Tudor updates their Pelagos diver watch collection with a new model in 39 mm case size.
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New: Tudor Pelagos 39
Retail price for the new Tudor Pelagos 39 is set at SGD 6,100 inclusive of GST.
The Tudor Pelagos is a strong model in the brand’s diver/tool watch lineup. We have covered numerous versions of the Tudor Pelagos as follows:
All the earlier versions are in a 42mm casse and this is the first time, Tudor is releasing the Pelagos in 39mm. The case has always been in titanium, and the watches have been available with both straps or with a matching titanium bracelet. The bracelet version has featured the 8mm fine adjustment feature as well as the 25mm wetsuit extension since 2015. The model features a titanium unidirectional rotating bezel finished in ceramic, allowing the collection to make the specifications for a diving watch. The exception is made for the FXD which has a bidirectional bezel, as it is intended for underwater navigation and and thus not certified for diving.
The new watch looks almost exactly like its larger 42mm brethren, in particular the Ref. M25600TN-0001. The difference is the ceramic insert on the Pelagos 39 has a sunray satin brushed finished, which is unique in the Pelagos lineup. Also, the Pelagos 39 does not have a date, a feature it shares with the FXD.
The movement is now the MT5400 which is a smaller version of the MT5612 used in the larger Pelagos.The movement is made by Kenissi and is shared movement used by Tudor as well as by Chanel, Breitling, and Norqain.
Prices of Tudor watches have remained largely unchanged from their introduction, even way back in 2015, the base Pelagos retailed for approx SGD 6k. The model is still in the current catalog at SGD 6,100. It is also interesting that the new Pelagos 39 is priced at the same SGD 6.1k mark.
We have requested for a photography and hands-on session with the new Pelagos 39. And will publish a detailed report on what we think may be the most desirable dive watch from Tudor.
With its new Pelagos 39 model, TUDOR offers a versatile watch at the crossroads between the world of technical diving and urban sophistication.
Featuring grade 2 titanium, luminescent ceramic composite monobloc hour markers, a rapid adjustment system for the clasp and a diver’s extension, the Pelagos 39 model combines TUDOR’s professional dive watch heritage with the versatility of a 39-millimetre case and the striking radiance of sunray satin finishes on its bezel and dial. The result is a sports watch that boasts both cutting-edge watchmaking technology and a chic aesthetic, as at ease in the city as on the shore.
- Satin-brushed case in grade 2 titanium, 39 mm in diameter, with a unidirectional rotating bezel and sunray satin finish ceramic insert with grade X1 Swiss Super-LumiNova® luminous material
- Sunray satin finish black dial with luminescent ceramic composite monobloc applied hour markers
- “Snowflake” hands, one of the hallmarks of the TUDOR divers’ watches introduced in 1969, with grade X1 Swiss Super-LumiNova® luminescent material
- Manufacture Calibre MT5400, certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), with a silicon hairspring and 70-hour power reserve
- Grade 2 titanium bracelet with TUDOR “T-fit” clasp with rapid adjustment and diver’s extension. Complimentary black rubber strap with grade 2 titanium buckle included in the box
- Five-year transferable guarantee with no registration or periodic maintenance checks required
The Pelagos 39 model joins the TUDOR family of technical divers’ watches, with a versatile, complementary design. While the Pelagos, Pelagos LHD and Pelagos FXD models perpetuate a purely technical aquatic heritage, offering functions specific to highly specialised and relatively niche professional dives, Pelagos 39 is a compact and versatile, traditional mechanical divers’ watch, with a touch of elegance created by the shine of the sunray satin finishes on its dial and the insert on the bezel.
The aesthetic balance of the Pelagos 39 model is achieved through an entirely satin-brushed case in line with this TUDOR product family. This artfully contrasts with the radiance of its bezel insert, made of black ceramic with an enhanced sunray satin finish, featuring a graduated scale in white luminous material. The diameter of the bezel slightly exceeds the middle case for maximum grip.
The applied hour markers on the dial are made of monobloc luminescent ceramic composite, a feature that enhances the technical aesthetics, whilst considerably increasing the luminous surface of the hour markers. The dial is made up of two main elements, a sunray satin finish flat disc whose subtle shine contrasts with the matt finish of the 45° conical bead-blasted flange. Last, but not least, the name Pelagos stands out in glossy cherry red at 6 o’clock, disrupting the model’s two-tone colour palette.
MANUFACTURE CALIBRE MT5400
The Pelagos 39 model is equipped with Manufacture Calibre MT5400. Its construction has been designed to ensure robustness, longevity, reliability and precision due to its variable inertia balance, which is held in place by a sturdy traversing bridge with two points of fixation. Thanks to this balance and the non-magnetic silicon balance spring, Manufacture Calibre MT5400 has been certified as a chronometer by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), with its performance going beyond the standards set by this independent institute. In fact, where COSC allows an average variation in the daily running of a watch of between -4 and +6 seconds in relation to absolute time in a single movement, TUDOR insists on between -2 and +4 seconds’ variation in its running when it is completely assembled.
Another notable feature is that the power reserve of Manufacture Calibre MT5400 is “weekend-proof”, about 70 hours, which enables the wearer to take the watch off on a Friday evening and put it back on again on Monday morning without having to wind it.
TITANIUM BRACELET AND RUBBER STRAP
The Pelagos 39 model is supplied with an entirely satin-brushed titanium bracelet that is equipped with the TUDOR “T-fit” clasp for rapid length adjustment. Easy to use, requiring no tools and offering five positions, this system allows the wearer to carry out a fine, instant adjustment of the total length of the bracelet along an adjustment window of 8 millimetres. This clasp also has a 25-millimetre bracelet extension function to allow the watch to be worn over a wetsuit.
The Pelagos 39 comes with a second strap made of black rubber, with a titanium pin buckle, that attaches to the case with titanium end links. Also included is a rubber extension piece that makes it possible to lengthen the strap even further, by up to 110 millimetres.
THE PELAGOS FAMILY
The TUDOR Pelagos line offers a variety of highly technical, mechanical divers’ watches at the forefront of this sector. Now made up of four models, this product family is the worthy heir of TUDOR tool watches, adopted since the 1950s by pioneers of underwater exploration around the world. The Pelagos and Pelagos LHD models, for right-handed and left-handed divers respectively, provide an ergonomic solution that is not only tailored to most underwater environments but is specifically designed for so-called “saturation” dives thanks to the helium escape valve. The Pelagos FXD model, developed in conjunction with the French Navy’s combat swimmers, is an instrument that makes it possible to perform countdowns with ease during so-called “oxygen” dives, in which users do not descend to depths requiring decompression stops. Finally, the Pelagos 39 model forms a bridge between land and sea, meeting all the ISO standards for divers’ watches, with versatility and enhanced aesthetic touches.
THE TUDOR DIVERS’ WATCH
The history of the TUDOR divers’ watch dates back to 1954 with the launch of reference 7922. Waterproof to 100 metres (330 ft), it was the firstborn in a long line of dive watches. Affordable, robust, reliable and precise, it perfectly represented the brand’s tool watch philosophy. The seven decades following its introduction have witnessed the constant improvement of TUDOR divers’ watches and them gaining acclaim from professionals in the field, including some of the world’s greatest military navies.
THE TUDOR GUARANTEE
Since its creation by Hans Wilsdorf in 1926, and in line with his vision of an ideal watchmaking product, TUDOR has never stopped producing the most robust, durable, reliable and precise watches in existence today. Bolstered by this experience and confident in the superior quality of its watches, TUDOR offers a five-year guarantee for all its products. This guarantee does not require the watch to be registered or submitted for periodic checks and is transferable.
Tudor Pelagos 39 Specifications
39 mm grade 2 titanium case with satin finish
Grade 2 titanium unidirectional rotating bezel with insert in sunray satin finish ceramic and luminous material
Grade 2 titanium screw-down crown, adorned with the TUDOR shield in relief
Black sunray satin finish with sandblasted flange
Waterproof to 200 m (660 ft)
Titanium three-link bracelet with TUDOR “T-fit” folding clasp, safety catch and diver’s extension. Complimentary black rubber strap with pin buckle and diver’s extension included in the box
Manufacture Calibre MT5400
Self-winding mechanical movement with bidirectional rotor system
Swiss Chronometer officially certified by the COSC (Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute)
Hours, minutes and seconds hands at the centre
Stop-seconds for precise time setting
Variable inertia balance, micro-adjustment screw
Non-magnetic silicon balance spring
Frequency: 28,800 beats/hour (4 Hz)
Approximately 70 hours