The description below differs from the normal History & Reference that has accompanied all Dial + Bezel descriptions to date and is instead accompanied by general musings on the brand and watch by Dial + Bezel founder Parker Lieberman.
Why I love Blancpain
My love of the Blancpain brand began around 3 years ago when I saw a Patek 5396G at a dealer down in Soho in New York City. The combination of the dark grey dial and applied Breguet numerals had me captivated and I knew then that I needed to find a watch with those design elements to add to my collection. Not having the insane amount of money to put down for the 5396G I began the quest to find something that fit the image that I had crafted in my mind. That quest led me to the Blancpain reference 7002 and quickly led me down a rabbit hole of Blancpain exploration. What I found at the bottom of that rabbit hole, past the talking points of it being the oldest Swiss watch company in operation, was a brand with deep rooted history, a commitment to quality, and an unwavering understanding of who they were and the watches that they produced. That last point was the one that struck a chord with me the most and left me baffled as to why I seemed to be the only Blancpain fanboy around. Look at the comments on basically any watch that has come out in the last few years and you will undoubtedly see comparisons to watches from other manufacturers and requests for watch companies to be more original rather than just copying the trends. That request has been served no better than by Blancpain. As trends have come and gone they continue to serve none other than their own desires which really boils down to two watches, the Villeret and the 50 Fathoms. With each of these watches, in their various forms, comes pieces with true historical significance and technical innovation. We’re talking about movements that are not only of the highest quality and finishing but properly sized for their cases, individually numbered case backs on non-limited editions, real quality assurance, versatility in design, and so much more.
The prices of almost every in-demand watch has skyrocketed in recent years but the same cannot be said for Blancpain pieces and I think that presents an amazing opportunity for people to find amazing pieces at incredible values. Sooner or later the quality of Blancpain will be realized by the watch loving public and that is a day that I am looking forward to.
The Case and Bracelet
The 38mm stainless steel case is in good condition and wears all of its correct and original components as well as a rarely seen solid stainless steel bracelet with a hidden dual deployant clasp. There are scratches throughout the case commensurate with a fair amount of wear but there are no major dings or deep scratches to note. A factory or service could absolutely bring this watch back to near new condition if the new buyer chose to do so. The side of the case bears the Blancpain name and the caseback is numbered 1005. The sapphire crystal is in excellent condition.
The Dial and Hands
With so many great functions to this watch including a second time zone, day/night indicator, small seconds hands, and date it is nice to see that the dial remains balanced and highly legible. Overall condition is excellent with no flaws to note.
This watch features an automatic Blancpain caliber 5L60 movement. It’s rhodium-plated, with fausses cotes embellishment. It’s constructed with 30 jewels, 253 components, twin mainspring barrels mounted in series, and a shock absorber device. It includes a straight-line lever escapement, a Glucydur free-sprung monometallic balance that’s adjusted to 5 positions, a self-compensating flat balance spring, and an 18K gold rotor. The watch is running and the service history is unknown.
This watch is accompanied by its original box and manuals. The bracelet is sized to fit a 7 inch wrist.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Automatic Blancpain caliber 5L60|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Stainless Steel|
|Original Papers||Yes (manual)|