BLANCPAIN FIFTY FATHOMS 3H BUND, c1975
The Blancpain 3H
Fifty Fathoms (3H refers to the inscription on the dial, that can be
found on every Bund issued watches with tritium indexes and hands) is
rare bird and a very unique watch into the FF collection.
forward to 1975, the German Military required a watch for it’s Navy
Combat Divers, or to be more precise, the West German Bundeswehr
Kampfschwimmers. They commissioned Blancpain to produce a special
edition of the ‘Fifty Fathoms’ – and this was the result – the 3H Fifty
Fathoms. This model was never available for civilian use, and only ever
Helped by a screwdown crown, screw caseback, heavy
stainless steel case, and thick mineral glass crystal, the watch is
water resistant to 200 meters. A strange difference with the other
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is the lack of numerals on the bezel. The bezel
insert is acrylic and due to expansion & contraction, many examples have
the tell-tale split down the centre of the lume triangle – a good sign
of original lume. The bezel is also bi-directional, and has a smooth
action with no ratcheting clicks.
It’s powered by a Rayville Cal.
2873 auto movement. It’s not a particularly impressive movement, but
seems to have been chosen for its no-nonsense ruggedness.
Case, glass, bezel & dial Show signs of use. Dial in
Hands and dial – original Tritium lume.
Stock number: 6645-12-171-4162 and serial 1196
Movement runs fine (
8s too fast within 24 hours)
you will find my offer!