A magnificent example of a tool watch and the symbol of a lifestyle made up of aquatic adventures, TUDOR Pelagos is one of the most complete traditional mechanical divers’ watches on the market.
In 2015, this emblematic model has been updated with a movement manufactured by TUDOR and an additional colour combination, a reference to the most glorious period in the history of the brand’s divers’ watches.
In 2015, North Flag and Pelagos become the first TUDOR models to be fitted with movements developed and produced by the brand itself. A logical evolution of TUDOR’s development process, this introduction represents the first stage in a major industrial strategy aiming to provide greater independence to the brand founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1926.
Its self-winding system is bidirectional. And, a first for a TUDOR product, it is certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). This technical update of the TUDOR Pelagos is accompanied by the introduction of a new colour combination for the dial, bezel and rubber strap. In addition to its original matt black version, this model is now available in matt blue, the emblematic colour of the brand’s divers’ watches since the 1960s and the one chosen by the French Navy for the TUDOR Submariners that have been used in great numbers by its divers.
It presents the additional distinction “CHRONOMETER OFFICIALLY CERTIFIED” written on two lines on the dial, in reference to the chronometric certification of its movement, as well as its name: “PELAGOS”.
Another essential characteristic of a good diving instrument is its readability. Several solutions have been adopted on the Pelagos model in order to optimise this. Its dial presents generouslysized square hour markers, complete with a large quantity of luminous material, a guarantee of greater effectiveness that provides excellent contrast. The luminescence is blue, the last colour on the spectrum to be discernible at great depths. Its hands, particularly the hour hand with its characteristic square tip, allows the wearer to distinguish it from the minute hand at first glance.
Incidentally, this configuration, often known as “snowflake” in collectors’ circles, is emblematic of TUDOR divers’ watches produced from 1969 onwards. This is another way in which Pelagos fits perfectly into the brand heritage. With the same goal for optimum readability, the ceramic disc of its titanium unidirectional rotating bezel features luminous markers that allow for all information to be read even in conditions of extremely low visibility.
PATENTED AUTO-ADJUSTABLE BUCKLE
The Pelagos model also stands out with its titanium bracelet featuring a steel folding clasp with a unique auto-adjustable spring mechanism developed and patented by TUDOR. This technical system allows the bracelet to be adjusted during the dive through contraction when the combination is compressed due to water depth. In turn, there is reduction in volume, and conversely, expansion, when the pressure decreases again during the diver’s return to the surface. An additional rubber strap is also provided with an extension system making it easily adjustable for any type of diving
Finally, titanium was chosen for the external parts of the TUDOR Pelagos for its intrinsic qualities of lightness – approximately 60% of the weight of stainless steel for the same volume – and great resistance to corrosion by seawater. The highly functional matt appearance of its entirely brushed finishes, its technological overtone and its colour are also excellent ways of conveying the watch’s technological and professional design attributes.
TUDOR’S TECHNOLOGICAL CORNERSTONE
The TUDOR collection was developed according to two main cornerstones, heritage and technology. The watches it encompasses present a subtle alchemy of references to the brand’s history and modernity, masterfully measured according to the cornerstone to which they belong.