1950's Blancpain Aqualung
The Blancpain series of dive watches has a history that is just as storied as some of the more infamous and famous dive watches of the same era. The vintage Blancpain dive watches are becoming increasingly rare as a result of collectors holding onto these specific timepieces and as a result of very small production numbers by Blancpain, to begin with.
The Armed Forces were early adopters of Blancpain dive watches. Including the French and American Navy as were the early underwater explorers such as Jacque Cousteau among many others. The early Blancpain dive watches embody the golden era of design and innovation that we love from the late 1950s into the 1960s.
The glossy dial paired with the 3-dimensional bakelite bezel insert sets this Blancpain apart from other "Golden Era" Divers. The radium markers and numerals are unique and specific to the early Blancpain Aqualung and Fifty Fathoms.This is an eye-catching piece that would most definitely stand out from the average yet possesses the simple and understated elements that make this specific timepiece so rare and unique.
|Handmade leather strap
The case remains in stunning condition showing the factory chamfers and factory finishing. The original bakelite bezel is in an absolutely stunning condition free of any cracks or degradation. When viewed under UV light the bezel still retains its glow for a brief moment. The case back is also in original and unpolished condition properly displaying the engraved serial number, anti-magnetic, water proof, shock protected, and automatic engravings. The watch will come with a bespoke leather strap.
The original glossy dial is also in immaculate condition. The dial is free of any cracks and is downright stunning. The radium lume on the dial and hands is matching and original free of any lume loss or degradation. The lume has taken on a creamy golden patina which is handsome and eye-catching. The metallic and era correct roulette date wheel is also in an immaculate condition free of any blemishes.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty on the accuracy of timekeeping.