Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is the originator of diver’s watches. Whether in genuine watch industry or replica watch field, Blancpain Fifty Fathoms has a very prominent position. Compared with diver’s watches from other Swiss brands, Fifty Fathoms looks more elegant because it does not have a robust case. Take Rolex Submariner and Panerai Luminor Submersible for example, they all have a strong case and bezel, while Blancpain Fifty Fathoms only has a strong lume on its bezel and dial, which is regarded as one of the most iconic features of diver’s watches. However, Blancpain Fifty Fathoms has its own characteristics, the biggest feature you can notice is the sapphire crystal bezel, I never see such design on other brand watches, Fifty Fathoms is the first watch to adopt a sapphire crystal bezel. In replica watch field, Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is also very popular, a lot of manufacturers made replicas of it, but the best one is made by Noob factory. At that time, as one of five best sellers made by Noob, replica Blancpain Fifty Fathoms occupies an important position in our watch market. The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms replica I am going to share a review here is made by Z factory, the following article will show you how perfect the replica watch is and what improvements the factory has made on this Blancpain Fifty Fathoms.
Case is made of 316L stainless steel, it is brushed and case sides have deep engravings. In the past several years, it is no doubt that Noob makes the best replica Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, but after seeing the case work on this version of ZF, I believe the Fifty Fathoms from ZF has already been better than Noob’s. Like genuine, the case has a diameter of 45mm and is 15.5mm thick, it has a profile that is 1:1 original. On basis of Noob version, ZF modified lugs to to be more streamlined so that the case could fit your wrist perfectly. Besides, about the pins that connect straps to case head, they are also improved to have the correct shape. Check every corner of the case carefully, you can not find any defect. The bezel and crystal face are one entire piece of sapphire crystal, which is dome-shaped.
Sapphire crystal has a layer of AR Coating, when you look at the dial through crystal at a certain angle, you will see beautiful violet color gathered at the edge of the crystal. This is the same feature as genuine watch.
Dial is black, and it has two big improvements. First, the lume color is closer to original, the golden edge of four Arabic numeral hour markers of 3, 6, 9 and 12 is narrowed, the lume part on these four markers are expanded, so lume effect will be stronger and more durable. The second improvement is the patterns of the cicle which hour makrers lie on. All previous Blancpain Fifty Fathoms replicas made before use track-style patterns on that circle, while ZF uses genuine CD patterns. There is a window at 4:30 that is displaying current date, the window has white date font in black background, which is clearly readable. By the way, three hands are also applied Swiss lume material, the long and slender second hand with a red tip is running sweeping the dial smoothly.
About case back, although it looks simple, but it is hard for a factory to make to be perfect. There are a lot of words engraved on the back, the size of each letter and lettering spacing were modified by ZF for several times to make sure they are the same as original. While the most important thing is the replica is equipped with a clone ETA 2836 that is based on top quality Sea-Gull automatic movement. This Asian ETA 2836 is mostly used in replica watches and its accuracy has been tested for thousands of times.
The replica is fitted with black nylon band, Z factory also offers one pair of free rubber straps, besides, to help you unscrew the hex screws in case, two special screwdrivers will also be shipped together with the watch.