The diving heritage of Tudor can be basically split into two chapters. On one end you have the very retro-inspired Black Bay line-up, and on the other end the more professional Pelagos collection. Either of the two are fan-favourites and perform very well in most circumstances in life. But, in a surprising twist, two years ago Tudor released a very special take on the Pelagos with the Pelagos FXD. This watch paid tribute to past watches used by Combat divers and was developed with the Marine Nationale, the French Navy. It had fixed lugs and a special inverted diving scale on the bidirectional bezel. Now though, Tudor introduces a new take on the Pelagos FXD, in a black colour scheme and with a regular bezel.
The case is yet again machined out of titanium and measures 42mm in diameter and 12.75mm in thickness. From lug end to lug end, you’re looking at 52mm in length. On top of the titanium case is a titanium rotating bezel, unidirectional instead of bidirectional. The black ceramic insert has a regular 60-minute diving graduation, replacing the inverted scale on the original FXD from 2021. The crown is protected by a pair of guards and screws down to ensure a watertight fit. Speaking of which, the water resistance is rated at 200m as indicated on the dial.
What sets the Pelagos FXD apart from the regular collection is the fact it has fixed lugs (FXD, fixed). Normally you would rely on pushpins or an integrated fasterning system to attach a bracelet or strap but not in this case. This was a very specific design element for the Marine Nationale when the Pelagos FXD was in development. This means you do not have the risk of a push pin snapping and your watch dropping off your wrist, which should be a comforting thought. It also looks mighty cool with the green fabric strap by the way.
Obviously, the dial changes from blue to black but that’s not all. In addition to the change in colour for the base dial, the line ‘Pelagos’ is printed in red, to match the FXD Alinghi Red Bull Racing Editions (both time-only and chronograph. On the first FXD all markings were in white. For the rest, it’s the same all over with Snowflake hands and applied square, rectangular and triangular hour markers. Everything has a good dose of Super-LumiNova, emitting a bright blue hue in the dark.
Underneath the solid caseback hides Tudor’s MT5602 manufacture movement, made with Kenissi. This measures 31,80mm in diameter and 6.5mm in height, uses 25 jewels and runs at a rate of 28,800vph. It comes as a COSC-certified chronometer and has a silicon hairspring and a variable inertia balance wheel. The power reserve is a very comfortable 70 hours. It is also fitted with hacking seconds to precisely set the time.
The new Tudor Pelagos FXD Black comes on a one-piece green fabric strap with a red centre stripe. Additionally, you get a black rubber single-pass strap with it. It’s not limited and available at Tudor retailers and boutiques worldwide. The price is set at CHF 3,900 or EUR 4,120.
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