NEW PELAGOS LHD
In a nod to its past, TUDOR is now offering the Pelagos model in a "left-handed" version, with its winding stem on the left of the middle case so that it can be worn on the right wrist. TUDOR had already produced watches of this type at the specific request of diving professionals, for example for the French Navy during the 1970s.
A PELAGOS WITH A DIFFERENCE
Divers' watches, intended to be worn specifically on the right wrist, require specific ergonomic characteristics. Before the advent of this watch, left-handed divers could be seen wearing their watch turned upside down on their right wrist and were only able to use the minutes elapsed calculating function, leaving the dominant hand free to access the winder. The introduction of this new model into the Pelagos line, named LHD for Left Hand Drive, means that TUDOR is able to offer a complete range of technical divers' watches at the same time as bringing a little-known part of its product development history to light.
In keeping with the finest traditions of giving toolwatches dedicated reference numbers, Pelagos LHD is produced as a numbered series. Each model has a unique production number engraved in large Arabic numerals on the case back. This is a first for TUDOR.
A NEW DIAL
The dial of this new Pelagos watch has been reworked with beige luminescent markings and the name "PELAGOS" in red at 6 o'clock. The calendar disc, in beige too, also comes in a new design, with its numbers displayed in alternate colours: the even days are displayed in red and the odd in black. This aesthetic detail, nicknamed "roulette" by collectors, was especially characteristic of TUDOR divers' watches with its dial and "snowflakes" hands that first appeared in reference 7021 in 1969. In the same vein, the unidirectional rotatable bezel in ceramic has beige luminescent markings to match those of the dial.
TUDOR MT5612-LHD MANUFACTURE MOVEMENT WITH WINDING STEM ON THE LEFT
This is a specific variant of the TUDOR manufactured movement developed for the Pelagos LHD model. Displaying hours, minutes and seconds functions, it bears the reference MT5612-LHD, where "MT" stands for "Mouvement TUDOR". In 2015, TUDOR announced its first mechanical movement to have been developed, manufactured and assembled in-house. A high-performance calibre of superb precision and proven robustness, it offers a 70-hour power reserve, meaning that the wearer can, for example, take off the watch on Friday evening and put it on again on Monday morning without having to rewind it. Beating to a frequency of 28,800 beats/ hour or 4 Hz, it is regulated by a variable inertia oscillator with a silicon balance spring and held in place by a traversing bridge, a guarantee of its robustness. Furthermore, it is certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) in positions in which it is worn with the winding stem on the left.