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The Tudor Pelagos 39 Takes All The Best Parts From The Black Bay 58

The Tudor Pelagos 39 is here, and it might give the Black Bay 58 a run for its money as Tudor's most popular watch. ...
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The Tudor Pelagos 39 is here, and it might give the Black Bay 58 a run for its money as Tudor’s most popular watch. There is no way to know that for sure, but Tudor seem to have taken all the best bits about the Black Bay 58 and implemented it on this new Pelagos.

The first and most obvious change is the 39mm case. This 3mm reduction in the Pelagos addresses one of the biggest criticisms aimed at the line, its size. Thickness plays a part in this too having been reduced to 11.8mm from 14.3mm. This newfound slimness is thanks to Tudor replacing the movement with the Tudor Calibre 5400, the same found in the Black Bay 58, rather than the Calibre 5612 used in previous Pelagos models. This movement still offers a 70-hour power reserve and COSC certification, but it does exceed the chronometer standard with -2/+4 seconds a day accuracy.

There are a few “downgrades” present thanks to the smaller form factor. These include the water resistance rating going from 500m to 200m, and the helium escape valve has been removed. There’s also no date function which could put people off but it’s not uncommon to find its absence on smaller watches.

The case and bracelet are still made of grade 2 titanium with a satin finish, but it looks as if it has a slight brown or earthy tone to it. In the renders, it looks like an interesting colour, but some hands-on time will be required to make proper judgement.

One of the big changes here is the bracelet. The “T-fit” folding clasp that allows for five fine-adjustment positions over 8mm. To cement its place as a proper diver’s watch there is a 25mm bracelet extension to fit over wetsuits.

Other specifications include a black sunray satin finish with sandblasted flange dial with monobloc luminescent ceramic composite hour markers, sapphire crystal, grade 2 titanium unidirectional rotating bezel with luminous material, and a grade 2 titanium screw-down crown with the Tudor shield relief.

If the idea is to expand Tudor’s customer base, taking the parts that everyone liked about the Black Bay 58 and putting them on a Pelagos is not a bad way to go about it. It still has the vintage vibe that Tudor have been leaning into whilst still remaining modern elements.

Price starts at $6,010 AUD ($4,400 USD).

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