The history of the TUDOR divers’ watch is closely tied to its intensive use by professionals in underwater work, particularly by major navies throughout the world. The brand’s submersible products are genuine tools, which have evolved over the years to take into account the comments of these intensive users. When the Pelagos model was developed, it was with this heritage in mind and based on numerous tests carried out in real conditions all over the world – particularly on Lake Geneva, close to the TUDOR headquarters – that its characteristics specific to extreme diving were established.
TUDOR Pelagos is watch with specific characteristics for extreme diving.
Named LHD for Left Hand Drive, the Pelagos for left-handed divers features a winding stem positioned to the left of the case, so that the watch can be worn on the right wrist. In a nod to its past, the TUDOR Pelagos evokes the brand’s history of dive watches designed specifically for left-handed professional divers. During the 1970s, the French Navy commissioned bespoke models for its left-handed divers.
In addition to the LHD version of the watch, the Pelagos model was also developed for right-handers.
Named LHD for Left Hand Drive, the Pelagos for left-handed divers is designed so that it can be worn on the right wrist.
The hands of the Pelagos, particularly the hour hand with its characteristic square tip, allow the wearer to distinguish it from the minute hand, at a glance. Known in collectors’ circles as “Snowflake”, this feature is emblematic of TUDOR divers’ watches from 1969 onwards.
TUDOR Pelagos has characteristic angular hands, known as “Snowflake”.
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 generously-sized 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. 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.
The ceramic disc of the titanium unidirectional rotating bezel features luminous markers that allow for all information to be read even in extreme conditions of low visibility.
The Pelagos 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, contracting when the combination is compressed at greater depths, and expanding when the pressure decreases again during the diver’s return to the surface. An additional rubber strap is also provided, equipped with an extension system that makes it easily adjustable for all diving conditions.
Additional rubber strap with buckle and extra extension piece supplied with TUDOR Pelagos watch.
TUDOR Pelagos Ref. 25600TN has substantial waterproofness, guaranteed to a depth of 500 metres and is equipped with a helium escape valve, an essential device for preserving the watch during so-called “saturation” dives. This technique consists of saturating divers’ organisms with a gaseous blend of helium and oxygen, allowing them to alternate periods of undersea activity with rest periods in the chamber, and therefore avoid very long decompression phases for the entire duration of their mission. As the helium atom is the smallest gas particle in existence, after a certain amount of time it is able to penetrate the interior of the watch despite its waterproofness. The helium escape valve therefore allows the gas to escape freely from the watch without damaging it during the long decompression stage in the chamber at the end of the mission. The helium escape valve accounts for this overpressure, and therefore any watch damage is avoided.
The TUDOR Pelagos is guaranteed to a depth of 500 metres and is equipped with a helium escape valve.
The Pelagos is powered with the new TUDOR Manufacture calibre MT5612 movement, providing impressive autonomy. Its power reserve of approximately 70 hours means that its wearer can, for example, take off the watch on Friday evening and put it on again on Monday morning without having to wind it. In addition to the hour, minute and central second functions, it provides an instant date display visible through an aperture positioned at 3 o’clock.
Calibre MT5612 offers a power reserve of approximately 70 hours.
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. In this spirit, and always with an experimental dimension in terms of materials and innovation, the technological cornerstone that forms the sporty lines of North Flag, Pelagos and Fastrider presents a shared aesthetic language, the most representative feature of which is the entirely matt finish. Brushed middle cases, sandblasted details, matt colours: this choice provides a reading of the object through contrasting volumes rather than through plays of light. This is the language of plastic as opposed to a decorative approach, whose desired effect is the reinforcement of the functional and technological feel.