WHO MADE THE FIRST DIVE WATCH?

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WHO MADE THE FIRST DIVE WATCH?

Post by koimaster » August 22nd 2022, 11:10pm

Get a bunch of watch nerds together in a room and ask them who made the first dive watch and you’re likely to hear a discordant harmony of “Rolex!” and “Blancpain!”

And those are certainly worthy choices. After all, the Submariner was introduced at the forerunner to Baselworld in 1954 – long before we were all watching a lethal combination of Sea Hunt and Jacques Cousteau. Further, if you look at the Sub’s marketing, not to mention its street cred as “the original tool watch,” you couldn’t be blamed for believing it was the first. And I mean, James Bond! HE wore one, albeit in the early 1960s.


However, a year before the Submariner made its debut, Blancpain introduced the Fifty Fathoms. They’d been working with the French Navy on a custom piece that would satisfy the needs of the underwater combat diver teams. And in fact, the FF (as it became known) was the first watch to feature a uni-directional rotating bezel with minute markings so those Navy frogmen could know the elapsed time of their dives.

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Re: WHO MADE THE FIRST DIVE WATCH?

Post by jason_recliner » August 24th 2022, 4:31pm

Datsun240Z71 wrote:
August 24th 2022, 2:50pm
I finally saw a new Fifty Fathoms yesterday for first time. On bracelet. Very impressive. They offered it to me at $15,500. I declined.
They make a good watch for sure. I looked at a Bathyscaphe and it was very impressive.
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Post by koimaster » August 26th 2022, 9:50am

Datsun240Z71 wrote:
August 24th 2022, 2:50pm
I finally saw a new Fifty Fathoms yesterday for first time. On bracelet. Very impressive. They offered it to me at $15,500. I declined.
https://www.chrono24.com/blancpain/blan ... 842477.htm
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Re: WHO MADE THE FIRST DIVE WATCH?

Post by 3Flushes » August 28th 2022, 1:38am

bobbee wrote:
August 28th 2022, 1:32am
Omega.

https://www.vintagewatchstraps.com/omega.php#Marine
Indeed.

As noted in the link Omega used a screw down crown on the Marine they called the Oyster crown, soon to become the moniker for Rolex's ubiquitous water resistant case.

Cecil: The Crown borrowed the redesign of the anemically selling Cosmo from Omega as well.

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