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I knew there was a CPCP version, but didn't realize it was the one with the central lug. I did a bit of searching and it's actually a remake of one from 1938:



As mentioned earlier I like the watch a lot. Unfortunately there was a post in Hodinkee a few days ago about the Tank Asymetrique and I fear the prices will now creep up.
A friend of mine has the CPCP Tank Asymetrique, and its really a beautiful watch, although I find the Asymetrique a bit cleaner looking without the central lug. That being said, I would gladly take a Tank Asymetrique with the central lug, if it were a full set and the condition was mint.

There are definitely a few interesting variations out there like ones with "Exploding numbers," and I'm sure there are vintage ones that people have yet to discover. We just have to wait to see them pop up on a website for a vintage dealer or auction house website.

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I’m not familiar with that reference either, but must admit that I’m a sucker for scientific / sector dials. The fact that it actually says “scientific” is crazy to me.

Is it even close to a modern size? Possibly a re-dial?
I think original. Website says porcelain. 30mm. http://www.dazzling.co.jp/detail/watch/antique/86/5172/1

They also had a thorough selection of military watches. Like this cool IWC. I had never seen this one before. From their website (as was the Rolex pic):

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The shop is definitely worth of visit if you find yourself in Tokyo. I cannot comment on prices since I don’t know the vintage market at all. But awesome selection. And they had a watchmaker on site. Not sure if they would ship overseas.
 

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I prefer the Vacheron Constantin "Prestige de la France" version of asymmetric.
Asymmetric watches are a love it or hate it thing. I really like them. Each of the "Big Three offered asymmetric watches at different times PP in the 1950s with the Gilbert Albert models and then more recently with the 5489, AP in the 60s, and then VC in the 70's. I like the "Prestige de la Franc" also known as the "1972," although it would look a bit cleaner without the raised bezel. I have the revised more modern version of that from 2006, which is not quite as rounded.
 

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^^Cool watch...I've never seen one in the metal but they always look appealing in photos. Definitely a good size for you.^^


Re: the BlancpaiN / Hodinkee collab, again for me it's a near-miss. I'd prefer it around 40-41 mm personally (more of my diver sweet spot). And although the ceramic is nice, I would have liked to see a lumed, sapphire bezel on it.

Of course they didn't ask me, and of course they will sell out within the hour (price at least seems "fair" if that's even the right word for this current market). But hey, obviously YMMV, and shout-out to anyone that snags this piece. Looking forward to real live wrist shots in the future regardless :colgate:
 

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Re: the BlancpaiN / Hodinkee collab, again for me it's a near-miss. I'd prefer it around 40-41 mm personally (more of my diver sweet spot). And although the ceramic is nice, I would have liked to see a lumed, sapphire bezel on it.

Of course they didn't ask me, and of course they will sell out within the hour (price at least seems "fair" if that's even the right word for this current market). But hey, obviously YMMV, and shout-out to anyone that snags this piece. Looking forward to real live wrist shots in the future regardless :colgate:
I like that it doesn't have a date window, and I like the hands on it. However, there are elements of other Fifty Fathoms models (dials & bezels) I like more. In addition, its just always one of the brands that when I've tried them in the past, I always feel like there is something else I would rather buy for that kind of money. Still congrats to those who fall in love with and pull the trigger on one!
 

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I would have preferred something along the lines of the FF Barakuda, but w/o the date and the garish branding on the side.

I also like the version with the moisture indicator on the dial.
 

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The 38mm Bathyscape has always had weird proportions. It could work if the bezel was thinner and the dial was wider but it feels a bit like a toy on the wrist with too small a dial. A 40mm version with the same bezel thickness would work as well, but that's out of the scope of this project.
 

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It's already being flipped for almost double. :redface:
 

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The 38mm Bathyscape has always had weird proportions. It could work if the bezel was thinner and the dial was wider but it feels a bit like a toy on the wrist with too small a dial. A 40mm version with the same bezel thickness would work as well, but that's out of the scope of this project.
Speaking of that bezel, I'm amazed that a company of Blancpain's pretensions would continue to use bold Arial for the numbering; even the crappy microbrands seem to be figuring out how cheap and nasty the look is.

A design blunder that obvious just bleats out "DERP!" every time you look at it.
 

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Speaking of that bezel, I'm amazed that a company of Blancpain's pretensions would continue to use bold Arial for the numbering; even the crappy microbrands seem to be figuring out how cheap and nasty the look is.

A design blunder that obvious just bleats out "DERP!" every time you look at it.
I feel ambivalent about Hodinkee at times. I equivocate between loving what they do as a website and thinking they are fleecing their readers. But when it comes to their collaborations, I think credit is due when the price of the limited edition is usually only marginally more than the standard edition. That means Hodinkee works within the available tooling of a brand and produces a version that purists will love. In this case the bezel looks to me like the standard bezel but in grey. Not sure if the material is different but I think it is using the Omega liquid metal material which is from Swatch so same family. I don’t own one of their collaborations and never will because I find the idea of a blog-branded piece off-putting but I appreciate what they do. As do many others obviously (especially speculators).
 

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