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 Kinissi 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 Tudor 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.
The Tudor 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.
The Tudor 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.