Many collectors have been waiting for the smaller, more replica watch compact Pelagos in titanium. Tudor surprised but did not disappoint, although it is a completely different watch from its larger progenitor.
We were just in the middle of the next Geneva Watch Days 2022 meeting, when I got a message from our editor Wadim on Messenger. A quick glance at the phone screen did not say much,
because the link to the Tudor website did not intrigue me,
especially since the brand did not participate in the Geneva fair. Imagine my surprise a moment later,
when Pelagos was displayed everywhere on Instagram … the new Tudor Pelagos … smaller, 39 mm Pelagos. Perhaps a watch premiere that overshadowed all official GWD premieres taken together.
Let’s put aside the Tudor marketing trick and focus on the watch itself, which we’ve already tried on live. Is the Tudor Pelagos 39 a better version than the current 42 mm model? Will Pelagos owners now massively swap it for a smaller version? The answer to these questions is not so simple.
The version of Tudor Pelagos available so far from a few years ago is a thoroughbred diving tool watch, in which every detail has been designed for something,
with aesthetics receding into the background. The 42mm titanium (grade 2) watch is 500m water resistant, a helium valve on the side of the case and lots of bright luminous on the monochrome dial and ceramic bezel. The case is massive, heavy for titanium and 14 mm thick – so it is not a watch for every wrist,
although in my opinion it is great for its size. The new Pelagos is not so much a reduced version, but a heavily modified version, a bit in line with the “less is more” philosophy.
Still made of Grade 2 titanium, the new Pealgos is a much smaller model. The title envelope is 39 mm in diameter and 11.8 mm thick. The watch is much more compact, comfortable and definitely in the type of all those who have smaller wrists or just like small sizes. As before, the case can be attached to a titanium Oyster bracelet or a black rubber strap. The bracelet is equipped with an adjustable “T-fit” clasp and an additional diving extension. Both it and the rubber strap are part of the kit, so you can juggle between them as you like.
From the top, the case is closed with a rotating bezel with a ceramic insert and luminous indexes. The insert was decorated with a sunburst that Tudor repeated on the black dial. From a purely aesthetic point of view, the new Pelagos differs significantly from its predecessor, representing a much more elegant copy watches alternative. The wide minute ring in which there were cut out places for square luminous indices disappeared from the dial. The ring is now flat, matte-blasted and narrower, with indices placed directly on the dial. They are made of a ceramic composite containing a luminous substance.
Characteristic black and white “snowflake” hands move above the ground dial. The Tudor logo is painted at the top, and four lines of text at the bottom, informing, among other things,
waterproof and official chronometric certification. The unnecessary (although inspired by history) line “Rotor Self-Winding” has disappeared,
but there is an accent that I like the most about the new Pelagos. The name of the model is written in red, adding a nice touch to the uniformly black and white composition. There is also no date stamp on the dial – and this is probably a decision that will be enthusiastically received by many potential customers.
Under the full, clean and steel case back of the Pelagos 39, the Tudor housed the in-house caliber MT5400. Werk has all the best features of the brand’s mechanisms, including a 70h power reserve, silicon balance hair and the aforementioned COSC chronometer certificate
(the precision of the gait is within the range of – 2 / + 4 seconds per day). Tudor did not experiment with this element – and that’s good, because its mechanisms are perfectly what is needed in this type of everyday sports watch.
If one were to describe the new Pelagos in one sentence, one could repeat after Tudor that it is a project that combines the technical elements of a thoroughbred diver and an elegant,
sporty city watch. There is something to it, because the Pelagos 39 looks good, very good – albeit completely different from its bigger, fatter and more technical brother. I would have to take it longer to draw further conclusions (which we will probably do for you soon),
but the fact is that Tudor gave Pelagos an excellent alternative. The watch – I am 100% convinced of it – will appeal to the tastes of many people who, before buying the previous version, refused only because of the size. 3mm make a big difference,
and if you don’t mind the lack of technical raciality,
you’ll find the best Tudor in the Pelagos 39: details, craftsmanship and style.
I have always belonged to the group of those who considered Pelagos to be the best model in the brand’s portfolio, and the new reference only confirmed this belief. You just have to decide whether you prefer strict minimalism or sporty elegance. The latter will cost you EUR 4,240 (~ PLN 20,000), which is EUR 300 less than the larger model.
- We know from certain sources that the new Pelagos will be rather difficult to obtain,
and it is expected to appear in stores soon.