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Dive watches: Tudor Pelagos LHD caters to left-handers with an updated design

Deck Tudor offers a boon to divers who are lefties with the Pelagos LHD, somethign that had only been done upon request in tha past

Jan 09, 2017 | By Ashok Soman

Left-hand dive is finally available at Tudor, thanks to the Pelagos LHD (no prizes for guessing what that acronym stands for). A divers’ watch needs to be useful 100% of the time or it is actually just an expensive chunky toy and Tudor understands this well. In fact, watches like the Pelagos LHD illustrate the importance of UX and UI, as far as tool watches go. Indeed, the brand notes that left-handed professional divers might even resort to wearing their instruments upside down on their right wrists!

Tudor has been making divers’ watches for lefties, albeit only at the request of specific groups of customers, including the French Navy. The Pelagos LHD marks the first time Tudor is creating such a Left-Hand Drive timepiece for the general public. Interestingly, this is also the first watch from Tudor to be produced as a numbered series: each model has a unique production number engraved in prominent Arabic numerals on the caseback.

The dial of the Pelagos LHD has been revamped, now coming with beige luminescent markers and the Pelagos name itself in red at 6 o’clock. The date too undergoes a subtle change, with numerals now displaying in red (even numbers) and black (odd numbers). The rotating unidirectional bezel has also been given the beige treatment, with the luminescent markings on its ceramic disc matching those on the dial.

The brand notes that the calendar detail had a nickname (roulette) among collectors and first appeared in reference 7021 in 1969. No doubt these little details will be of special interest to keen-eyed fans of the model. Note also the snowflake hands used for the Pelagos LHD.

The movement here is the MT5612-LHD, which has been reconfigured to take into account the winding stem on the left. Everything else remains the same, including a COSC certification and the free-sprung oscillator with balance spring in silicon. Other elements such as the exceptional water resistance of the titanium case (500 metres) and the self-adjusting buckle for the titanium bracelet are retained (there is also a black rubber strap in addition, with divers’ extension link).

Specifications

Movement Automatic MT5612-LHD with date;

Power Reserve 70 hours

Case 42mm titanium

Water Resistance  Up to 500 meters

Strap Titanium bracelet with additional rubber strap

Price unavailable

 
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