By TLex There aren't many more iconic designs than that of the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, but with the new version being north of 10K it maybe a little out of reach for some.
The PRS-50 on the other hand can be picked up for a little under 400GBP, a true bargain considering the love that has been put into producing this honest (in terms of design) and truly magnificent looking homage from British watchmaker Eddie Platts of Precista.
The first 50 pieces sold out in just 3 hours, but another batch will be ready by mid July!
From PRECISTA Following the success and popularity of the Precista PRS-50 many customers asked for a different version with a domed acrylic crystal, closer to the specification of the watches manufactured more than 50 years ago. The PRS-50-B attempts, and I believe succeeds, to be that watch. The Precista homages do not pretend to be original but they do have the look and feel of the originals, almost always with superior specification, construction and materials.
The PRS-50-B has a 26mm visible dial with Super Luminova filled applied pennant indices. The domed acrylic crystal is 4.13mm thick and can be retro-fitted to the original PRS-50 without the need for modification, the sapphire from the PRS-50 can also be fitted to the PRS-50-B. The domed crown measures 4.5mm high by 6mm diameter. The hands are faceted polished silver with Super Luminova filling. The bezel insert is flat acrylic and the bezel markers are luminous.
The movement is a new old stock AS2063, a later and higher beat version of the AS1361 originally fitted to the Lip model manufactured between 1956-60. All the movements have been fully serviced and regulated.
The manufacturing drawing for the case and movement detail is identical to the PRS-50 shown further down this page, the only differences are the detail for the domed acrylic crystal on this version.
Material 316L stainless steel, polished
Diameter 42mm, 45mm across including crown Lug to lug height 50mm
Thickness 16.7mm to the top of the domed crystal Lug spacing 22mm Anti-magnetic 4800 A/m
Water resistance 200 metres
Weight 125 grammes with strap
Features Screw down crown, screw back
Colour Semi-matte black with silvered applied markers
Luminous Hour markers Super Luminova C1
Style Faceted silver sword, luminous filled
Luminous Super Luminova C1
Domed acrylic crystal
New old stock 21 jewel AS2063 automatic movement with direct centre seconds, non-hacking. Running at 21,600 BPH (3 Hz), Trishock shock resistance.
1970s retro-style PU strap
The PRS-50-B will be guaranteed for two years and will be supplied with:
* Retro polyurethane square hole strap ( fitted to watch). *
One watch travel case (takes 2 watches) from Banda.
The first 50 pieces sold out in 3 hours on Saturday 13 June 2009.
More stock due mid-July 2009.