After some uncharacteristically cryptic teasers, Tudor has revealed the new Pelagos 39 this morning. Their latest diver is a watch none of us had readily anticipated, but somehow feels an obvious choice for the brand at first glance. It’s a satin brushed titanium Pelagos that measures 39mm in diameter and 11.8mm in thickness. There is no date. There is a single red line of text. It is, ostensibly, an amalgam of our collective wishlist for the Pelagos. Tudor calls this a watch at the “crossroads between the world of technical diving and urban sophistication”. That last bit signals a slight departure from the Pelagos as we know it.
The Pelagos has always served as the more technical diving instrument to the slightly more casual Black Bay, somewhat akin to the Submariner and Sea-Dweller relationship. It has traditionally come with a 500 meter depth rating, unless explicitly designed for shallow diving maneuvers (FXD), along with a full titanium case and trick bracelet clasp that adjusts in real time. The Pelagos 39 is a distinctly more casual take on the formula, an admission that the vast majority of owners aren’t gearing up for mixed gas diving in their free time.