The Tudor Pelagos LHD: Dive Watch Taken to New Levels

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Ever since Tudor re-launched in the U.S. in 2013, the company has been on a mission to stand above the crowd with its watches. Such is the case for one of the brand’s most recent releases, The Tudor Pelagos LHD. “LHD” stands for left hand drive, which means the crown is positioned on the left side of the case rather than the right side. This limited numbered watch basically takes the Pelagos, which is the brand’s most technical and modern looking dive watch collection, to a new level. Here’s more information about this intriguing timepiece.

The Movement

Tudor’s movements are part of what makes their watches so precise and well worth every penny, and the movement in this model is an in-house caliber that really goes the mile. It’s the MT5612, which has a silicon balance spring. As is the case with watches in the standard Pelagos line, The Tudor Pelagos LHD is a COSC certified chronometer.

This movement also has a 70 hour power reserve — which is quite generous — along with a number of convenient displays. One of the displays on the watch that’s significant is the roulette day wheel. Rather than having all of its numbers colored the same, odd days are shown in black while even numbered days are shown on the display in red numbering.

Incredible Features

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Interestingly, The Tudor Pelagos LHD isn’t the first left handed timepiece that the brand has created. Back in 1970, Tudor was commission to create left handed watches for the French Navy. These particular special orders, called the Ref. 9401, only came with watch heads. This allowed service members to choose their preferred strap or bracelet to go along with it.

Fast forward a few decades, and left handed models are still practical tools. If you’re left-handed, of course you’ll find the Pelagos LHD to be a refreshing deviation from the norm in the world of technical dive watches. However, if you prefer to wear your watch on your left wrist even though you’re right handed, you’ll definitely appreciate the fact that the crown on the LHD won’t dig into your skin and cause discomfort.

One of the most significant features of the watch is its helium escape valve, which some may think is overkill even for a dive watch. However, Tudor isn’t one to fall short and there is a practical reason for its inclusion in the watch’s design. Those who do saturation diving will find that unlike other watches, the valve on The Tudor Pelagos LHD prevents the crystal from blowing off or the watch from breaking during decompression. Because helium molecules can’t easily escape the case gaskets of a watch during decompression, the helium escape valve releases them and prevents build up. Even if you’re not someone who goes saturation diving, how awesome would it be to say your watch is capable of pulling off such a feat?

Another remarkable feature of the Pelagos LHD that may also be considered a bit much for some is its water resistance. Few people will need to dive up to 500 meters, especially as a recreation diver. However, there are scores of people whose line of work involves diving to such depths, not the least of which are those in rescue operations and the military. Besides, even if you only do recreational diving, having this watch means you won’t ever have to worry about it being able to hold up to any depths that you go to.

Handsome Design

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When you look at The Tudor Pelagos LHD and compare it to the standard Pelagos watch, you’ll probably think it looks much the same. That’s because it is nearly identical as far as appearances and aesthetics go. Along with the crown’s placement on the left hand side of the case, one aspect of the watch that’s worth a mention is the five lines of text on the dial. There has been some talk about it appearing cluttered, but it’s truly a matter of preference. The brand’s name is written in red with the remaining four lines of text in white, which keeps the display from looking cluttered and doesn’t take anything from its overall appeal.

This small issue aside, the Pelagos LHD is a very handsome technical dive watch. Part of the reason that the Pelagos line has been so successful to date is that it flawlessly melds looks and style with function. There aren’t many dive watches that you can take from a weekend at the beach back to the boardroom, but this model is an exception. This particular model is also one of the few technical dive watches that many have splurged on just for its looks alone — that’s significant, considering the fact that the bulk of the watch’s price boils down to its features rather than its appearance. Still, don’t be surprised at all to see those who have never scuba dived in their lives flaunting this timepiece.

The watch comes with a rubber strap and a titanium bracelet, making it even more versatile fashion-wise. Speaking of the strap, the Pelagos LHD sports a feature that’s unique to the Tudor brand: a three position micro adjustment system that automatically fits to your wrist. This mechanism is helped along by a floating spring carriage.

For such a feature heavy watch, The Tudor Pelagos LHD isn’t weighty at all and feels fairly light when worn. The titanium construction of the case helps to that end, and the size of the case itself — 42mm — is big enough to be functional but not so large that it’s imposing. The bezel on this Pelagos model is unidirectional and comprised of ceramic.

Pricing and Availability

As far as value goes, The Tudor Pelagos LHD matches all other models in the Pelagos collection, meaning it’s an excellent buy for the technical features and precision that it offers. Just like a standard Pelagos watch, the cost of the Pelagos LHD is $4,000. The watch isn’t a limited edition release, but it is a numbered limited production watch. For now, this timepiece can only be purchased from official Tudor retailers in-store.

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