Whether you prefer to spend the day at the beach, on the surfboard, or 200 meters below the water’s surface, Tudor Pelagos is an excellent choice. Since its launch in 2012, it has come out in several exciting models, such as FXD and LHD.
The Rolex subsidiary Tudor is known for its affordable watch collections with diver watches such as the Black Bay and Pelagos. The watch manufacturer Tudor began cooperating with the French Navy (Marine Nationale) as early as 1956 and continued to supply the Navy with diving watches throughout the 80s. In the 2010s, Tudor revived the collaboration with the French Navy, and the result was the watch we will discuss here.
Tudor Pelagos ー A Successful Collaboration
The Pelagos diving watch was introduced in 2012 as an impressive example of a professional watch. It is one of the most innovative mechanical diver’s watches available today. The clock, ref. M25600tb-0001, is waterproof to a depth of 500 meters and has hands and numbers that glow in the dark. Keeping track of time has never been more critical than when you are underwater with limited access to oxygen.
Pelagos’ case (42mm) is made of titanium, and in the watch, you will find one of the most robust movements, MT5612 (COSC). The wristwatch has a power reserve of 70 hours and a bezel that can be rotated to count down from one hour. All Tudor Pelagos watches have a helium valve that allows the extreme pressure from the ocean’s depths to leave the watch if the pressure inside the watch becomes greater than outside.
Another finesse of Tudor’s diver’s watch is that it has a patented auto-adjusting buckle that allows the bracelet to be adjusted during the dive ー tighten the bracelet when the pressure is high and loosen the bracelet on the way out of the big blue.
Pelagos Lhd ー The Clock For 10 Percent Of The Population
About 10 percent of the world’s population is left-handed, yet there are few watches for left-handed people. When Tudor released the Pelagos LHD ー left-hand drive ー 1 in 10 had reason to cheer. The watch, ref. M25610tnl-0001, is to be worn on the right hand, and unlike other watches, the crown is placed at the number nine on the dial to make it easier to use for left-handed watch wearers.
The LHD has a case (42mm) in titanium and steel, a rotatable bezel to count down from 60 minutes, robust movement, MT5612-LHD (COSC), and a 70-hour power reserve. The watch is waterproof down to 500 meters, and an extra bracelet is included here too.
Tudor Pelagos Fxd ー Deepen Cooperation With Navy
Tudor’s latest addition to the Pelagos collection, the FXD, is a deeper collaboration with the French Navy. The watch, ref. M25707b/22-0001, is developed to be used by professional attack divers and differs from the previous model in several ways. First, it is water resistant to a depth of 200 meters, has an MT5602 movement (the same movement used in Black Bay watches), and is made from a single piece of titanium to ensure no weaknesses.
The FXD is equipped with a bi-directional rotating bezel that allows underwater navigation in stages. The watch is designed to give you a good grip on the ring, whether you have numb fingers after long dives or are wearing diving gloves.
The FXD also differs from the other models in one essential point ー the bracelet. The bracelet is made in Navy blue woven fabric by the family business in the St-Etienne region that makes bracelets for the French Navy. The watch’s bracelet is comfortable and can easily adjust to your wrist size. An additional rubber bracelet with a titanium buckle is also sent.
The Difference Between Pelagos And Fxd
Did you find it challenging to keep up with the differences between the models from the Tudor Pelagos collection? Here is a summary:
- waterproof to a depth of 500 meters
- MT5612 movement
- bracelet in titanium
- rotatable bezel.
- waterproof to a depth of 200 meters
- MT5602 movement
- bracelet in fabric
- bi-directional rotating bezel.