Arms-On: The Tudor Pelagos FXD Ref. 25707B
The evolution of the model’s do-it-all diver for contemporary obligation with the Marine Nationale.
After months of hypothesis and greater than a handful of leaks, Tudor has formally introduced the Pelagos FXD – the watch born of their revived reference to the Marine Nationale. One thing of a extra particular and specialised tackle the Pelagos format, the FXD has been designed with direct enter from the Marine Nationale’s fight swimmers, the Commando Hubert, within the hopes of fine-tuning Tudor’s standard titanium dive watch to go well with their wants for underwater navigation. The result’s an exacting evolution of the Pelagos that features a number of small tweaks and some huge modifications. I’m sorry to do that… however let’s dive in.
First, I’d wish to make one thing clear. For my cash, particularly if you wish to take it diving, the Pelagos is the very best dive watch on the earth. It’s trendy, over-built, over spec’d, and really thoughtfully designed and the ultimate product has an informal wrist presence that belies its skilled stage of functionality. It’s wonderful how effectively it manages to function like a chunk of dive gear while you’re underwater solely to then turn out to be nothing greater than a really good watch while you’re above water. An enormous a part of that wide-ranging potential is the generalist “checks all containers” nature of its design.
However, as a result of we’re all friends right here, I’m going to offer you a shortcut to assist inform your tackle the FXD. It’s no generalist – heck, it doesn’t even conform to the warm-waters of ISO 6425. These with a base understanding of evolutionary idea (sure, I too have learn Jurassic Park) know that evolution isn’t a purely additive course of, as most evolution has a price. Consider it this fashion, when was the final time you noticed gills and legs on the identical social gathering?
The FXD, in following the wants of the MN, has traded a few of the normal Pelagos’ big selection of charms for a extra particular and centered set of abilities. Your private style and (I hope) precise use case will decide which is probably going a greater match for you, however let’s take a look at a breakdown of the brand new Pelagos FXD.
The case remains to be fabricated from titanium and nonetheless measures 42mm vast, however the thickness is down from 14.3mm within the present normal spec to 12.75mm within the FXD. We additionally see the omission of the HeV (a helium escape valve, not wanted for the Marine Nationale) and a discount of the water-resistance from 500m to 200m, once more to go well with real-world diving circumstances for the MN. Additionally, I’d like to supply a giant kudos to Tudor for being what I believe could be the primary main model to incorporate lug to lug within the specs for a brand new watch, with the FXD measuring 52mm in size (some 2mm greater than a regular Pelagos).
Subsequent, and fairly apparent as compared is a full graduated bezel with a countdown scale and extra toothy grip, which has been applied with bi-directional rotation to assist in underwater navigation, particularly, and to assist when fingers and palms are chilly and accuracy may be troublesome (particularly should you miss your mark by a minute and must spin all the way in which round once more). Unidirectional bezels have been a calling card for a lot of the existence of the dive watch, however, should you’re not frightened about bumping the bezel or certainly not utilizing the bezel to measure backside time (as is the case for the MN), this format is way more forgiving for frequent underwater use when timing navigation.
As I’m merely a dilettante leisure diver and haven’t carried out a lot in the way in which of timed underwater navigation past the fin-kick sq. required for Superior Open Water certification, quite than regurgitating extra of the press launch, I’ll simply let Tudor describe how the Pelagos FXD aids the Commando Hubert in transferring as a workforce underwater.
“Underwater navigation consists of reaching a exact location by sea, with out surfacing, by following a meticulously deliberate route. Divers perform this underwater navigation in pairs, linked to 1 one other by a strap generally known as a lifeline, and full a collection of straight swims guided by a magnetic compass.
They swim at a relentless velocity for a set time in every part, finishing as many sections as obligatory while timing each precisely. This navigation entails restarting a countdown at every change in fact. The anticlockwise commencement and luminescence of the bezel of this mannequin make it straightforward to arrange and monitor every countdown, by aligning the time set for the part to be coated on the bezel with the minute hand.
When the minute hand arrives reverse the triangle, the workforce modifications course and the diver accountable for timing begins the following countdown. The mannequin has additionally been fitted with a big bezel ring, which exceeds the diameter of the case for optimum grip, even with neoprene gloves and palms which might be numb from lengthy dives in chilly water.”
The bezel is now wider for ease of use and has 120-click motion. The absolutely lumed ceramic insert stays whereas each the bezel and the dial at the moment are a barely darker (navy) blue than the considerably extra saturated colour used on the usual Pelagos Blue. And, whereas at first fairly visually related, there are lots of modifications to the dial, together with much less textual content (no extra “ROTOR SELF-WINDING”), a brand new rehaut that not wraps across the markers, and the obvious change, no date.
The no-date execution factors to Tudor utilizing a unique motion, and right here we see the FXD utilizing a COSC-certified MT5602. The 5602 is an automatically-wound 4Hz motion with 70 hours of energy reserve that was introduced in 2016 and will also be present in no-date Black Bay fashions just like the 41mm Black Bay Darkish.
With no choice of the usual Pelagos’ great bracelet or rubber strap, the Commando Hubert-spec choice is one among two included single-piece straps, one rubber, and one material with hook-and-loop fastening. The material strap is supposed to recall the hand-made elastic straps that the MN was identified to have fitted to previous Tudor MN fashions.
For this contemporary iteration, the brand new FXD material strap remains to be made by the splendidly old-school Julien Faure (you’ll be able to see extra right here) and measures 22mm vast, and is cinched through a signed titanium D-ring. The included single-piece blue rubber strap is model new and makes use of a tang buckle for sizing and closure.
In the event you slide the strap away, the case again is signed with the Marine Nationale Brand and “M.N. 21”, as a nod to the MN watches of Tudor’s previous.
So we’re by the specs and also you’re doubtless questioning – how does it put on? Like a Pelagos however totally different. The lengthy lug-to-lug has a visible impact that doesn’t equate to the way it feels on wrist as the form of the lugs and the low-set built-in lug bars preserve the strap very flat in opposition to your wrist with much less of a “feeding” than you’d see when placing a nato on a watch with standard lugs. The strap isn’t combating the spring bars to remain in your wrist, so all the things simply sits flat and it’s very comfy.
That having been mentioned, whereas the Pelagos FXD could really feel a bit bigger than a traditional Pelagos, it manages to each appear and feel a lot thinner, which is a giant plus in my e-book and the full weight on the rubber is simply 89g (sure, I took a kitchen scale to Rolex HQ). Of the 2 straps, I choose the material choice however you’d higher consider I introduced a UTE gray NATO to my assembly with Tudor – did you anticipate something much less? Each of the inventory mounts are nice, however the material was instantly essentially the most comfy, and I quite just like the blue/silver coloring.
When it comes to context, the place the Fifty-Eight gave the Black Bay line a good wider enchantment, the FXD is certainly a extra area of interest expression of Tudor’s do-it-all diver. It’s not as area of interest as, say, the P01, however it’s additionally decidedly not the Pelagos Fifty-Eight (or GMT) that some have been wishing for.
Given the considerably lesser specs (not that it might matter to any leisure consumer) and the dearth of the bracelet, the Pelagos FXD is priced underneath the usual Pelagos at $3,900 (vs $4,575 for both of the three normal Pelagos iterations). As a watch made along side enter from a contemporary fight diving outfit just like the Commando Hubert, I get it and I believe they’ve managed to make a dive watch with reliable industrial viability regardless of the very specialised design temporary.
As somebody who’s lengthy been teetering on the sting of shopping for a Pelagos, I genuinely assume that the FXD is a deeply cool evolution of the shape, however not one which helps me get any nearer to deciding which one I’d need on my wrist as I determine its most important competitors will come from it’s three closest siblings.
I like the usual mannequin’s bracelet, however don’t adore its thickness. I like the FXD’s thinness and lack of an HeV, however in flip, I do want it was a bit shorter lug to lug. As with all evolution, the brand new path could not have all the parts you loved previously, however the FXD is nonetheless a compelling creation for dive watch followers, particularly these with a navy bent.
In the event you requested me 3 times in a single day which Pelagos I’d wish to personal, you’d doubtless get three totally different solutions. However I’ll let you know this, one among them will surely be the brand new Pelagos FXD.