Tudor Pelagos Watches
Encapsulating the true spirit of adventure, Tudor Pelagos watches are magnificent examples of tool timepieces. Elegant yet sporty, these functional wristwatches provide a convenient technical finesse that is especially geared towards underwater activities. If you are a fan of maritime-inspired watches, these iconic timepieces are definitely for you.
The History of Tudor Pelagos Watches
Released in 2012, Tudor Pelagos watches really impressed the luxury timepiece industry. They have the unique ability of being unmistakably Tudor in design, while also looking like something nobody has ever seen before. Although extremely lightweight, these wristwatches are a no-nonsense diving companion that is as strong as it is beautiful. Three years later, the watchmaker whipped a storm at Baselworld by unveiling a new, blue version of the Pelagos. In addition, the range was also updated with a new MT5612 calibre movement.
Then in 2016, Tudor took everyone by surprise by launching the Pelagos LHD (or Left Hand Drive). With the crown displayed on the right – thanks to turning the in-house mechanics by 180º and turning the hands 180º the other way – it also comes with a couple of interesting retouches. The first of these is the addition of urgent-red date window and ‘Pelagos’ markings, plus a so-called ‘beige’ luminescent paint to mimic the patina of vintage models.
Another interesting fact about the Tudor Pelagos LHD is the fact it was inspired by watches that were supplied to French Navy frogmen in the early 1970s. The story goes that the Navy reached out to Tudor to create a left-handed version of their Submariner diving watches, which could be worn on the user’s right wrist. This is because some divers were having to wear their timepieces upside down to make them easier to adjust.
A Reliable Workhorse
Tudor Pelagos watches are function-orientated timepieces featuring a linear design and robust technology. Boasting a water resistance of up to 500m, this exquisite collection has a helium escape valve that makes it ideal for saturation diving. Other highlights include a patented fold-over clasp on its titanium bracelet, which not only allows you to make extremely fine adjustments, but also automatically lengthens or shortens depending on the environmental pressures.
The numerals located on the watch’s dial have a light blue hue and are coated with a luminous material. The watch indices are also luminous, allowing for optimal legibility in even the most unfavourable of deepsea conditions. With all of these essential features, Tudor Pelagos watches are your ideal companions for underwater adventures.
The Perfect Modern Diving Watch
Launched without much fanfare in the same year as the first Black Bay reboot, Tudor Pelagos watches were actually designed on a blank piece of paper with a simple brief: make the perfect modern day diving watch. As you can see, the Swiss manufacturer managed to do just that.
When you inspect these iconic timepieces closely, it is almost impossible to see where Tudor could have made improvements. Aside from two minor tweaks: the upgrade to the MT5612 calibre and the introduction of a left-handed crown version, this inspiring collection of watches have remained largely untouched since their introduction in 2012. This speaks volumes of their unrivalled quality and why they are considered to be one of the most ideal diving companions.