick.

For the SLA 037, the high beat movement makes it thicker than the other 62MAS limited editions.

 By: Nicetomeetyou : March 9th, 2023-12:12
For this Bathyscaphe, the 10mm thickness even includes a sapphire case back 👍 It’s not a 💯 % apples to apples comparison as the Seiko's SLA has a thick domed sapphire which does add to the dial appearance.

Ah, forgot about the Hi-Beat in that one.

 By: RabidManatee : March 9th, 2023-14:06
Also good point about the domed crystal; I like that detail. That Blancpain looks great. I don’t believe I’d seen it before. I wish Glashutte made a black dialed Sea Q with smaller numbers, no fauxtina, and no date. That could be cool. Or a slightly small... 

Agreed about the Sea Q and Polaris

 By: Nicetomeetyou : March 18th, 2023-16:57
We have similar tastes! 😃


 By: RabidManatee : March 19th, 2023-01:19

I'm a big fan of that watch,

 By: Champthekid : March 8th, 2023-03:05
I pulled the trigger immediately when it became available. I'm so happy I did. ...