Blancpain Aqua-lung "No Radiations"

Blancpain Aqua-lung "No Radiations"

Dial: Original glossy black dial in excellent condition with beautiful even patina. 

Bezel: Original bakelite bezel in very good condition with no cracks and few scratches.  

Hands:  Original hands with nice even matching patina.  NOTE: Some luminous material missing on the seconds hand.

Case:  Strong 36mm case retaining its original factory lines and crisp factory chamfers.  Likely, lightly polished in the past.  Wears larger than it measures. 

Caseback:  Original with clear crisp engravings.  (Serial 201264)

Movement: Signed "Blancpain- Rayville S.A." in-house, automatic, 17 jewel movement with original anti-magnetic shock protection cover. 

Strap: Black Tropic diver strap in great condition. 

No box or papers, service history unknown but is currently winding and running well.  

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 its silver date 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 91.45meters, the depth at which a diver could achieve with the oxygen mixture in use.   

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