Introducing the Tudor Pelagos Blue and Black with new In-House movement
In 2012 Tudor introduced the Pelagos ref.25500TN, a watch that we consider Tudor’s answer on the Rolex Sea-Dweller. The ultimate tool watch, made in light and technical looking titanium, and water resistant to 500 meters. Here at Monochrome we have a thing for proper tool watches and the Pelagos perfectly fits the bill. Last year we predicted that Tudor would launch a blue Pelagos and, since they didn’t, and we really wanted to see that one, we predicted it this year again. Here it is, finally, the Tudor Pelagos Blue, and it now comes with Tudor’s new in-house movement.
Tudor’s new in-house movement is the calibre MT5612 and packs 70 hours of power reserve. Even better, when you know that the price of the Pelagos will not be raised much in comparison to the previous model, and is set at a very decent (read: competitive) CHF 4200 Swiss Francs (including 8% VAT). Do you have your attention now? An ultimate diving tool, rating to 500m, with a brand new in-house designed, developed and manufactured movement. Yep, another first, as this is Tudor first in-house movement.
The new movement is tested for shocks, aging and precision. Moreover, it’s COSC certified, although Tudor already regulates the watches to +/- 3 seconds, instead of the -4 / +6 seconds that is required to get a COSC certificate. The older Pelagos didn’t have the model name on the dial, the new does, and just underneath that it reads Chronometer – Officially Certified, to highlight this feature.
Like the previous Pelagos it features a ceramic bezel with luminous numerals and stick markers. On the you get a beautiful three-dimensional feel, with a slightly angled side of the case and the familiar square and rectangle hour markers, and of course the downward pointing triangle at 12 o’clock.
In the left side of the case is the helium escape valve, as you might expect from a serious diver’s watch with a 500m depth rate. The bezel rotates only in one direction and the crystal is a thick sapphire one, which can withstand the pressure at the depth it’s rated for. Like the previous version is comes on a titanium bracelet with a folding clasp that offers brilliant safety catch and bracelet extension system. You’ll also get an additional rubber strap with buckle and extra extension piece.
Of course we’re prejudice and prefer the blue version of the Pelagos, hey we predicted it correct. However the black version is also updated and is also available with the new calibre MT5612.
As said, the price is CHF 4200 Swiss Francs (including 8% VAT) and they’ll be in stores as of July 2015. Guess we all have to wait until we can check time on our new Pelagos Blue (or Black).
Tudor decided to play it… tricky with the in-house business as priced went up by aprx. 25% and in Europe with the vat at about 20% the watch will cost near the 5.000€ zone!!!! A submariner no date is about 6,000€!!!!!! For 1.000€ more you buy a watch that will bring your money back in no time!!!!!!!!
Is the case any slimmer with the new in house movement? Thickness is what has been keeping me away from the pelagos and black bay.
WoW… Just bought the Blue version 07.08.2015 !! This is a classic watch, I have many Rolexes, AP’s but this one is best value. Rolex has become redundant, AP is overly priced.
Tudor is on the verge to become a major player if they keep it up.
Seven lines of text on the dial? That’s even worse than Rolex!
The Tudor watches look amazing especially in blue. The dial does look cluttered with all the writing but I wonder why a person would consider a Rolex look alike instead of the real thing? In 2017 the pricing diference may not be sufficient to invest in the Tudor watch especially when the in house watch movement may not be as dependable as the Rolex. Then there is the question of value. As the years go by can the Tudor hold its value compared to the Rolex? I have my doubts.