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Neo-vintage
Dress

2000s Blancpain Ultra-Thin Chronometer

Ref.
7002-1127-55
6400
Diameter
36 mm
Condition
Excellent
Box/Papers
None

A Chronometer with an enchanting white dial, an ultra-thin case, and the Blancpain 64-1 hand-wound movement.

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Overview

In 1981, Jean-Claude Biver and Jacques Piguet purchased Blancpain and paved the way for a revival that re-established the brand as a powerhouse in traditional Swiss mechanical watch-making. As a direct response to the Quartz Crisis, Biver and Piguet famously centered their efforts around the slogan: "Since 1735 there has never been a quartz Blancpain watch. And there never will be.” Indeed, much of the 11 years of their leadership was spent developing the company’s “six masterpieces”, a collection of classically designed watches that focused on discrete sizes and high complications. The move proved to be a massive success and in 1992 Blancpain was sold to the SMH Group (now the Swatch Group) for nearly 3,000 times what the two had originally paid.

Shortly after the sale, Blancpain’s new leadership crafted the next evolution of its traditional watch-making with the sportier and slightly larger Léman line in 1994, as well as a limited production series in the early 2000s that sat somewhere in the middle. The latter was none other than the now revered 7002. These were 36mm ultra-thin watches, primarily encased in stainless steel, with a variety of dials, and specially fitted with the company’s only C.O.S.C certified movement at the time. Much has been written by Walt Odet and others about the finishing and quality of the hand-wound caliber 64-1, which is based on the Peseux 7001.

It is estimated that fewer than 1,000 pieces of this Blancpain model were ever created. Time-only examples in black and white with Breguet-style Roman numerals seem to be the most sought after, and yet the market hasn’t quite caught up to just how special these watches are. With a seamless blending of dress and sport, the 7002 in all its variations represents an incredible value proposition and is the perfect entry into neo-vintage Blancpain where movement quality and attention to detail were very much the center of their offerings.

Specifications

Brand:

Blancpain

Model:

Ultra-Thin Chronometer

Reference:

7002-1127-55

Year:

2000s

Case Number:

No. 661

Case Material:

Stainless steel

Diameter:

36 mm

Lug Width:

19 mm

Thickness:

7.0 mm

Lug-to-Lug:

40.8 mm

Dial:

White

Lume:

Super-LumiNova

Crystal:

Sapphire

Movement:

Hand-wound

Caliber:

Blancpain 64-1

Bracelet/Strap:

Blancpain tan alligator strap with tang buckle

Max Wrist Size:

Hand model has a wrist size of 6.2 in

Condition

UNWORN: Case is pristine with no signs of use. Original stickers may still be present. Dial, hands, and lume have no imperfections and may show natural, even aging.

MINT: Case has only a few superficial hairlines. Lugs are thick, full, and sharp with superb finishing. Dial, hands, and lume may have micro imperfections visible only with a loupe.

EXCELLENT: Case has very light scratches or nicks. Lugs are thick, full, and well-defined. Dial and hands may have imperfections visible upon close inspection. Lume is fully intact and may show slight discoloration.

VERY GOOD: Case may have a few moderate scratches or nicks. Lugs are thick and full but may have softened edges. Dial and hands may have light stains or marks. Lume may have cracks or discoloration.

GOOD: Case has many scratches and nicks. Lugs may show signs of moderate polishing with worn edges. Dial and hands may have noticeable stains or marks. Lume may be damaged or show significant discoloration.

Case: The stainless steel case shows light signs of wear in the form of a couple hairlines, micro nicks, and faint scuffs, but the overall impression is very clean. The lugs are thick and well-defined at the edges. The caseback is in fantastic condition with very little wear throughout. The backs of the lugs show light signs of prior strap removal. The "steel" engraving on the back of the lug at 1 o' clock shows some fading but the brand and serial number engravings remain crisp and deep.

Dial, Hands, & Crystal: The white dial and polished hands are in pristine condition with no notable imperfections. The hands are Super-LumiNova service replacements and last longer than the hour markers when exposed to UV light. Both front and rear sapphire crystals are squeaky clean and scratch-free.

Bracelet/Strap: The Blancpain tan aligator strap is in excellent condition with minimal signs of use. The leather backing shows faint staining and creasing, but nothing major outside of that. The condition of the Blancpain-signed buckle is consistent with the rest of the case.

Movement

Timing: The watch has been measured with a timegrapher at six different positions. The rate, amplitude, and beat error are within acceptable ranges. While resting face up, the rate is -4s/d.

Functions: All functions including the crown winding and time setting are working as expected.

Service History: The watch recently underwent a full service by Blancpain that was completed on 01/29/2024.

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Blancpain Ultra-Thin Chronometer on a tan alligator strap.

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Extras

Travel case and service record from Blancpain dated January 2024.