Tudor claims that the impetus to the creation of this Pelagos LHD was in honour of some models they created in the 1970s for left handed sailors at the French Navy. As somebody who is left-handed (and dives), I’ve never really considered taking an automated watch off to wind once in a while a major deal, but it is a good point to get watches out there with crowns on both sides of the situation. I state this to suggest that the left-handed position of the crown on the case does not have any functional value for me personally, but simply makes the watch somewhat more unique among other Pelagos models — offering valuable character that us watch nerds so very much like in the watches we love.Another decorative touch on the LHD that I really love is that the reddish “Pelagos” text onto the dial. This is actually ironic since I recently criticized Rolex for doing the exact same thing about the new Sea-Dweller 126600. I find that the red text to be a bit more distracting on the Sea-Dweller, and I also felt it was too much of a direct nod into some vintage Sea-Dweller that’s valuable now merely because it is not as common. The 43mm broad Sea-Dweller is a cool watch for sure, but it does not actually innovate — not as much as the Pelagos. So that the red text on the Pelagos isn’t simply a bit more aesthetically attractive in my view, but also feels like a obvious nod to the past and does not seem to attempt to specify the opinion as far in the Pelagos since it does the brand new Sea-Dweller. Again, it would not prevent me from really enjoying the Sea-Dweller, however when it comes to $10,000 and luxury watches, we’re entitled to be extremely picky.What also captured my attention with the Pelagos LHD is your beige-colored hour markers, bezel markers, and hands. The cursory appearance is a bit easier on the eyes than the stark white of the normal Pelagos models, but retains an superb degree of comparison with the matte black dial — which makes for really good legibility. More so, the blend of black, white, titanium grey, and beige colours, in my opinion, works together quite well.The dial of this Pelagos is where you can make the maximum differentiation points between it and a Rolex Submariner. The Pelagos dial is extremely helpful, very legible, and also excellently made for visibility for a dive watch. The more one uses a Pelagos, the longer I believe one comes to appreciate the utility of the dial in many different reading and lighting surroundings.
Look in some classic dive watches from Tudor Watches Tokyo Replica and you’re going to find where the “snowflake” hour and marker designs come from. This was from largely the 1970s, I believe, when Tudor was trying to take Rolex’s signature dive watch dial design and modify it a bit so there was less “model confusion” Now watches such as the Tudor Heritage Black Bay as well as the Pelagos prominently feature the block snowflake-style hour hand, and accompanying dial layout elements.Other case design components are borrowed from classic Tudor layouts, but mostly in cosmetic ways. I state it to clarify that Tudor was not held back by the necessity to pay homage to its history when growing the Pelagos. Rather, when they needed to figure out things like the design of the lugs, crown guards, hour mark, etc., they pulled in their own history. All these arguably decorative components (that can be designed in a ton of ways) would be the epidermis on a really contemporary and strong tool watch.The original Pelagos watches had a limited lifespan since just a couple of decades later Tudor decided to substitute the Korean ETA-sourced automatic movements with those made in-house by Tudor. In 2015, aBlogtoWatch analyzed the Tudor Pelagos 25600 TB view in blue, which sported the in-house made caliber MT5612 automated movement. In addition to this new motion, the case was made a bit thicker, as well as the dial text shifted a bit. Most left-handed watches are in fact not worn to the ideal hand, but instead on the left hand (as right-handed watches are) because people either like the look of the crown facing the direction, or because it increases wearing comfort as the crown is not in a position to dig into your wrist.
Conceived a slightly more formal and perhaps more feminine sports watch, the Black Bay 36 (ref. 79500) is also the new entry-level historical remake from Tudor. A modest 36 mm in diameter, the Black Bay 36 is a smallish watch that has the look of the Black Bay, Tudor’s retro style dive watch, but not quite.
While the dial and snowflake hands are familiar, the dial is glossy instead of matte and flat instead of domed. And the bezel is smooth and flat. The result is a watch that is slightly less sporty, and suitable for ladies as well.
The Black Bay 36 (ref. 79500) is stainless steel and equipped with an automatic ETA 2824. It’s available with a steel bracelet or leather strap, starting at SFr2400 including Swiss taxes.