After Tudor released 39mm versions of the Black Bay and Ranger, it shouldn’t have been a surprise when it announced a smaller version of its best-selling Pelagos diver, but it was. Despite being the watch we’ve demanded for years. this unexpected announcement has caught the watch community completely off guard and had fans clambering for a piece of the action. Tudor has taken its robust tool watch – a deep diver with 500M of water resistance and a helium release valve – and trimmed down the specs to make the new release more versatile. There’s no doubt that this watch will be a smash hit, with fans already wondering whether authorised dealers can keep up with demand.
The impact of this announcement stems from the trade the Swiss watchmaker has made between extreme functionality and wearability. Rather than market this new Pelagos to serious divers it has tweaked the design to appeal to a wider audience. This model sits “between the world of technical diving and urban sophistication”. The Pelagos collection is famed for its militaristic aesthetic and by softening the look this elegant addition finds a new niche. Fans have already noted that publicity photos feature elegant backdrops and female models, a sure sign that the Tudor Pelagos 39 aims to have wide appeal.
But don’t worry. At heart, this is still a very functional dive watch with the core DNA of the Pelagos line and it still meets ISO standards. Yes, the case is smaller than the standard 42mm version, and at 11.8mm deep it’s also thinner, but it is still made from grade 2 titanium. The satin-brushed finish gives the case an understated look, but in a move away from the utilitarian style of the previous Pelagos models, the matt dial is replaced with a stunning sunray look that is duplicated on the ceramic bezel.
There are the signature snowflake hands and recognisable vintage vibe that we’ve come to expect from the Pelagos, but there’s also a delightful simplicity to the design. There’s no date window and the only colour on the two-tone watch is the Pelagos name in cherry red.
The Tudor Pelagos 39 is equipped with a Calibre MT5400 automatic movement and comes with a titanium bracelet and a rubber strap with a titanium buckle. Both boast options for adjusting the sizing with the bracelet offering a 25-millimetre extension that allows the watch to be worn over a wetsuit.
This watch is going to make an impact. It’s already tipped to be one of the most notable releases of 2022, with fans warming to the pleasing balance between city and shore and between comfort and functionality. The new Tudor Pelagos 39 is priced at USD$4,400 (AUD$6,010) and will be available from select retailers in the coming weeks.
Tudor Pelagos 39 M25407N-0001
Movement: Tudor Calibre MT5400
Straps: Titanium Bracelet and Rubber Strap
Water Resistance: 200M
Price: GBP £3,500 (AUD$6,010)