Tudor Gives Us The Sub We’ve Always Wanted In New Pelagos 39

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.

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The Pelagos 39 has a *gasp* 200 meter depth rating, and for the first time, ditches the matte dial in favor of a subtle sunburst texture. Tudor calls it a satin sunray finish, and I suspect it will be the subject of much consternation between enthusiasts, in a similar manner to when the Sea-Dweller received a cyclops, and a two-toned execution. A muddying of the waters so to speak, in what had been a crystal clear purpose driven collection. It’s worth noting that this texture looks to follow through to the ceramic bezel insert, as well. Until we see this one in the metal, I’ll withhold judgment. 

Elsewhere, this is exactly the watch you’d expect. Tudor is bringing their monobloc luminescent ceramic composite hour markers to the dial, and the quick adjusting T-fit clasp to the bracelet. It even comes with a complimentary rubber strap in the box. Each look to have a healthy taper. 

Inside Tudor is using their own MT5400 automatic movement that is COSC certified and offers an impressive 70 hours of reserve. This is not the same movement within the also dateless FXD, but it is found within the newly released Ranger. Tudor is pricing the new Pelagos 39 at $4,400 on the full titanium bracelet with rubber strap included. This is the only configuration offered at the moment. 

We’ll have more on this one as soon as we manage to get our hands on one, but in the meantime, let us know how you feel about that satin sunray dial, and head over to Tudor for more information.

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Blake is a Wisconsin native who’s spent the past decade covering the people, products, and brands that make the watch world a little more interesting. Blake enjoys the practical elements that watches bring to everyday life, from modern Seikos to vintage Rolex. He is an avid writer and photographer with a penchant for classic cars, non-fiction literature, and home-built mechanical keyboards.
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