Back in Black: Another Look at Tudor’s Latest Pelagos FXD

The new Pelagos FXD pays tribute to seven decades of Tudor watches developed for U.S. Navy divers. It is presented in a 42mm satin-brushed titanium case for a matte effect, boasts fixed strap bars and a unidirectional rotating bezel with a luminescent ceramic insert and 60-minute graduation. Dubbed as a modern “Milsub”(short for Military Submariner), it resembles a late ‘60s-era Tudor Oyster Prince Submariner reference 7016, and follows the original blue edition that first debuted in 2021.

The wording of the watch hints at its historical background, with “FXD” referring to the robust “FiXeD” strap bars of the case. Directly machined into the main body, they increase robustness and reliability and were part of the requirements of U.S. military specification for diver’s watches. Shaped as an extension of the lugs, they are key to the model’s characteristic silhouette.

An essential feature inspired by other famous Tudor watches of the most notably early Submariners, the crown guards have a pointed shape. It goes without saying that the characteristic square hour markers and angular hands, known as “Snowflake”, on the black luminescent dial are also inspired by Tudor’s rich history of diver’s watches. They were introduced in 1969 to increase the intensity of the luminescence of its watches in poor light conditions. 

The manufacture caliber MT5602 that powers the Pelagos FXD boasts a power reserve of 72 hours. Designed to ensure robustness, longevity, reliability and precision, the self-winding movement features a non-magnetic silicon hairspring and variable inertia balance, which is maintained by a sturdy traversing bridge with a two-point fixation. Certified as a COSC chronometer, it has a precision rate between -2 and +4 seconds per day.

Water-resistant to 200 meters, the new Tudor Pelagos FXD Black comes on a one-piece forest green fabric strap with a red center stripe. A black embossed fabric-motif one-piece rubber strap is also included.

Pricing for the Pelagos FXD is marked at $4,150.

To learn more, visit Tudor, here.

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