In the field of diving watches, the top one is the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, which is the Rolex submarine type (commonly known as “water ghost”). When many followers want to get a diving watch, do you consider the 50 points in the initial time? Although it is a submersible type, there are many situations in between, and it is better to choose which one is better.
Rolex is very famous in China, but the real status in the watch industry is worse than Platinum. Rolex is a luxury brand, at the same time, Omega, IWC, etc.
As the best watch, Blancpain has a rating with Patek Emerald and Vacheron Constantin, and its price and status are better than Rolex.
The 40 mm diameter upstart temperament water ghost is made of 904L stainless steel, dog eye ceramic wheel, large time slot, steel belt, screw-in crown, shoulder, tight bottom, medium gauge torque It is seen, but the case of the oyster-style design for decades has quite a taste of the sea tyrant.
Blancpain’s 50-meter diameter is 43 mm, more refined than Rolex’s rudeness, slender surface contours, tiny teeth, no shoulders, transparent back, like a literary youth, elegantly dissatisfied.
Movement and performance
The 3135 movement, certified by a Swiss Observatory equipped with Rolex Water, has strong magnetic reluctance and high stability with a duration of only 48 hours. You do not have to adjust the time every time you install it once every other day. Sustainability is also moderate in the middle
The Blancpain Fifty Fathoms is equipped with 1315 movements, which are finely polished and have a kinetic energy of 120 hours. The five-day hand on the watch also acts in the same way. It can be said to be a conscience movement for lazy people.
Waterproof performance: Rolex Water Ghost and Blancpain Fifty Fathoms? The same is 300 meters of waterproof, in the harsh environment, Rolex’s luminous reading function is obviously beneficial.
Price and market conditions
Neither is the official price list. The biggest concern for everyone when buying is this problem.
How much can I buy?
Rolex’s submariner, because the public price is about 70,000, the output is low, the supply is not on-demand, the secondary market cooking phenomenon is serious, the premium has reached more than 90,000 Baopo 50? The price of the series ranges from 80,000 to more than 200,000, and the entry fee is between 80,000 and 100,000. Pope is a new dive. I have invested in insurance at the collectors.
Water Ghost and Blancpain Fifty Fathoms? How do you choose?
The two brand watches have their own characteristics. Practically speaking, the water ghost is easier to use, and the Rolex stretch button can adjust the length.
This year is the 20th anniversary of Omega’s coaxial escapement technology. This technology has become the gold-plated sign of Omega. Almost all of its models are listed, and it is also the basis for Omega’s “Assured Observatory Certification”. One of the most significant breakthroughs in the field of mechanical watchmaking in the past two centuries. Today, let’s talk to you about this technology.
Speaking of Omega, you have to mention its main rival Rolex. After the quartz crisis, every dialogue between the two seems to have stabilized the euro. However, after the development of several black technologies led by the coaxial escapement, Omega has gradually acquired the capital that challenges Rolex’s dominance. The comparison between the two is no longer a one-sided situation. Its significance can be imagined.
In fact, the coaxial escapement technology was first invented in 1974. The name of the person who created this technology was George Daniels (1926-2011), a British watchmaker. He was once considered a treasure. The most important watchmaker after 玑. However, people at the time did not seem to understand the advantages of this technology. George applied for six years to obtain a patent. At the same time, he is also trying to sell this technology to watch companies such as Patek Philippe, but no one cares about him, because at that time, the quartz trend is prevailing, everyone feels that this coaxial escapement has no future. In this way, George ate a nose gray.
But in the 1990s, with the revival of mechanical watches, George’s invention began to usher in spring. Nicholas Hayek, the head of the Swatch Group, was eye-catching and realized that the coaxial escapement had great potential for development and immediately took the shot and won the patent. In 1999, Omega launched the new Butterfly Fly, whose movement was modified from the ETA 2892 and was equipped with a coaxial escapement for the first time. This movement was named 2500 movement. Once the new product was launched, it caused a sensation in the watchmaking world and successfully seized the headlines of the day.
The reputation of the coaxial escapement is inseparable from its technical advantages and is inseparable from Omega’s superior marketing methods. Omega has been committed to making it a milestone in the history of mechanical watchmaking, emphasizing that it has changed the traditional lever escapement for more than two hundred years; at the same time, Omega is also paying attention to the details of the promotion, such as The name of the technology, co-axial, is aimed at catching up to ensure the degree of transmission. Under the promotion of internal and external co-power, the promotion of coaxial escapement has been extremely successful, greatly enhancing the brand reputation of Omega.
After the trial in early 1999, Omega continued to make great strides in the improvement of the coaxial escapement. Today, its products have basically covered this technology. The principle is not complicated to explain: from the structural point of view, the traditional escape wheel is a gear, and the coaxial escapement is composed of two or three layers of gears, which share a shaft. So it is called Co-Axial. In the operation of the coaxial escapement, only the tip of the tooth is in point-to-point contact, while the conventional escapement has friction and contact between the face and the face. Thus, compared to the conventional model, the friction generated by the coaxial escapement is significantly reduced and less susceptible to damage.
However, the shortcomings of coaxial escapement are also obvious, that is, its requirements for the precision of parts are too high. For the traditional Swiss lever escapement, the interaction between the balance wheel, the pallet fork and the escape wheel is a matter of moments. In about 0.1 seconds, the escape wheel and the escapement fork need to be in quick contact. , passed by. If the actual size and design dimensions of the two components are slightly different, it will affect the distance between each other and cause it to malfunction. The coaxial escapement structure is more complicated, and the allowable tolerance range is only half of the traditional lever escapement, so it is very difficult to achieve mass production. In the beginning, Patek Philippe and Rolex and other big manufacturers let George eat closed doors, but also consider this factor. Omega has also paid a lot of prices to overcome this defect, such as the famous 2500 stealing incident, which has caused adverse effects on the brand’s reputation at that time.
Compared with Omega’s bold attempt, the old rival Rolex has been slow and cautious in this regard. Over the years, they have only made some adjustments based on the traditional Swiss lever escapement, gradually applying some new materials, while slightly improving the aesthetic design. Omega, on the other hand, has achieved a competitive advantage in mechanical innovation with its bold coaxial escapement technology. Now it seems that Rolex is also the time to force, or there is a real risk of being caught.
For now, the only Defy Lab series that can surpass the coaxial escapement in terms of innovation. In this series of products, Zenith revolutionary eliminated the components such as the balance spring, balance wheel, and pallet fork, all of which were replaced by a thin flat silicon wafer with a frequency of 15 Hz. If mass production is possible, It will be the most accurate watch on the market today. However, in essence, Zenith directly removes the parts that may cause problems, rather than trying to transform them. In contrast, George, who developed the coaxial escapement, is undoubtedly more like a traditional watchmaker. It is this lack of “temperature” and “feelings” that makes people’s passion for this technological innovation of Zenith not. high. (And Zenith seems to have trouble in terms of mass production)
Up to now, Omega’s coaxial escapement technology has been continuously improved. The bold investment of the year has finally harvested the sweet fruit. While celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Coronal Embarrassment, I also expect Omega to continue to bring us more surprises.