Deconstructing Tudor's Pelagos
Tudor is a brand familiar with purpose-built timepieces; just as the North Flag aided James Bowthorpe’s sub-zero expedition, the esteemed Pelagos can withstand even the murkiest ocean depths. The Watch Gallery dives under to investigate.
Harked as ‘the return of the tool watch’, the Pelagos keeps things practical; what’s the point in a 500m dive watch with all the trimmings if it can’t perform the function in question? Style over substance is a common phrase, and one which Tudor does well to avoid. The case and bracelet are constructed using Grade 2 titanium (really, really, really tough stuff in layman’s terms) offering the same strength of steel but less than half the weight: a horological Manny Pacquiáo, if you will. Furthermore, an almost gun-metal dark grey finish is typical of the same substance and adds a further hard-wearing element – the Pelagos maintains absolute functionality but acquires a sharp finish using such techniques.
This sort of finish also has a dual purpose. The Pelagos doesn’t reflect light, reducing the risk of underwater glinting; this may sound like the perfect tool if you’re an MI5 agent on a covert aquatic mission, but it’s a real issue that can affect the quality and timekeeping of a dive as does Tudor’s new COSC certified In House Manufacture movement.
The finer details also include an automatic helium escape valve and an ingenious bracelet mechanism which expands and contracts to counter the effects of pressure on a diver wetsuit – a nifty inclusion that speaks volumes about Tudor’s craftsmanship.
The Pelagos is also incredibly heat resistant; whilst we would never recommend leaving your treasured watch out in the sun unattended all day, you won’t get a burn akin to bare feet on Costa del Sol concrete. Fun fact, titanium does not absorb much heat and the application of this material is beneficial to all areas of the Pelagos.
These things alone make the piece a feat of sound engineering, and this notion goes further with the unidirectional ceramic bezel. Fully rotatable, a deeper notch under the triangle allows it to click at the 12 o’clock position with ease (the usual place your bezels stays at most times) and this makes it far easier to adjust with dive gloves. The luminescent material used extends to the index and hands for a cool blue glow in the dark – a strategic choice as blue is the last colour the human eye can see at depth but also as the blue light frequency lasts longer when charged with light.
There’s no doubt that the market is awash with dive watches – what makes the Pelagos so special? It’s the small things that make the difference and the fact Tudor hasn’t strayed from their target wearer – the divers themselves. And we’re told it’s a piece currently used by special units of international armed forces; if it’s good enough for the squaddies, it’s good enough for us.