Even if you are not a dive enthusiast, you’ll most like still love the new Tudor 39mm Pelagos watch. It’s got everything going for it, including a perfect case size for any wrist, top-notch movement and materials and great looks. Like other Tudor Pelagos watches, which are designed for diving (some versions are even fitted with helium escape valves for saturation diving), this new version certainly can go in the water with its wearer but bridges the gap between water and on land – making it highly wearable and versatile.
Tudor, the younger sibling of Rolex, was founded by Rolex founder Hans Wilsdorf in 1926. The brand quickly became popular in Europe and has been operating uninterrupted since its founding. Originally, the brand bought its movement parts from Rolex, but recently it has begun its own movement production. Owned by Rolex and backed by the big brand’s funding, Tudor can invest great sums in research and development to achieve top-notch functions and top-quality materials.
The brand has a rich past with water resistant and dive watches and actually launched the first Pelagos watch exactly a decade ago in 2012. Named “Pelagos” --derived from the Greek word for open Sea – this high functioning sport watch is generally a great starting point for new collections thanks to its lineage and value proposition.
The new Tudor 39 Pelagos watch meets all of the ISO standards for dive watches, including being water resistant to 200 meters (660 feet), but also boasts some aesthetic features in addition to great functions. Measuring 39mm in diameter, the urban chic timepiece is crafted of grade 2 titanium, making it incredibly light in weight yet highly durable and resistant to scratches. The watch also boasts luminescent ceramic-composite monobloc hour markers for easy underwater – or in the dark – reading.
For those who want to dive right in, the watch is sold on a titanium bracelet with a rapid adjustment system (T-Fit) for the clasp and a diver’s extension to fit over wetsuits. It comes with a complementary interchangeable (without needing tools) black rubber strap (with a rubber extension piece). The bezel is finished in sunray sunray satin with a ceramic insert with X1 Swiss Super-LumiNova® luminous materials for reading the graduated dive scale markings. The watch also is equipped with a center stop-seconds features for absolute precise setting of the time.
As to the sophisticated aspects, the watch case is satin-brushed and complemented with a sunray satin finished dial for depth and dimension. It should be noted that finishing titanium in a satin brush is no easy feat because of the material’s hardness. Still, Tudor insisted. Even the titanium bracelet is satin brushed. With regard to the black sunray dial, it is complemented with Tudor’s famed “Snowflake” hands, a hallmark of the brand’s dive watches since 1969. The crown is etched in relief with the immediately identifiable Tudor shield.
As with all Pelagos watches, this 39mm version is powered by the Manufacture Caliber MT5400, which is also a COSC-certified Chronometer – attesting to the fact that it underwent a variety of tests and passed the strict codes of excellence with flying colors. In fact, the Tudor Pelagos exceeds the expectations of COSC (-4 to +6) seconds of variation a day by two seconds – ensuring an average variation daily of just between -2 and +4. The movement is equipped with a silicon hairspring that reduces friction and offers better wear and tear. It also offers 70 hours of power reserve. It is backed by Tudor’s five-year transferable guarantee that does not require periodic maintenance checks.
History of the Pelagos or note that the name of this collection is inspired by the Greek word for Sea? There's lots of great technological info but there are also many Tudor buyers who are "newer" watch collectors so the technical may not be as important to them as much as some "fun facts" or some interesting history they can relate to or share with their buddies. Thoughts?