Tudor claims that the impetus to the invention of this Pelagos LHD was in honour of some models they created in the 1970s for left handed divers in the French Navy. As someone who is left-handed (and dives), I’ve never actually considered taking an automatic watch off to end once in a while a big deal, but it is a fantastic point to have watches out there having crowns on either side of the situation. I say this to imply that the left-handed place of the crown on the case does not have any functional value for me personally, but simply makes the watch a bit more unique among other Pelagos models — offering precious personality that us watch nerds so very much like from the watches we love.Another decorative touch on the LHD that I really love is the reddish “Pelagos” text onto the dial. This is really ironic because I recently criticized Rolex to do the same thing about the new Sea-Dweller 126600. I find the red text to be a bit more deflecting on the Sea-Dweller, and I also felt it was too much of a direct nod to some vintage Sea-Dweller that is valuable today merely because it is not as common. The 43mm wide Sea-Dweller is a cool watch for sure, but it doesn’t actually innovate — at least not as much as the Pelagos. Therefore that the red text on the Pelagos is not simply somewhat more aesthetically attractive in my opinion, but also feels like a clear nod to the past and does not seem to attempt to specify the watch as far in the Pelagos as it does the brand new Sea-Dweller. Again, it would not stop me from actually enjoying the Sea-Dweller, however in regards to $10,000 and luxury watches, we’re eligible to become extremely picky.What also captured my attention with the Pelagos LHD is the beige-colored hour markers, bezel markers, and palms. The cursory appearance is a bit easier on the eyes compared to the stark white of the normal Pelagos models, but retains an superb level of contrast with the black dial — which makes for very good legibility. More so, the combination of black, titanium grey, and beige colours, in my view, works together quite well.The dial of the Pelagos is really where you can make the most distinction points between it and a Rolex Submariner. The Pelagos dial is extremely useful, very legible, and excellently made for visibility as a dive watch. The longer one uses a Pelagos, the more I think one comes to appreciate the usefulness of the dial in a variety of reading and lighting surroundings.
TUDOR’s famous Heritage Black Bay divers’ watch is known as an emblematic dive watch for the brand and its followers. Now, at Baselworld, Tudor unveils the Tudor Heritage Black Bay watch in stainless steel case with bezel insert in brushed steel. The watch is fitted with the Manufacture Calibre MT5612, which, for the first time, means a date indication joins the Heritage Black Bay family.
The Tudor Manufacture Calibre MT5612
The movement in this watch is a variation of the movement presented by TUDOR in 2015 now with date function developed for the Heritage Black Bay Steel model. The movement offers a 70-hour power reserve and beats at a frequency of 28,800 beats/hour, or 4Hz. It is regulated by a variable inertia oscillator with silicon balance spring held in place by a traversing bridge. Making the watch even more reliable is the fact that is is a COSC-certified Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).
The watch is offered with either a stainless steel “riveted” bracelet reminiscent f the bracelets of Tudor watches from 1950’s and 1960’s, or with a strap. each version also comes with a second khaki green fabric strap made using the Jacquard technique, a traditional method achieved by a 100-year-old family business from the St-Etienne region of France. This strap is a signature feature of Tudor’s Heritage line. The Tudor Heritage Black Bay retails for $3,475 on a strap and $3,800 on a bracelet.
Technical Specifications of the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Steel
TUDOR HERITAGE BLACK BAY STEEL Reference 79730
CASE: 41 mm steel case with polished and satin finish
BEZEL: Unidirectional rotating bezel in steel with 60-minute graduated steel disc, black engraved markings
MOVEMENT: Manufacture Calibre MT5612 (COSC)
Self-winding mechanical movement with bidirectional rotor system
POWER RESERVE: Approximately 70 hours
WINDING CROWN: Steel screw-down winding crown, with the TUDOR rose engraved and lacquered in black, with black anodised aluminium winding crown tube
DIAL: Black, domed
CRYSTAL: Domed sapphire crystal
WATER Resistance: 200 m (660 ft)
BRACELET: Steel bracelet or aged leather strap with folding clasp and safety catch Additional fabric strap with buckle included in the box; strap model also available.