With a specialized unit of the French Navy, the Pelagos FXD model has been designed for underwater navigation and optimized for the professional, according to a number of unique specifications within itself.
Since the 1950s and TUDOR's creation of one of the first modern professional divers' watches to the 1980s, the brand has been an official supplier to the Marine nationale (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.
TUDOR announced joining forces again with the Marine nationale (French Navy) in 2021, and in doing so reviving a relationship that started in 1956 and lasted decades. Back then, the Groupe d’Étude et de Recherches Sous-Marines (G.E.R.S.), a scientific body attached to the French Navy and based in Toulon, took delivery of some Oyster Prince Submariner watches in order to assess them in real-life situations. They were references 7922 and 7923, both waterproof to 100 metres (330 ft) and fitted with self-winding and manual movements, respectively. The waterproofness of these watches was judged to be "perfect" and their performance "entirely correct" by the G.E.R.S. commanding officer at the time. Persuaded by the potential of the instruments offered by the Genevan brand, he quickly placed more orders, enabling TUDOR to attain the status of "official supplier to the French Navy" in 1961. A status that TUDOR enjoyed through the 80's
The single-piece fabric strap is one of the hallmarks of TUDOR, which in 2010 became one of the first watchmaking brands to offer it with its watches. Woven in France on 19th century Jacquard looms by the Julien Faure company in the St-Etienne region, its manufacturing quality, robustness and comfort on the wrist are unique. For the Pelagos FXD model, a new, highly technical strap construction was developed by TUDOR and Julien Faure, adapted here to the rustic nature of the French Navy divers' work. Made up of a 22 mm navy blue polyethylene woven ribbon with a grey central thread, a titanium "D" buckle and a self-gripping fastening system, it adapts to different wrist sizes and is very comfortable to wear. By notable coincidence, Julien Faure, a family firm created in 1864, has for many years woven decorative ribbons exclusively in its workshops, bearing the names of French Navy ships and forming an integral part of the legendary bachi, the red pompom hat worn by French sailors and quartermasters.
Underwater navigation consists of reaching a final destination in a longed sea to achieve a longed-for planned route without getting out of the water. Divers use this underwater navigation as a series of straight routes on a rope route known as a "lifeline". Designed to be found in a practice at each facility, it completes every single detail in great detail.
GUARANTEE: Five year Guarantee
Five-year transferable guarantee with no registration or periodic maintenance checks required
CASE: Titanium case, 42 mm in diameter, 12.75 mm thick, 52 mm from lug to lug, satin-brushed finish
Fixed bracelet bars
Steel case back
MOVEMENT: Manufacture Calibre MT5602 (COSC)
Self-winding mechanical movement with bidirectional rotor system
POWER RESERVE: Power reserve of approximately 70 hours
WINDING CROWN: Titanium crown, adorned with the TUDOR shield in relief
WATERPROOFNESS: Waterproof to 200 m (660 ft)
BEZEL: Bidirectional rotating bezel in titanium with ceramic disc, 60-minute retrograde graduation for navigation by successive stages
DIAL: Navy blue
CRYSTAL: Sapphire crystal
BRACELET: Fabric strap with self-gripping fastening system, navy blue with grey central thread
Additional navy blue rubber strap with woven motif and titanium buckle, included in the box