Tudor Pelagos LHD
In a celebration of its past, Tudor has released the Tudor Pelagos LHD—a cool, rugged diver’s watch with a very unique feature: a left-handed crown. The piece is based on watches made for the French Navy in the 1960s, so it’s technically not a new technology for the brand—but it’s received a handsome contemporary make-over for 2016.
The Pelagos has already established itself as a reliable tool for divers. With a 500m water resistance rating and an automatic helium escape valve, the watch has found favour among many deep sea professionals. In keeping with this position, this piece contrasts a smart black dial with highly luminous indices for maximum legibility under the water, and features Tudor’s iconic snowflake hands.
The case is made of satin-finished titanium with steel, and measures at 42mm in diameter. The titanium screw-down crown sits at 9 o’clock instead of the usual 3, and the rotatable unidirectional bezel is complemented by a matte ceramic black disc that features lumed markings. The dial has been redesigned for this edition of the watch, with large beige luminescent markings and the Pelagos name picked out in red. The calendar display, too, has received an update, with even days appearing in red and odd days in black. The watch’s bracelet is also made of titanium—thanks to this, the watch is very lightweight on the wrist, making it perfect for an active lifestyle.
The movement is a special variant version of Tudor’s calibre MT5612LHD, which was made specifically for the Pelagos LHD. It offers a power reserve of 70 hours and beats at 28,800 vph, and of course is COSC-certified. In a first for Tudor, the watches each have a unique production number, which can be found engraved on the caseback.