PELAGOS FXD, the new model from the prestigious Swiss brand TUDOR, made in collaboration with the French Navy
Developed to a set of unique specifications created in collaboration with a specialist unit of the French Navy, the Pelagos FXD model was designed for underwater navigation and is optimised for professional use.
Since the 1950s and TUDOR's creation of one of the first modern professional divers' watches to the 1980s, the brand has been a regular supplier to the French Navy. With the Pelagos FXD model, where FXD refers to the extra robust fixed strap bars of the case, TUDOR is reviving this historic collaboration. The brand presents a technical watch that meets a unique set of specifications.
Developed in conjunction with the French Navy's combat swimmers, the Pelagos FXD model is based on a set of specifications that are as precise as they are demanding. For this reason, it includes many functional features that are new to TUDOR, such as its fixed strap bars that are machined into the main body of the 42 mm titanium case for increased robustness and reliability. Shaped as an extension of the lugs, they are key to the model's characteristic silhouette. The case is waterproof to 200 metres and has a steel case back engraved with the logo of the French Navy and the initials “M.N.2021” for “Marine Nationale 2021” (the year will change according to year of issue).
Another feature specific to this model is the 120-notch rotating bezel with sand-blasted ceramic insert. Bidirectional with retrograde graduation from 60 to 0, it does not correspond to the ISO 6425:2018 standard of divers' watches, but instead meets the specific needs of the method known as “underwater navigation”, one of the specialities of combat swimmers.
The anticlockwise graduation and luminescence of the bezel of this model make it easy to set up and monitor each countdown, by aligning the time set for the section to be covered on the bezel with the minute hand. When the minute hand arrives opposite the triangle, the team changes course and the diver in charge of timing begins the next countdown. The model has also been fitted with a large bezel ring, which exceeds the diameter of the case for optimum grip, even with neoprene gloves and hands that are numb from long dives in cold water.
It's blue navy dial, protected by a sapphire crystal glass, showcases the characteristic square hour markers and angular hands, known as Snowflake, introduced by the brand in 1969 to increase the intensity of the luminescence of its watches in poor light conditions.
PELAGOS FXD is powered by the Manufacture Calibre MT5602 that drives the hours, minutes and seconds functions and offers 70-hour power reserve.
Its build has been designed to ensure robustness, longevity, reliability and precision, as has its variable inertia balance, which is maintained by a sturdy traversing bridge with a two-point fixing. Together with its non-magnetic silicon balance spring, the Manufacture Calibre MT5602 is certified as a chronometer by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), with its performance going beyond the standards set by this independent institute. In fact, where COSC allows an average variation in the daily running of a watch of between -4 and +6 seconds in relation to absolute time in a single movement, TUDOR insists on between -2 and +4 seconds’ variation in its running when it is completely assembled.
PELAGOS FXD comes with a new, highly technical strap construction made up of a 22 mm navy blue polyethylene woven ribbon with a silver central thread, a titanium "D" buckle and a self-gripping fastening system to adapt to different wrist sizes and is very comfortable to wear.
An additional navy blue rubber strap with woven pattern and titanium buckle is included in the box.