My new No Radiations FF & Blancpain Authentication and Service?

Aug 25, 2020,11:25 AM

Hi everyone, 

I ended up purchasing one of my grail watches. It all started a few years ago when I came across the Moeris Bathyscaphe - there was something about the design of the watch and the smaller size that really spoke to me. I was about the pull the trigger when I found out the dial and bezel had radium paint. I know this is not an issue for some but for me, it's a no go zone. 

When I came across this 35-37mm Fifty Fathoms No Radiations, it drove me absolutely nuts. I was lucky enough to have Blancpain give me some guidance on the authenticity of the watch via email/images. Note: they did say they could not guarantee the authenticity without evaluating the watch in-person but what I provided them was enough to say it was authentic from afar. 

So here she is!! I have to say, it might be my favourite watch in my collection at the moment - and I usually hate date complications but for this, I don't mind at all. 

And now on my a couple of questions for the experts on the forums...(if you all don't mind) 

1) Has anyone sent their vintage watch in to Blancpain for an authenciation/verification check? DId this cost anything? (I did ask this question to Blancpain but didn't get a direct answer) 

2) Although I completely intend to keep the watch as-is, one area I'm worried about is the crystal. There are tiny hair/stress fractures that I can't seem to polish out with Polywatch. Would this cost an arm and a leg at Blancpain? 

(note: I'm kindly asking everyone here because I've been notified by Blancpain that the wait times for service is 8 months before I send my watch in for 8 months, I'd like to know what I'm getting into) 

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Congrats, I don’t know about prices for authenticity.

 By: Ted-Lo : August 25th, 2020-12:25
But I would imagine they would charge you a large penny.

Crystals normally don't cost much

 By: cazalea : August 25th, 2020-13:09
and can be changed very quickly by any competent watch repair facility. But that doesn't mean the queue at Blancpain will move any faster. Cazalea

Congratulations 🥂...

 By: Cpt Scarlet : August 25th, 2020-15:04
Please let us know how you get on with this great watch.


 By: MiguelFlash : August 25th, 2020-15:25
Stunningly beautiful. Congratulations!

Thank-you all!

 By: sayhellotoed78 : August 26th, 2020-06:41
It's funny where this obsession has taken me. Rolex > Omega > and now, I'm a Blancpain fanatic.

Have a closer look here

 By: fifty fathoms : August 26th, 2020-07:17 Inspektion of the watch is free and you will get a report about technical condition of your watch and autenticy. They will recommend what to repair and costs. Until here it is free. You can get your watch back with the report or ... 

I will give a special report! [nt]

 By: fifty fathoms : August 26th, 2020-08:30

Vintage service with Blancpain

 By: amarelli : August 28th, 2020-04:43
I sent my watch for authentication and a possible service with Blancpain. The watch is a 1968 No Rad and I wanted to be sure it was correct and in decent working order. In short Blancpain vintage department is excellent, unlike other brands I have dealt w...  

Wow. Thank-you for the info!!

 By: sayhellotoed78 : September 13th, 2020-07:42
Sorry for the late thanks...haven't been on here in a while. I was told by my local Blancpain office here in Toronto that they would have to ship the watch to Switzerland. May I ask what they did to restore the watch? I know it might be a long list of ite...