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Swatch x Blancpain Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms: Everything You Need to Know

Swatch X Blancpain Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms

The much anticipated follow up to the Swatch x Omega MoonSwatch is finally here. If you’re new to the watch world then a brief explanation: Swatch has been collaborating with some of the legendary brands owned by the Swatch Group to produce colourful, accessible versions of those brands’ signature watches. The first such watch, the MoonSwatch, proved incredibly popular and people queued through the night to procure one from the select stores they were available from, since they’re not available online. Now we have a new collaboration that people will go crazy for, the Swatch x Blancpain Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms.

When I say that there has been anticipation for the new launch, it would perhaps be more correct to say trepidation. While the initial MoonSwatch was received incredibly well, Swatch consistently released new versions each month and with each release more and more people lost interest. As such, a lot of people were wondering whether the teased Blancpain collab would be a return to form or a continuation of the downward trend.

Swatch X Blancpain Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms

I’m happy to report that the Swatch x Blancpain Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms is cool. There are five distinct colourways and in the same way that the original MoonSwatches were each dedicated to a planet in the solar system, each of the Scuba Fifty Fathoms (I still think it should be called the Swatchy Fathoms) is dedicated to one of the five oceans found on Earth. Before we delve into those individual models, let’s talk specs since all five watches are the same.

The watch has a 42.3mm diameter case in the signature Fifty Fathoms style with a faithful recreation of the Blancpain rotating bezel and crown. The crown and dial are dual signed by the collaborating brands. The piece genuinely looks like a colourful rendition of the Fifty Fathoms, which is itself one of the most famous and coolest dive watches ever produced. As for the Scuba Fifty Fathom’s functionality as a dive watch, it has a water resistance rating of fifty fathoms, which equates to 91m or 300ft.

Swatch X Blancpain Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms Antartic Ocean SO35S100

Perhaps the biggest and most important development between this watch and the MoonSwatch is that the Scuba Fifty Fathoms houses a mechanical movement instead of quartz. It’s Swatch’s mass produced Sistem 51, which has a fully automated production system meaning it never sees a pair of human hands. It’s certainly not as prestigious or high quality as even a baseline Swiss movement like a Sellita but on paper it has reasonable specs such as its Nivachron hairspring with magnetic field resistance and 90-hour power reserve.

Arctic Ocean

Swatch X Blancpain Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms Arctic Ocean SO35N100
Swatch X Blancpain Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms Arctic Ocean SO35N100

The first of the colourways is dedicated to the Arctic Ocean, the cold ocean at the top of the world. This particular reference is inspired by the Blancpain Fifty Fathom No Rad, featuring a crossed through radiation symbol at 6 o’clock indicating that the lume does not contain radioactive material, as lume once did. The colours here are a sandy beige with orange accents and bezel.

Swatch X Blancpain Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms Arctic Ocean SO35N100

Flipping it shows an exhibition caseback where you can see that the movement has been decorated with a depiction of the Arctic Ocean and the rotor bears an image of a nudibranch, an exotic marine animal that exists in all five oceans – each watch bears an image of a type of nudibranch native to their waters.

Pacific Ocean

Swatch X Blancpain Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms Pacific Ocean SO35P100

Next is the Pacific Ocean edition with its yellow-orange bioceramic case, black bezel and grey fumé gradient dial. It has slightly different hour markers to the Arctic Ocean above as it features triangles rather than circles. There are also Arabic numerals at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. Again we have the open caseback with ocean and nudibranch decoration.

Swatch X Blancpain Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms Pacific Ocean SO35P100

Atlantic Ocean

Swatch X Blancpain Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms Atlantic Ocean SO35A100
Swatch X Blancpain Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms Atlantic Ocean SO35A100

For the Atlantic Ocean Swatch x Blancpain Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms, they’ve gone for a full blue aesthetic. A light blue case, a dark blue bezel and a gradient dial that transitions between the two shades. It also features a blue NATO strap that like all five watches here is made from upcycled fishing nets.

Swatch X Blancpain Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms Atlantic Ocean SO35A100

Looking at the caseback it once again has the ocean and animal decorations but actually, if we zoom out and look at the bioceramic ring around the edge of the exhibition window, we find a series of positive affirmations: PASSION FOR DIVING – LICENCE TO EXPLORE – OCEAN BREATH – PROTECT WHAT YOU LOVE and IMMERSE YOURSELF. This too is a feature of all five watches.

Indian Ocean

Swatch X Blancpain Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms Indian Ocean SO35I100
Swatch X Blancpain Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms Indian Ocean SO35I100

You can really feel the warmer climate of Indian Ocean in the Indian Ocean edition, which is a combination of green, black and orange. The green-orange combo of the dial and seconds hand is actually reminiscent of the Indian flag, which is a nice touch. This one has the most bizarre looking nudibranch, although to be fair, all of them are pretty strange.

Swatch X Blancpain Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms Indian Ocean SO35I100

Antarctic Ocean

Swatch X Blancpain Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms Antartic Ocean SO35S100

Last but by no means least, we have the Antarctic Ocean Scuba Fifty Fathoms, an icy white and grey edition. This one flips back to the circle hour markers like the Arctic edition because it too has an additional symbol at 6 o’clock. Or more specifically it’s actually a function because it’s a moisture detector that shows if the watch has been compromised. This is a feature that Blancpain introduced on some of their Mil-Spec Fifty Fathoms because where watches are issued to people rather than owned by individuals, you want to check that the previous user hasn’t damaged the watch.

Swatch X Blancpain Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms Antartic Ocean SO35S100

There you have it, the five new Swatch x Blancpain Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms. My personal favourite is the Arctic because I adore the No Rad model and I’m a sucker for the colour orange. If you want to pick one up, then there are a couple of things you’ll need to know. First, the price, all five editions are £340. That’s a fair bit more than the MoonSwatch but also these are automatic so that price increase is easily explained. They also won’t break the bank which is kind of the point, being accessible reinterpretations of classic watches.

Secondly, the watches are only available from specific Swatch stores globally and will not be available to purchase online. (At least until scalpers put them up for sale on pre-owned sites for exorbitant prices.) In the UK, the stores selling them are: London Covent Garden, London Oxford Street, London Battersea Power Station, Manchester Trafford Centre Pop-up, Glasgow and Edinburgh. In all cases they are operating a one watch per customer per day rule in expectation of high demand. They’re not limited editions but stock is likely to sell out quickly. Lastly, the watches go on sale on September 9th, that’s this coming Saturday.

Price & Specs:

  • Model: Swatch X Blancpain Bioceramic Scuba Fifty Fathoms Arctic/Pacific/Atlantic/Indian/Antarctic
  • Ref: SO35N100 (Arctic; beige case, orange bezel insert, orange/beige strap, warm beige dial)
    SO35P100 (Pacific; yellow-orange case, black bezel insert, black/yellow-orange strap, white dial)
    SO35A100 (Atlantic; blue case, blue bezel insert, blue strap, light blue dial)
    SO35I100 (Indian; green case, black bezel insert, black/green/orange strap, deep green dial)
    SO35S100 (Antarctic; ice white case, dark grey bezel insert, grey/blue strap, cool gray dial)
  • Case/dial: 42.3mm diameter x 14.4mm thickness, BioCeramic case, gradient dial
  • Water resistance: 91m (9.1 bar)
  • Movement: Swatch calibre SISTEM51, automatic, 51 parts
  • Frequency: 21,600 vph (3 Hz)
  • Power reserve: 90h
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
  • Strap: NATO strap made from recycled fishing nets removed from the sea with BioCeramic pin buckle and loops
  • Price/availability: £340

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  • Robert from Fratello and I got into an argument after I post my opinion on his site regarding this trashy piece of plastic. The Swatch Group has disgraced the Omega Moonwatch with that piece of plastic trash they made available a few months ago, and did the same with Blancpain. That is not a watch, that is a total disgraceful trash and 5 years from now it will be in the trash can due to the fact that the movement can’t be serviced and thats where it belongs. I wish the Swatch Group goes bankrupt and disappear from the face of the earth. I will never, ever again support the Swatch Group no matter what. I was about to buy the Moonwatch but changed my mind because of that trashy piece of plastic Swatch moonwatch. That thing is made out of plastic, the movement is not serviceable and in less than 5 years it will stop working. The movement 51 is a piece of trash, it has no value due to the fact that you can’t fix the movement, and pay $400.00 plus tax for that trash is crazy, it is like throwing money in the garbage.

  • Swatch is now in the business to degrade the watch brands. Not only they disgraced the Omega Moonwatch now they did the same with the Blancpain Phanton watch. Total disgrace, disgusting, ugly, trashy plastic. Whoever buys this plastic trash must have money to throw in the garbage.

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Michael Sonsino

As Digital Editor for Oracle Time, Michael needs an eye for detail, which makes it a good thing that his twin joys in life are miniatures and watches. He's a lifelong fan of fine timepieces, especially those of a more historic nature - if it has a twist of Art Deco, all the better. Recent purchase: Seiko Prospex 1959 Alpinist Modern Re-Interpretation. Grail watch: Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921.