When launched in 2012, the Tudor Pelagos was a revelation. First, with its breathtaking combination of retro details like a “snowflake” hour hand and pointed crown guards contrasted by its modern titanium case, it rapidly became recognised as one of the most uniquely designed and highly appealing dive watches on the market.
Secondly, it completely redefined value in the dive watch category by packaging a watch with a host of technical innovations – titanium case, a ceramic bezel, a helium-release valve, 500 meters of water-resistance, and an expanding and contracting deployant clasp — at an accessible price point.
Thirdly, it demonstrated Tudor’s relentless pursuit of functional innovation, which is perfectly characterised by its ceramic luminous bezel.
A magnificent example of a tool watch and symbol of adventure, the Pelagos is one of the most complete traditional mechanical divers’ watches available today. Waterproof to 500 m (1,640 ft), the Pelagos is fitted with a movement manufactured in-house by TUDOR. It is now available in a new “left-handed” version.
Look at the case of the Pelagos and you will be immediately seduced by its thrilling dark case colour and strikingly appealing brushed “tool watch” surface finish. While the watch at 42mm in diameter makes a bold presence on the wrist, you’ll be surprised at how light it is.
That’s because the case, crown, bezel and bracelet assembly of the Pelagos is crafted from one of the most groundbreaking metals in the aerospace industry – titanium. Titanium is stronger than steel but only half its weight, and it is a totally non-corrosive used for medical implants.
But one issue related to titanium is that it can ignite during the milling and polishing operations, so special technologies had to be developed to enable safe construction of titanium watches. The Pelagos and the Pelagos LHD gain historic significance as the first titanium watches ever created by either Tudor or its sibling company Rolex (the Rolex DeepSea with a depth rating of 3,900m features a titanium caseback but a steel case).
Therefore, that the case of the Tudor Pelagos and its LHD version is constructed in titanium is a true testament to the high-performance intentions of this model.
Simply put, the experience of putting a Pelagos on your wrist, then living with it on a daily basis, is incredibly rewarding because of how every aspect of the watch from its dial and hand configuration to its luminous bezel to its self-adjusting deployant clasp is optimised to make it perform better than any other watch in its category.