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Tudor Pelagos

by Philip Kaspar
17 April, 2012
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Philip is widely travelled and has worked as a freelance journalist covering several topics including fashion, travel and watches. He also spent five years in the heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry in La Chaux de Fonds. Philip reports on all the latest watch news and is our WatchCrime reporter.

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This could be a case of Rolex junior beating Rolex senior. The Tudor Pelagos is a new take on may look rather like a Submariner, but then being part of the Rolex family, it’s allowed to, and besides, it’s actually much more than that.

The Pelagos is waterproof to a depth of 500 metres (1640 feet), and is a fusion of technology and innovation. Its sporting good looks and reliability is sure to impress those who are passionate about both the brand and the pursuit of diving.

The entire 42mm case and bracelet are satin-finished titanium, and the bezel is ceramic. There are design cues from Tudors of the past including snowflake hands and pointed crown guards.

Tudor Pelagos dial

The case is equipped with a helium escape valve on the side of the straight-edged case. It is enhanced by a unidirectional rotatable bezel, with a matt black ceramic disc and luminescent numerals. The lume is expertly applied to the snowflake hands and hour markers for optimal visibility even in extreme conditions.

The dial features a double-bevelled flange around it that incorporates the triangular, rectangular or square hour marker appliques. It’s further distinguished by its titanium bracelet with a folding steel clasp fitted with a unique spring-loaded self-adjusting mechanism developed and patented by Tudor.

Thanks to this technically accomplished system, the bracelet adjusts during diving, automatically contracting in deep water when the diving suit is compressed and its volume is reduced, and, conversely, it expands as the pressure eases during the ascent. This is based on the fact that the deeper you dive the thinner your wrist becomes due to compression. The clasp also offers a three fine adjustment points for the best fit possible. Pelagos is a cool and clever new introduction from Tudor.

Specifications

Ref: 25500TN
42 mm titanium and steel case, satin finish
Helium escape valve
Unidirectional rotatable bezel in titanium with black ceramic disc
Self-winding mechanical movement
Power reserve of approximately 38 hours
Screw-down steel winding crown with the TUDOR logo
Sapphire crystal
Waterproof to 500 m (1640 ft)
Titanium bracelet with folding clasp, safety catch and bracelet extension system
Additional rubber strap with buckle and extra extension piece

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Philip is widely travelled and has worked as a freelance journalist covering several topics including fashion, travel and watches. He also spent five years in the heart of the Swiss watchmaking industry in La Chaux de Fonds. Philip reports on all the latest watch news and is our WatchCrime reporter.

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