It is well known that Blancpain never manufactured a quartz watch. An old company established in 1735, Blancpain is serious about its tradition. That does not mean that Blancpain will not utilize cutting edge materials and technology. It does indeed and the 500 Fathoms Watch will prove that, but all the watches are entirely mechanical. The only power utilized will be the power that is initiated by human effort, and the fine mechanics of the watch will take over from there continuing a vast web of tiny movements tracking the time with infinite precision. The 500 Fathoms watch is a new addition to the Fifty Fathoms timepiece collection. The 500 Fathoms explores new depths in diving performance. New technological features enable the diver to penetrate deeper into uncharted territory. As with deep water dive watches the pressure within the watch needs to be adjusted, thus the 500 Fathoms Watch has a helium release valve. To be able to view the watch with water swirling around one, the 48mm case is conveniently large and the dial is exceptionally luminous enabling it to be read in diminishing light as the water becomes darker with depth. The Blancpian 500 Fathoms is able to resist water pressures to a depth of 1000 meters.
The case is crafted from brushed titanium, a lightweight hypoallergenic material which is corrosion resistant - and important consideration since the watch will be constantly exposed to salt water.
The titanium gray sheen contrasts the two tone black and silver color combination of the dial with rugged grace. Luminous material coats the concave bold Arabic Numerals as well as the hour minute and red tipped seconds hand. The black surface on the dial is luminous as well to add extra visibility in extreme deep sea darkness. The crystal and unidirectional rotating bezel is crafted from scratch-resistant Sapphire protecting the dial beneath it. The 500 Fathoms inherited the same feature as the Fifty Fathoms Collection: A screw down winding crown which is protected from accidental shocks in harsh environments.
An added feature is the Sapphire window in a screw-locked case back. This feature enables the wearer to view the the exemplary workings of the Calibre 1315 which boasts a central winding mass crafted in the shape of a boat propeller. In addition the 500 Fathom Timepiece has a balance with regulating screws; three serially-coupled barrels enabling 5 days power reserve and continuous flow of power to the movement.
Comfort and optimum fit is a must when faced with potentially hazardous situations where there is no room for errors. In this regard the Blancpain 500 Fathom is fitted with a rubber-lined sail canvas strap featuring a new triple-deployment clasp with twin security pushers.