Buying Vintage Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Milspec and other Vintage Watches
I have been on eBay a few years already, I
sell and resell watches and jewelry as my main trade and we are a group of
sellers who work together…this means a lot of combined experience and
The subject of this guide is Blancpain Fifty
Fathoms, Milspec and other models.
It breaks my heart to see people putting BS
watches and scamming eBayers.
Every month there’s a suspicious looking
Blancpain put of eBay and there’s always someone who falls for the scam.
So here are a
Fifty Fathoms are military
watches; therefore they should have serial numbers. Most armies like to keep
track of their equipment.
A vintage watch should not look
brand new unless polished and polishing decreases value and brings up the
question…Why was it polished?
Dials are the first to show
wear, so a bright dial is most likely fake or redone.
Fifty Fathoms should have the
Fifty Fathoms used high grade
movements, not cheap “brassy” looking movements. If you can’t tell the
movement is cheap, you shouldn’t be buying a Fifty Fathoms.
If the inside of the case was
polished you can be sure this watch is wrong, there is no reason to polish
the inside of a case.
Pay attention to the finishing
on the case, some people recycle Blancpain cases.
Pay attention to the condition
of the dial, hands and bezel, they should be in similar conditions although
a bezel could be totally beat up.
Pay attention to the luminous
markers, they should match all across the dial plus if you see a luminous
filling “spilling” out of it’s boundaries, you know that it was “re-loomed”
and means that the watch is NOT original.
Here are some examples of problematic and
questionable Blancpain watches:
NO SERIAL NUMBER
doesn't look like it should be in a Fifty Fathoms.
signs on the inside of the case plus the inner seal is taken in a way
that you can't see the condition it is in...Makes you wonder why the
seller took the trouble to avoid these details (these pictures were
edited to zoom in)
completely wrong, possible a recycled dial from another Fifty Fathoms
These pointers should help you on your way
and hopefully save you headaches when you are shopping for a vintage Blancpain
or most other valuable vintage watches.