In my opinion, the Pelagos is the watch that will acquire real divers and real tool watch enthusiasts excited about Tudor Watch 92413 Replica again. I believe it will appeal to a completely different set of buyers in relation to the Black Bay, and that’s what is so great about Tudor’s 2012 dip watch offerings – there is something for everyone. Additionally, Tudor has taken on the position of nearly the “anti-Rolex,” in that it give you a lot of the exact same appeal, such as history and aesthetics, without actually wearing a Rolex. To some folks, that is a fantastic thing.And now for the bad thing. The Pelagos, and in reality the entire Tudor line isn’t currently sold in the USA. As I mentioned previously, it has been this way since the early 2000s when the brand wasn’t nearly as powerful as it is now. Personally, I feel that this is ripe to change, but there’s little word on when that might occur. Therefore, if you want one of those watches, you are going to have to work for it (unless you’re based outside the US, in which case you can just walk down to a local authorized dealer). Should any of the change, you can guarantee we’ll be the first to let you know.In summary, I adored the Tudor Pelagos. In addition, I love the Black Bay and hope to review it soon. I feel these two watches, and the Heritage Chrono, are exceptionally cool watches for men that have some appreciation for the fantastic sport watches of the 20th century – especially these prices. I’ll, after reviewing the Black Bay, probably buy a Tudor dive watch as my summertime watch. I will be sure to chime back if I make that choice to allow you to know.
Short for “left-hand drive”, the Pelagos LHD (ref. 25610TNL) is the destro version of Tudor’s top of the line, 500m dive watch that’s also enjoy a vintage-inspired facelift. And the new Pelagos costs the same the the ordinary Pelagos.
In the 1970s Tudor Watches Trafford Centre Replica famously supplied dive watches to the France’s Marine Nationale. Nearly all these “snowflake” Submariners (the refs. 9401 and 9411) supplied to the French navy were conventional watches with the crowns on the right of the case. But a few were customised for left-handed divers with the crown on the opposite side, with the watch meant to the worn on the right wrist.
Those left-handed military issue Submariners are the basis for the Pelagos LHD. To accommodate the new crown position, the movement had to be modified, resulting in the MT5612-LHD.
Based on the MT5612 inside the ordinary Pelagos, the new calibre has the crown on the left while the date remains at three o’clock. Those features aside, the LHD movement is otherwise identical, a COSC-certified automatic with a 70-hour power reserve and silicon hairspring.
The Pelagos LHD (left) next to the ordinary model
Besides the crown, the new Pelagos includes notable tweaks inspired by vintage Tudor (and Rolex) watches. The luminecsent Super-Luminova on the dial, hands and bezel is beige for a retro look, mimicking the look of aged tritium found on vintage dive watches.
And “Pelagos” on the dial is in red, a detail take from vintage dive watches (Red Sub anyone?). Similarly, the even-numbered days of the month on the date disc are red, while the odd days are in black, a “roulette” date wheel in vintage watch parlance.
And most unusually, the Pelagos is numbered sequentially on the case back with extra-large serial numbers specific to this model. While not a limited edition, the Pelagos LHD is the first Tudor so numbered. Historically all Tudor watches were numbered across the brand’s entire production with the same series of numbers, regardless of the model.
That aside the Pelagos LHD is identical to the conventional model. So the case is titanium, 42mm in diameter, with a helium escape valve at nine o’clock. The bezel is also titanium, with a black ceramic insert. And the titanium bracelet features Tudor’s patented diving extension clasp that automatically adjusts as the wearer descends deeper into the water.
The styling of the new Pelagos brings it closer to the Black Bay, Tudor’s bestselling dive watch. That might imply that the modern look of the original Pelagos does not sell as well as the heavily retro styling of the Black Bay, and that the Pelagos LHD is a response to demand.
Price and availability
Packaged with both the titanium bracelet and a rubber strap, the Pelagos LHD (ref. 25610TNL) is available starting November 18 at Tudor retailers. The price is US$4400 or S$6048, which is the same as the ordinary Pelagos.