Setting standards of excellence since 1735, Blancpain watches have overcome every obstacle in their path to bring their customers extraordinary movements and passionately innovative designs. Blancpain was initially founded by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain who set up his first workshop on the upper floor of his house in Switzerland, and for over 280 years, the same rigorous quality policy and imaginative approach that was established then continues in the brands watch collections today. One of their most popular models, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms watch, was first released in 1953 when the combat swimmers of the French Navy needed a reliable watch for underwater operations. After being fully tested by the unit, the watch was quickly accepted as the standard of reference among diving watches. The same rigorous values and striking innovations that have followed the brand throughout its extensive history remain a constant today.