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    Default Blancpain Fifty Fathoms - bargain or bogus?

    This just sold on ebay for Euros 1,512. Described as a 1970 FF, the full listing was as follows -

    "Guaranteed all original BLANCPAIN Fifty Fathoms. Not a fake like 50% of the FF' s on ebay. Allways check fake case nrs on the internet!!
    - no radiation symbol
    - beautiful original dial
    - MV 7836 - military number
    - case nr. 208112
    - original "TROPIC" natural rubber strap / never used.

    Dimensions / Abmessungen:
    - width, w.o. crown: 42 mm
    - overall length: 50 mm
    - heigth: 15,5 mm
    - lugs: 22 mm"


    Here are some of the photos...









    Bargain or bogus? What do you reckon?

    Regards

    Jon'.

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    A bit of both. Not all-original, but refurbed a while ago. I have one almost exactly like it and anguished over it for a long time until I found a couple of helpful posts on MWR.

    Issues:
    1. Usually have AS2066 in them, not one of the 'classically described' movements.
    2. "Swiss Made" on the lower dial, not the "T<25mC" offset at 5 o'clock of the original
    3. Hand lume area follows the contours of the hand rather than being a rectangle on the inside of the hand.
    4. I'll be this dial glows. The replacement dials were much newer and still glow, as does the newer bezel.

    Zaf thinks these exist because the watches were serviced with replacement parts as needed. I'm more in the school (since they are all so similar) that they were refurbished before being sold on the surplus market or that they were sold in bulk to one person and he managed to get a pile of replacement parts to refurbish a bunch of them.

    Since a few of these (in my research) trace back to a certain milwatch dealer in NSW...make your own judgment.

    They are genuine milwatches, no fake parts, just not all-original. Then again, how many of our milwatches are?
    Cheers all, Colin

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