Blancpain - The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV Hong Kong Friday, May 27, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Manufacturer: Blancpain
    Year: Circa 2014
    Reference No: 5785F-11D03-63
    Case No: 94
    Model Name: Fifty Fathoms Speed Command
    Material: DLC-coated stainless steel
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. F185, 37 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: DLC-coated stainless steel Blancpain pin buckle
    Dimensions: 45mm diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Blancpain International Warranty stamped Ginotti dated 11th December 2014, instruction manual, service booklet, travel case, outer packaging and fitted presentation box.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Bearing the name “Fifty Fathoms”, the military-focused dive watch from the early 1950s has today transformed to much more than what it was originally designed for. Modernized and its robustness enhanced, the 45mm diameter model launched in 2007 has become an icon of the firm fitted with a voluptuous sapphire crystal bezel insert.

    The present example Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Speed Command from circa 2014 is a perfect iteration of a modernized example of the famed timepiece. Featuring a flyback chronograph complication powered by the cal. F185, it was designed for the world of motor racing that is highly recognizable by its appeal and materials used. Encased in DLC-coated stainless steel, the brushed finish of the black case is complimented by a carbon fiber dial with orange accents. The present timepiece is offered with its full set of accessories and is preserved in excellent overall condition.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1735

    As the watchmaking brand with the earliest founding date, Blancpain remains close to tradition, concentrating on classical mechanical watches. Established in 1735 by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain, the Le Brassus manufacturer today continues to innovate with the development of high-quality calibres and is proud of their heritage, having never made quartz watches. One of the firm's greatest successes was the Fifty Fathom wristwatch introduced in 1953 — the vintage models of which are now highly coveted by collectors. The earliest dive watch available to the market, Fifty Fathom came out a year prior to Rolex's Submariner.  Another key model is the Air Command from the 1960s, considered one of the most mythical collector's watches due to their extreme rarity. Today, the firm specializes in creative innovated complicated timepieces. 

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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 5785F-11D03-63
A fine and attractive DLC-coated stainless steel flyback diver's chronograph wristwatch with date, warranty and presentation box

Circa 2014
45mm diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

HK$15,000 - 30,000 

Sold for HK$60,480

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Thomas Perazzi
Head of Watches, Asia 
+852 2318 2001

The Hong Kong Watch Auction: XIV

Hong Kong Auction 27 - 28 May 2022