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Blancpain Leman Flyback Big Date Limited To 100 - Box & Papers

$9,500.00

  • Reference 2885F
  • Box (Inner/Outer), Booklets, Card
  • Wire Price $9,025
Year: 2011 Model: 6595F 
Case Diameter: 40mm 
Lug to Lug: 45mm
Case: Stainless Steel 
Dial: White 
Movement: Automatic 

Condition
Rarity aside, the condition of this Blancpain is as you would expect. A well-preserved Blancpain with a true complete set.  The bracelet comes full-sized with all the links. The case is nice and clean with an open caseback and number 21 out of 100. The stark white dial is nice and clean with silver hour markers.

The Leman series, a significant watch family, began with the introduction of the 2100 in the mid-1990s. The series featured various 38mm timepieces, including the iconic reference 2100, which combined sports watch qualities with elegance. The 2100 was powered by the famous calibre 1150 and had 4 days or a hundred hours of power reserve. The 2185 was a new-age chronograph with a stunning ebony black dial and was available in stainless steel or precious metals. The reference 2763 was a triple calendar with moon phases, and the 2100 Time Zone was added to accommodate multiple time zones. The Flyback Quantieme Perpetuel, reference 2585F, was a perpetual calendar and flyback chronograph in a 38mm case. The last pieces of the 2100 series were the 2100 Aqua Lung, 2100 Big Date, and 2100 Big Date. The series was characterized by its modern design, high-quality components, and iconic designs.

In 2002 there was a significant transformation of Blancpain's timepiece collection. It featured a wide range of 40mm timepieces, starting with the Leman Flyback Split Second, powered by calibre F186 and produced in stainless steel only. The GMT Reveil, a joint development with Breguet, was introduced in 2002, featuring a titanium and titanium/red gold version with Aqua Lung dials. In 2011, the GMT Reveil was redesigned in precious metals to emphasize their elegant character.

The Leman Flyback Grande Date, introduced in 2005, was a success, offering two different dial layouts and a large date. The Quantieme Complet, introduced in 2011, featured under-lug correctors for calendar functions, making setting easier and more aesthetic. The series also included the Leman Double Time Zone and the Leman Flyback Chronographe Quantieme Perpetuel.

Despite its success, the Leman series faced competition from modern designs and larger watches during a dynamic period. The L'Evolution series, developed in the 2010s, eventually took off the Blancpain catalog and website in late 2018/early 2019, but did not fill the shoes of the Leman and was discontinued in early 2019.

The Leman series' failure to survive can be attributed to internal competition, the trend to larger watches in the 2000s, and L'Evolution's failure to be a well-received successor. While L'Evolution was better in every aspect, the Leman line continues to exist, and those who miss it can still find most models in the secondary market.


The Blancpain brand, established in 1735 by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain, is the oldest watch brand in existence. However, it experienced significant changes during the 20th century. In 1932, the company was sold to Betty Fiechter and André Léal, leading to the creation of the Rayville brand. In 1962, Blancpain became part of SSIH (Sociéte Suisse pour l’Industrie Horlogère), joining Lemania, Omega, and Tissot. During this period, the company produced significant volumes of watches, with annual sales reaching 220,000 units in 1971. 

Fréderic Piguet, a prominent movement manufacturer located in the Vallée de Joux, acquired the brand name Rayville-Blancpain from SSIH in 1982. The following year, Blancpain was established as a separate company under the direction of Jacques Piguet. The company entered a frenetic period of innovation, releasing numerous models that embraced the regional prowess for crafting ultra-thin and complicated watches.

In 1992, Jacques Piguet decided to sell both Fréderic Piguet and Blancpain, which were later acquired by SMH, the company that would ultimately become Swatch Group. Today, Blancpain continues to have its production facilities within the Vallée de Joux, both in Le Brassus and nearby Le Sentier.

The iconic Fifty Fathoms collection stands out among Blancpain's collections, including Le Brassus, Léman, L-evolution, and Villeret. The Fifty Fathoms, a diver's watch, was launched in 1953, the same year the Rolex Submariner was released. The original model was equipped with a stainless steel case and domed crystal, capable of withstanding depths of at least 50 fathoms (91 meters). A self-winding movement was included to mitigate the need to use the crown for winding, and a soft-iron core shrouded the movement to protect the inner workings against damage or unwanted influence from magnetic fields.

Blancpain has extended the collection to appeal to a broader audience who appreciate the model's robust design. The range now includes a flyback chronograph and even a tourbillon. In 2011, Blancpain revealed the X Fathoms, equipped with a mechanical depth gauge using liquid metal technology. Most recently, the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe watches were released, which are smaller in stature but no less alluring.

Blancpain is a historical name in the field of haute horlogerie, offering a diverse range of timepieces with peerless finishing and a myriad of complications.

Blancpain Leman Flyback Big Date Limited To 100 - Box & Papers

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  • Reference 2885F
  • Box (Inner/Outer), Booklets, Card
  • Wire Price $9,025
Year: 2011 Model: 6595F 
Case Diameter: 40mm 
Lug to Lug: 45mm
Case: Stainless Steel 
Dial: White 
Movement: Automatic 

Condition
Rarity aside, the condition of this Blancpain is as you would expect. A well-preserved Blancpain with a true complete set.  The bracelet comes full-sized with all the links. The case is nice and clean with an open caseback and number 21 out of 100. The stark white dial is nice and clean with silver hour markers.

The Leman series, a significant watch family, began with the introduction of the 2100 in the mid-1990s. The series featured various 38mm timepieces, including the iconic reference 2100, which combined sports watch qualities with elegance. The 2100 was powered by the famous calibre 1150 and had 4 days or a hundred hours of power reserve. The 2185 was a new-age chronograph with a stunning ebony black dial and was available in stainless steel or precious metals. The reference 2763 was a triple calendar with moon phases, and the 2100 Time Zone was added to accommodate multiple time zones. The Flyback Quantieme Perpetuel, reference 2585F, was a perpetual calendar and flyback chronograph in a 38mm case. The last pieces of the 2100 series were the 2100 Aqua Lung, 2100 Big Date, and 2100 Big Date. The series was characterized by its modern design, high-quality components, and iconic designs.

In 2002 there was a significant transformation of Blancpain's timepiece collection. It featured a wide range of 40mm timepieces, starting with the Leman Flyback Split Second, powered by calibre F186 and produced in stainless steel only. The GMT Reveil, a joint development with Breguet, was introduced in 2002, featuring a titanium and titanium/red gold version with Aqua Lung dials. In 2011, the GMT Reveil was redesigned in precious metals to emphasize their elegant character.

The Leman Flyback Grande Date, introduced in 2005, was a success, offering two different dial layouts and a large date. The Quantieme Complet, introduced in 2011, featured under-lug correctors for calendar functions, making setting easier and more aesthetic. The series also included the Leman Double Time Zone and the Leman Flyback Chronographe Quantieme Perpetuel.

Despite its success, the Leman series faced competition from modern designs and larger watches during a dynamic period. The L'Evolution series, developed in the 2010s, eventually took off the Blancpain catalog and website in late 2018/early 2019, but did not fill the shoes of the Leman and was discontinued in early 2019.

The Leman series' failure to survive can be attributed to internal competition, the trend to larger watches in the 2000s, and L'Evolution's failure to be a well-received successor. While L'Evolution was better in every aspect, the Leman line continues to exist, and those who miss it can still find most models in the secondary market.


The Blancpain brand, established in 1735 by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain, is the oldest watch brand in existence. However, it experienced significant changes during the 20th century. In 1932, the company was sold to Betty Fiechter and André Léal, leading to the creation of the Rayville brand. In 1962, Blancpain became part of SSIH (Sociéte Suisse pour l’Industrie Horlogère), joining Lemania, Omega, and Tissot. During this period, the company produced significant volumes of watches, with annual sales reaching 220,000 units in 1971. 

Fréderic Piguet, a prominent movement manufacturer located in the Vallée de Joux, acquired the brand name Rayville-Blancpain from SSIH in 1982. The following year, Blancpain was established as a separate company under the direction of Jacques Piguet. The company entered a frenetic period of innovation, releasing numerous models that embraced the regional prowess for crafting ultra-thin and complicated watches.

In 1992, Jacques Piguet decided to sell both Fréderic Piguet and Blancpain, which were later acquired by SMH, the company that would ultimately become Swatch Group. Today, Blancpain continues to have its production facilities within the Vallée de Joux, both in Le Brassus and nearby Le Sentier.

The iconic Fifty Fathoms collection stands out among Blancpain's collections, including Le Brassus, Léman, L-evolution, and Villeret. The Fifty Fathoms, a diver's watch, was launched in 1953, the same year the Rolex Submariner was released. The original model was equipped with a stainless steel case and domed crystal, capable of withstanding depths of at least 50 fathoms (91 meters). A self-winding movement was included to mitigate the need to use the crown for winding, and a soft-iron core shrouded the movement to protect the inner workings against damage or unwanted influence from magnetic fields.

Blancpain has extended the collection to appeal to a broader audience who appreciate the model's robust design. The range now includes a flyback chronograph and even a tourbillon. In 2011, Blancpain revealed the X Fathoms, equipped with a mechanical depth gauge using liquid metal technology. Most recently, the Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe watches were released, which are smaller in stature but no less alluring.

Blancpain is a historical name in the field of haute horlogerie, offering a diverse range of timepieces with peerless finishing and a myriad of complications.