After the great success of the Black Bay Pro presented at Watches & Wonders 2022, after the rebirth of the Ranger line, Tudor has decided to expand the Pelagos line, with a model that immediately captured the entire public.
With this new model, Tudor has perfectly listened to the requests of us fans of the brand. We wanted a smaller Pelagos, which did not lose its sporting soul and this is without a doubt the strength of the newcomer. It is a more streamlined watch, not only in the forms or in the technical choices, but precisely as a concept of watch, without losing its sporting soul which is the main prerogative of the whole Pelagos line.
A new concept of Pelagos
From this perspective it comes closest to Tudor's biggest hit, the BB58. A simpler, cleaner, easier to wear and use watch than anything on the market. But they knew that if they moved more these aspects they would have created a BB58 2.0, so they opted to keep the same technical qualities of the Pelagos 42mm: in fact we have a dynamic watch, all satin, technically advanced, balanced in lines and in titanium.
The Pelagos 39 represents a new chapter for Tudor. In fact, we are faced with a watch that enriches the Pelagos line and evolves it from the perspective of everyday use. Not that the Pelagos 42mm is not suitable for daily use, but comparing it with this new model, it immediately catches the eye how the fit has really improved. The new case, the new bracelet, the choice of making a smaller diameter, puts the beauty and comfort of wearing a balanced and versatile watch in the first place compared to having a super technical watch.
It is as if Tudor had embarked on a natural path with the enthusiast. He is able to anticipate what are the tastes, the choices of the public, without however losing his soul, without moving away from his past. And it is wearing the new Pelagos39 that you can breathe those sensations that a Tudor enthusiast found with the vintage models of Tudor Submariner, declined in a modern key in the materials and know-how used in its manufacturing movements. Technical watches, intended for military use, but with a fit that has since become a reference point on the sports watch market for over 50 years.
The case is made of grade 2 titanium and measures 39mm in width and 11,8mm in thickness. A very interesting specification, compared to its cousin Black Bay 58, is the shorter lug to lug which further increases comfort on the wrist (48mm for the BB58 and 46,5mm for the Pelagos 39).
The water resistance is equal to 200 meters thanks to the crown and the screw back. The Pelagos39 also comes with a Grade 2 titanium bracelet equipped with both T-Fit and 25mm wetsuit extension and a rubber strap with titanium end links and titanium pin buckle (along with a diving extension with 110mm rubber strap).
The monobloc indexes applied to the dial are made of a luminescent ceramic composite, a feature that highlights the technical aesthetics, while at the same time considerably increasing the luminous surface of the indexes themselves. The dial is composed of two main elements: a flat disc with a sunray satin finish, which offers a refined and luminous contrast with the matte finish of the 45 ° conical microbillé flange. Finally, the name Pelagos made in glossy red positioned at 6 o'clock interrupts the two-tone palette of the model.
Aesthetically, the Pelagos39 plays a lot on the alternation of finishes thanks to the satin finish of the case and the bracelet, in contrast to the brightness of the black ceramic bezel disc with a sunray satin finish, equipped with a graduated scale with white luminescent coating. As with the Tudor FXD, the diameter of the bezel is slightly larger than that of the middle case, to ensure optimal grip.
Inside we find the reliable MT5400 caliber - also mounted on the BlackBay58 - with 70 hours of power reserve, a frequency of 4Hz and a gear change of between -2 and +4 seconds in the watch. The Tudor Pelagos39 is sold at a price of € 4.210, about € 300 less than the Pelagos (€ 4.510).
The conclusions? Disappointing when it comes to Tudor: once on his wrist he never takes off. Compared to the older brother, who certainly remains the professional par excellence, here we have all that sense of lightness I was talking about before, of instant understanding of what he is wearing. Of a watch that wants to be technical and Pelagos, but much more versatile and comfortable to wear every day.
And this is my vision of the new Pelagos 39: a simpler watch, easier to understand and wear. It is right from all perspectives, from all points of view.