June 30, 2010
The Aqualung is a dive watch that was developed by Blancpain in the early 1950s and was one of the first serious dive watches ever produced. It is part of Blancpain's Fifty Fathoms dive watch line which also includes the bathyscaphe and air command chronograph. The Fifty Fathoms has historical importance as it was used by the French, U.S., German and Israeli Navy. This Blancpain dive watch was also used buy the film crew of Jacques Cousteau's movie "The Silent World".
This Aqualung is a great looking dive watch with a beautiful dial with luminescent markers and hands. It is an automatic watch and is powered by Blancpain's 17 jewel nickel movement. The 41mm waterproof case is a perfect size and has a killer black acrylic rotating bezel. The watch is protected by a special antimagnetic shield.
The 1950s Blancpain Fifty Fathom watches do not appear on the market frequently, and I have seen a number of fakes out there so be careful when purchasing these models. It is a highly collectible watch and very difficult to find a nice example. Blancpain re-introduced the watch in 1983 and they still make different variations today. I have seen the vintage aqualung watches trade from $5000 to $15,000 depending upon the model and condition.
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