March 23, 2012

New Tudor Pelagos Diver Baselworld Review

New Tudor Pelagos Diver Baselworld Watch Review

  Tudor (relative of Rolex) released a serious new diver for 2012, the Tudor Pelagos Diver. This is about as close to a perfect diver as they get. Tudor used the snowflake hour hand on the Pelagos and square hour markers, both Tudor throwbacks to days past. Done in blue lume that sets the watch off nicely. While the case is made of brushed titanium. Beyond this, it is not difficult to see the Rolex influence in the case and bracelet design. 
  The Pelagos has a helium escape valve (HEV) and non-cyclops date window at 3 o’clock, very reminiscent the classic Rolex Sea Dweller. It is also rated to 500m, that is 200m more than the Rolex Sub. Pelagos does not stop there, the bezel has a scratch resist Cerachrom insert, basically ceramic. THE BEST aspect of the Pelagos is the all new proprietary clasp. Not only does the clasp have a divers extension and micro adjustment, it has a free adjustment zone. What this means is as a diver goes deeper the wrist contracts, as the wrist contracts or gets smaller the free adjustment zone automatically changes with the wrist. The watch does not become loose as the wrist changes with the environment. This aspect of the clasp is spring loaded and is the key to the new technological break through. Genius! Tudor uses a basic ETA 2824 automatic movement, granted, it is a proven reliable movement. For those in the United States, still no love, no US distribution. Tudor did a great job of making a classic looking dive watch, with modern improvements. The Pelagos appears to be every bit of a winner!

Pros - Great looking diver, very cool lug design

Consideration - Basic ETA movement

Specifications & Dimensions:
Case: Titanium
Case Diameter: 42mm
Case Back: Solid
Bezel: Cerachrom 
Crystal: Sapphire
Dial: Black
Bracelet: Titanium
Lug Width: N/A 
Movement: ETA 2824
Power Reserve: 38 hrs 
Water Resistant: 500m

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