Coming off its success from creating what is now known as the first iteration of the modern dive watch with the legendary Fifty Fathoms, Blancpains next development was the Bathyscaphe which was intended to be a dive watch that would also be ideal for everyday wear due to its smaller size while evoking a similar design. Like many other big name producers, Blancpain provided the Bathyscaphe for other brands to sell as private label watches, including this Waltham which is among the most prominent versions youll find of this watch. For what is considered a tool watch from the 50s, I would say this Bathyscaphe is in pretty good condition.
The bakelite bezel is in nice shape with only small cracks at 36 and 60 and the dial, despite evidence of moisture ingress and radium dust, maintains its glossy appearance and nice original custard lume. The original hands match the dial perfectly as well, while the case is also in very nice shape with pretty much all of its nickel plating intact which is rare in a watch this old. Having just recently been serviced, it is keeping time as well as any watch from 1959 should and is ready to find its new home. If you have any questions or would like more photos please contact me. The item "1959 Waltham (Blancpain) Bathyscaphe MC4 Vintage Dive Watch" is in sale since Wednesday, November 25, 2020.This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Watches\Wristwatches". The seller is "enonimus" and is located in San Jose, California.
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