Blancpain Aqua Lung Fifty fathoms watch No radiations Automatic Rayville S.A

Blancpain Aqua Lung Fifty fathoms watch No radiations Automatic Rayville S.A

9,890.00
ch A rare 1960's Blancpain Aqua-lung with the "No Radiations" with and hands dial in all original condition. The watches water resisting rating is 91.45 meters which we will not consider the watch to now be as resisting and will not cover water penetration as to the watches age Dial: Original glossy black dial in reasonable condition regarding the watches provenance Bezel: Original Bakelite bezel in very good condition with some marks and scratches. Hands: Original hands with luminous compound inserts Case: Strong 36mm case retaining its original factory lines and case character which remains original. Likely, lightly polished in the past. Wears larger than it measures. Caseback: Original with clear engravings. (Serial 204196) Case back inscription - Shock Protected Automatic antimagnetic waterproof Blancepain 204196 Stainless steel Swiss Made Movement: Signed "Blancpain- Rayville S.A." in-house, automatic, 17 jewel movement with original anti-magnetic shock protection cover. The Tropic strap is popular (despite the fact its incredibly durable seawater resistant practical ) but also because early Rolex and Tudor Submariners were issued with the Tropic rubber straps as were Blancpain Fifty Fathoms sold by LIP (in the 60s and 70s). A number of divers watch, those collectively known as super-compressors (like the Longines Legend Diver, IWC Aquatimer amongst others) were issued with Tropic straps. Inox under buckle No box or papers, service history unknown but is currently winding and running well with instantiations date calendar change by unlocking yoke spring. This watch is the rarest of watches and has been serviced and timed by our service department but we do not know the watches previous service historThe watch will come in a good quality aftermarket box Blancepain renound the world over for inventive conclusions specific requirements Notes: This special Fifty Fathoms reference with its iconic glossy black dial is also stamped with the rare script "Aqua-lung" name and has the colorful "No-Radiations" badge. These two dial additions make it extremely desirable for collectors. Along with the beautiful dial, the matching patina on the hands and bezel along and the watches calendar window wheel, makes for one stunning example. In searching for the next diver watch for your collection, this vintage Blancpain Fifty Fathoms stands firm in its rich history, desirability, look and will easily claim its place in the collection of the long time enthusiast or new collector. History: Over 50 years ago Blancpain’s CEO, Jean-Jacques (also a diver) created the Fifty Fathoms for the frogmen of the French military. In this piece being offered, the iconic features of the Fifty Fathoms can be seen; the glossy black dial with self-luminous numbers and indexes, the black unidirectional notched Bakelite bezel with its luminous numbers and indexes. The Fifty Fathoms was seen as reliable tool watch for both military and civilian divers alike, and was often sold in the dive shops. One of the suppliers to these shops was “Aqualung” which formed a strong partnership with Blancpain over the years. This excellent French piece is a historically important one in the timeline of dive watches and named after the British measurement of “50 Fathoms” or approximately 91.45 meters, the depth at which a diver could achieve with the oxygen mixture in use
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