The new TUDOR Pelagos FXD pays tribute to decades of TUDOR watches on the wrists of US Navy divers.
The ultimate modern “Milsub”
Complete with fixed strap bars, a titanium case, a high-performance Manufacture Calibre and a unidirectional elapsed-time rotating bezel; it is the ultimate modern “Milsub.”
As early as the mid-’50s, several outfits inside the US Navy were testing and evaluating TUDOR diving watches. By 1958, the Navy officially adopted them and issued them to divers operating in various units. This Pelagos FXD model is, in effect, the spiritual successor of those watches. The nomenclature hints at the background of the watch, with FXD referring to the incredibly robust FiXeD strap bars of the case.
Incorporating elements from the US military specifications
The model represents a modern, high-performance and robust take on the famed “Milsub” (short for Military Submariner) of yesteryear. Visually, it aligns most with a late ‘60s-era TUDOR Oyster Prince Submariner reference 7016. It also incorporates elements from the US military specifications for diving watches. This includes elements such as fixed spring bars. It also includes details inspired by other generations of issued TUDORs, like pointed crown guards typically found on early TUDOR Submariners.
Initially developed in conjunction with active duty combat swimmers, the Pelagos FXD case is based on a set of specifications that are as precise as they are demanding. It includes some functional features that are unique in the TUDOR collection. These include details such as its fixed strap bars, which are directly machined into the main body of the 42mm titanium case for increased robustness and reliability. Shaped as an extension of the lugs, they are key to the model’s characteristic silhouette. Another feature of this model is the ergonomic 60-notch rotating bezel. Unidirectional, with a luminescent material-filled 60-minute-graduated ceramic insert, it corresponds to ISO standard 6425:2018 for divers’ watches.
In aesthetic terms, the TUDOR divers’ watches historically used by US Navy personnel in the late ’60s through the early ’80s. inspired this Pelagos FXD model. It is black in colour and has the characteristic square hour markers and angular hands, known as “Snowflake”, introduced by the brand in 1969 to increase the intensity of the luminescence of its watches in poor light conditions. It also features a unidirectional rotating bezel with a sand-blasted ceramic insert with luminescent material. Its 42mm titanium case is waterproof to 200 meters and is entirely satin-brushed to produce a matt effect to limit light reflections.
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