The Tudor Pelagos FXD “MilSub”

by The Balance Coq

  • September 15, 2023

The new Pelagos FXD pays tribute to decades of TUDOR watches on the wrists of US Navy divers. Complete with fixed strap bars, a titanium case, a high-performance Manufacture Calibre and a unidirectional elapsed-time rotating bezel, it comes as the ultimate modern “Milsub”.

As early as the mid ‘50s, TUDOR diving watches were being tested and evaluated by a number of outfits inside the US Navy, and by 1958 they were officially adopted by the Navy and purchased for the purpose of issuing them to divers operating in various units. This Pelagos FXD model is the spiritual successor of those watches. The nomenclature hints at the background of the watch, with FXD referring to the incredibly robust FiXeD strap bars of the case. The model represents a modern, high-performance and robust take on the famed “Milsub” (short for Military Submariner) of yesteryear. Visually, it’s most in line with a late ‘60s-era TUDOR Oyster Prince Submariner reference 7016; it incorporates elements from the US military specifications for diving watches, such as fixed spring bars, as well as details inspired by other generations of issued TUDORs, like pointed crown-guards typically found on early TUDOR Submariners.

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Pelagos FXD Frontal sideways
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The 2023 Tudor Pelagos FXD has a 42mm satin-brushed titanium case with fixed strap bars, machined from a single block of titanium.  Unlike the original FXD’s bidirectional bezel, this new model has a unidirectional rotatable bezel in titanium with ceramic insert and 60-minute graduation filled with grade X1 Swiss Super-LumiNova® luminous material.  As expected for a watch paying homage to USN-issued MilSubs, the dial is an inky matt black dial with applied hour markers filled with grade X1 Swiss Super-LumiNova® luminous material.  Continuing to serve as the Pelagos FXD’s beating heart is the in-house Calibre MT5602 movement with 70 hours of power reserve.  For a bit of flair, the new FXD comes with a one-piece fabric strap with self-gripping fastening system in forest green with red central thread, as well as an additional one-piece rubber strap with embossed fabric motif.

In case anyone is wondering, there will be no caseback engravement (as is the case with the original blue Pelagos FXD), as watches issued to USN were not engraved.

Stay tuned for some live shots of the new Tudor Pelagos FXD soon.

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