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Tudor Pelagos LHD M25610TNL-0001 Watch Review

Tudor Pelagos LHD M25610TNL-0001 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

I was hooked on the Tudor Pelagos LHD watch the first time I saw it in person. This review is going to be mostly very positive because I simply have a lot of good things to say about this timepiece. When Tudor errs, I’m happy to point it out, and regularly “check” the brand when I feel that its marketing or product design choices aren’t on par with what the storied brand deserves. When Tudor gets it right however, they produce something like the Pelagos LHD, which is a truly phenomenal modern diving sports watch.

Let’s first talk a bit about the modern history of the Pelagos and how the Pelagos LHD fits into the Tudor Pelagos family, which includes a few models. In short, the Tudor Pelagos LHD is distinct from the “standard” Pelagos models in mostly superficial ways – but meaningful ways. If the standard Pelagos is your awesome, modern dive watch with a no-nonsense stance of functionality and design, then the Pelagos LHD is the slightly quirkier model for seasoned enthusiasts that delivers all the same functionality and utility as the standard Pelagos, but with just a bit more personality.

Tudor Pelagos LHD M25610TNL-0001 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Tudor originally introduced the Pelagos dive watch collection in 2013 (aBlogtoWatch review here). To call the watch truly modern is a bit of a misnomer because Tudor clearly pulled a lot of design language from its past. Tudor and Rolex are part of the same foundation, and it has long since been clear that Tudor is the slightly more risk-welcoming arm of the group, and of course offers more affordable watches. People often thought of the Pelagos as the modern Submariner. In a lot of real ways they are competitors, even though the Submariner at retail can be about twice as much money. There needs to be that Rolex premium after all.

Tudor Pelagos LHD M25610TNL-0001 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Look at some vintage dive watches from Tudor and you’ll see where the “snowflake” hour hand and marker designs come from. This was from mostly the 1970s, I believe, when Tudor was trying to take Rolex’s signature dive watch dial design and modify it a bit so that there was less “model confusion.” Now watches like the Tudor Heritage Black Bay as well as the Pelagos prominently feature the block snowflake-style hour hand, and accompanying dial design elements.

Tudor Pelagos LHD M25610TNL-0001 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Other case design elements are borrowed from vintage Tudor designs, but mostly in cosmetic ways. I say that to explain that Tudor wasn’t held back by the need to pay homage to its history while developing the Pelagos. Rather, when they needed to figure out stuff like the design of the lugs, crown guards, hour markers, etc., they simply pulled from their history. All these arguably cosmetic elements (which can be designed in a slew of ways) are the skin on a very modern and solid tool watch.


Tudor Pelagos LHD M25610TNL-0001 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The original Pelagos watches had a limited lifespan because just a few years later Tudor decided to replace the Swiss ETA-sourced automatic movements with those produced in-house by Tudor. In 2015, aBlogtoWatch reviewed the Tudor Pelagos 25600 TB watch in blue, that sported the in-house made caliber MT5612 automatic movement. In addition to the new movement, the case was made a hair thicker, and the dial text changed a bit. The price of the Pelagos went up a few hundred dollars, but is still considered a very good value compared to the competition.

Tudor Pelagos LHD M25610TNL-0001 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Tudor Pelagos LHD M25610TNL-0001 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The Tudor Pelagos LHD was debuted (here on aBlogtoWatch) as a mid-cycle release toward the end of 2016. “LHD” stood for “left-handed,” meaning that the crown was placed on the left side of the case, versus the right side. Many left-handed people (not myself actually) wear watches on their right arm, given that the crown would be in the “right place” facing the wrist. Most left-handed watches are in fact not worn on the right hand, but rather on the left hand (as right-handed watches are) because people either like the look of the crown facing the direction, or because it increases wearing comfort as the crown is not in a position to dig into your wrist.

Tudor Pelagos LHD M25610TNL-0001 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Tudor claims that the impetus for the creation of the Pelagos LHD was in honor of some models they produced in the 1970s for left-handed divers in the French Navy. As someone who is left-handed (and dives), I’ve never actually considered taking an automatic watch off to wind once in a while a big deal, but it is a good thing to have watches out there with crowns on either side of the case. I say this to suggest that the left-handed position of the crown on the case has no functional value for me, but simply makes the watch a bit more unique among other Pelagos models – offering valuable personality that us watch nerds so very much enjoy in the watches we love.

Tudor Pelagos LHD M25610TNL-0001 Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Another cosmetic touch on the LHD which I really enjoy is the red “Pelagos” text on the dial. This is actually ironic because I recently criticized Rolex for doing the same thing on the new Sea-Dweller 126600. I find the red text to be a bit more distracting on the Sea-Dweller, and I also felt that it was too much of a direct nod to a vintage Sea-Dweller that is valuable today merely because it is less common. The 43mm wide Sea-Dweller is a cool watch for sure, but it doesn’t actually innovate – at least not as much as the Pelagos. So the red text on the Pelagos is not only a bit more aesthetically attractive in my opinion, but also feels like a less obvious nod to the past and doesn’t seem to try to define the watch as much in the Pelagos as it does the new Sea-Dweller. Again, it wouldn’t stop me from really enjoying the Sea-Dweller, but when it comes to $10,000 plus luxury watches, we are entitled to be extremely picky.

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What also captured my attention with the Pelagos LHD is the beige-colored hour markers, bezel markers, and hands. The off-white look is a bit easier on the eyes than the stark white of the standard Pelagos models, but retains an excellent level of contrast with the matte black dial – making for very good legibility. More so, the combination of black, titanium gray, and beige colors, in my opinion, works together very well.

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The dial of the Pelagos is really where you can make the most distinction points between it and a Rolex Submariner. The Pelagos dial is very useful, very legible, and also excellently designed for visibility as a dive watch. The more one uses a Pelagos, the more I believe one comes to appreciate the utility of the dial in a variety of lighting and reading environments. The flat, AR-coated sapphire crystal allows for excellent legibility even at extreme angles, and overall dial materials and proportions make for a really good tool.

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I keep saying “tool” over and over again in this review because I am trying to reinforce the point that the Pelagos is so successful in my opinion because it is first a tool, and then a luxury object of desire. Watches like the Heritage Black Bay are less about being tools and more about offering a “look.” The Black Bay is an excellent timepiece choice for a lot of people, but I feel if you are interested in dive watches for their utility, and appreciate a series of design touches related to that, then the Pelagos is far and away the path to take at Tudor.

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  • Pete Pete

    ugly, bland and cheap looking all at the same time. guess it’s the complete package.

    • PK

      At least it doesn’t have a wart on its date.

  • JayPizz

    Fantastic review Ariel.
    Just a heads-up for all you Lefty’s with a steel allergy (all 3 of you, myself included):
    That back plate and deployment clasp is made of 316 stainless steel.

    Hopefully Tudor will have the cojones to release more LHD models in the future like a version of the fabulous Black Bay Bronze One – LHD.

  • Tea Hound

    I like this watch – the looks, the size, the many neat design touches, the in-house movement, the leftiness of it and the individual serial number. But Tudor need to do four things, quickly, if all the goodwill built up from recent watch releases isn’t to be eroded:

    1. Ditch the Style, Glamour, Clair De Rose and Classic ranges – they’re all horrible.
    2. Publicise some of their other watches a bit more – they do an alarm for just over £4k, which apart from the odd shaped button on the left hand side, looks pretty cool. But we never see it.
    3. Put in-house movements in everything.
    4. Drop David Beckham as a brand ambassador right now. He and his dead-eyed wife are a horrible grasping couple and not the sort of people I ever want to see wearing a watch I might be interested in. They actively put me off buying a Tudor watch.

    • Pete Pete

      I’m rather sure that tudor chose mr. beckham for a reason. he’s exactly what they want to be associated with – him and lady gaga.

      • Tea Hound

        He’s exactly what they think we want to be associated with. And they are very wrong.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Like it.

  • Mark1884

    I have been a Tudor fan for some time. The Pelagos is a great watch, however I would not buy the left hand model. The blue dial Pelagos has been on my radar for awhile. I am happy to see that they are using their own in house movements.
    While this model is not for me, the Pelagos line seems like a solid quality watch to me.
    No pass on this – stop and hover.

  • Norbs K

    Great review!
    I’m torn between this, the Blue Pelagos and Black Bay Bronze.
    I don’t mind wearing right handed watches as a left handed, although it does put me off a bit to buy manual winds as depending on the size of the crown, I would have to take it off to wind it.
    This would be just right. Like the color combination and everything. The square indicators go well with the snowflake hand.

    Using titanium does make it attractive if we look at how much the watch weighs and the greyish color of the metal is really nice as well. But I’m going to share the fears of it being prone to scratches.

    Some people don’t like the brand ambassadors, but frankly I really don’t care abut them. Not a fan of Beckham, or that weirdo chick with the big glasses and meat costume…
    Oh yeah GAGA, that’s the name.
    Somehow my distaste for both really doesn’t change my fondness towards the watches.

    In all honesty, the massive a**holes you can come across wearing things you like should make me not wearing, or buying anything at all. As somewhere on this planet there is a pretentious p**k who wears the same thing.

    They could strap it onto a pig as all I care. If the watch is for my liking then I won’t care.

    • Norbs K

      Just dawned on me. I have a coworker who is a pretentious p**k and wears an Omega Speedmaster. One of the watches I wan’t to own in the near future.
      Does this put me off wanting, or buying that particular watch? Nope.

      Not one bit.

      I know he doesn’t deserve it as he doesn’t appreciate the history and the heritage of that watch and that pains me greatly, but I will try to live with it.
      And just cry a bit in my pillow every night.

  • TrevorXM

    The new Tudor Black Bay Steel wins out over this one for me. However if somebody wants to send me a Pelagos (right or left hand version) I would be willing to accept it if I had to.

  • dennis

    It’s just not worth the money, spend a little more and get it’s big brother,
    though i like the Tudor line.

  • Thomas

    That’s a lot of money to spend on explaining to people how a Turdor is almost as good as a Rolex

  • I like the resurrection of the pointed crown guards.

  • Middle

    I like this dial color better than the standard Pelagos, but why doesn’t the minute hand reach the minutes? And too much text.

  • Ross Diljohn

    To me it is a cheaper Rolex. That is Tudors niche.

  • SuperStrapper

    I always have people asking for left hand watch suggestions (My golf group has a disproportionate weighting of southpaws) under $5k and I keep forgetting about this one. Well worth consideration.

  • Chaz

    Got one a couple months ago. One of the best purchases I’ve made, IMO.

    Great watch…good looking…solid movement…ample power reserve. All the characteristics of a Sea Dweller or Submariner at a mere fraction of the cost AND a little uniqueness thrown into the mix (titanium/gas valve/glowing bezel numbers/left hand crown).

    Have it on an Erika MN strap now and it looks GREAT! OEM bracelet is a work of art as well. Definitely getting more wrist time than the others.

  • Pete L

    Kind of cool and quirky but I wouldn’t buy one. If you want a Rolex save up and buy a Rolex. I would buy an Omega.

  • John Stevens

    I like Tudor but everytime I see one, I think Rolex “but couldn’t afford it” just as I would seeing a Porsche Boxster instead of a 911.

    • Chaz

      Funny…I know what you’re saying but these new Tudors, being in-house and all, offer better value in a watch that can go head-to-head with Rolex. I have no qualms wearing Tudor knowing what’s inside the case. Plus I still rotate my four other Rolexes anyway (esp love the “Polar” 216570 for travel). Let the insecure collectors deal with others’ perceptions.

      I had a beautiful 1680 red that I unloaded recently because it was too much of an “investment” to be a daily beater and that outdated 1570 movement, though reliable, always ran too fast. Glad the market is hot now.

      BTW…I’d have NO problem driving some of the newer, beefed up Boxsters versus mall queen automatic 911s one sees ALL THE TIME.

    • TrevorXM

      I sure don’t. In fact, the appeal of a Tudor over a Rolex is that a whole pile of imbeciles would bother me or be rubbernecking if I wore a Rolex — half of them wondering if it was fake. I would feel far too self-conscious wearing a Rolex and would not enjoy it at all. Meanwhile, I would get nothing but pleasure from a Tudor like this or the new Black Bay Steel which I am strongly considering.

      And by the way, I have always driven a classic original series 911. That’s my current one in the picture. 1989 Carrera 3.2, last of the original 911’s (real 911’s that is — the others are only called that for marketing). And I don’t look down on Boxster owners in any way. I like them, too.

      • Chaz

        Oh my…just got a little excited.

        ANY mid-to-late 80s 911…stuff of dreams. (M6s too)

        Thanks for the pic!!!!!

    • Garrett Hu

      It’s indeed a common feeling, especially in the Asian community. Oh Tudor because you can’t afford a Rolex, or a Rolex Sub no date because you couldn’t afford the date function…I have heard it all before but I realize these people buy watches on a different pretense. As a WIS, we know there is not direct correlation to wealth, I once met a guy at a watch event that wore an SKX and said his father gave that watch to him then jumped in his Lambo. He also showed up in a P1 before as well so….

    • Mountainous Man

      Having owned both, I might agree with many Porsche enthusiasts in the know that the Boxster/Cayman is the better car, despite the price difference.

    • Marius

      I have a mate who owns a Boxter. He could afford a dozen 911s.

  • Larry Holmack

    I like the blue version…as I have a thing about not wearing a watch that has a black dial and bezel with white numerals.
    But….if they put anymore information on that dial…they’ll need to go to micro printing and give you an App for your smart phone so you can read all the crap on the dial! Put all of that junk on the case back, and you’ll have a much cleaner looking dial for heavens sake!!!

  • Nathan Likes Watches

    Not sure how I feel about the crown at the 9 o’clock position… But I do wear my watches on my left wrist so I can see how it would be nice to not have the crown digging in. The clasp is probably the most striking feature on this watch, everything else does look a bit standard.

  • Garrett Hu

    Thanks Ariel. The Pelagos has been one I have loved since day one and the LHD takes it a notch up. There is one down side to case treatment or hardening that it makes refinishing the case extremely difficult. I have been told it can’t (or won’t) be done. Now while I’m unsure if a hardened Ti or SS can actually be refinished technically, then of course needed to be retreated…perhaps replacing the case would be cheaper.

  • Pfft! That’s a handsome watch! I love the way the things play tetris in the ring thing! Seriously, if I could, I’d buy this in a secohhh that hideous red alternating stupid silly date thing! Oh, that ridiculous amount of text on the dial!

  • spiceballs

    OK design, great engine, case & strap but wonder how long the spring loaded extension would last, and never a fan of ‘snowflake’ hands. Plenty of alternates out there.

  • Hecho Encuba

    A most enjoyable and informative review, Ariel. Thank you!

    I own the LHD after having also considered the Pelagos Black. The “softer” styling of the LHD, from the marker color and shape to the overall tonal contrasts made it more pleasing to my eye. Rolex is in my stable as well and I’ve never considered Tudor, and specifically the Pelagos, to be a cheaper alternative to anything in the line. That said, the SD4K is a beautiful watch and wears every bit as well as the LHD. But it is a raw brute of a tool watch, a stunning combination of pure utility wrapped in a G&H suit. I love them both, but enjoy the LHD more, estimating 3 days worn to every 1 for the Sea-Dweller.

    I also agree that the 126600, as nice of an overall “upgrade” as it was from the 116600, is nothing particularly innovative. But then, such a step change really isn’t how Rolex does things.


    Funny most of the posts are explaining why the watch industry charges such outlandish prices for watches. Everybody is saying that it shows as a budget Rolex. Not that anything quality or design wise shows this but the NAME speaks this.

    Not all but the majority of men buy watches due to the name brand. Yes, they pick or choose a model within that name brand but they buy a NAMEBRAND not the watch itself.

    I think it is a great watch and do understand the cheaper mentality but I have had 2 the blue and the orig black. I will tell you the blue one caught the interest of everyone and nobody made the cheaper reference.

  • benjameshodges

    Great article, Ariel.

  • Ulysses31

    The continuing appeal of this watch is in the absolute focus on utility first. The Rolex connection is worth nothing to me here aside from the manufacturing quality. Here is a watch that scorns flash and bling and is all the better for it.

  • Matt

    This was a great article. I’m loving this piece the more I see it. Do you happen to know if Tudor would introduce this styling on the regular (non-LHD) Pelagos?

  • Boris N. Natasha

    not a left handed navy diver, more of a left-handed LA body surfer, i love where this watch is headed. Omega for example should take note. Boys just want to have a goto travel watch that can take them from the Uber to the Plane to the Meeting to the Beach and Back. Ever have a deployant pop open and find yourself with you watch in your hand on dry land? I have. Even worse, ever take your Omega Seamaster to Hawaii and have the clasp pop open and sea it on the ocean floor? I have. never been interested in Tudor. but as a leftie who wears his watch on his rightie — i’m now interested, not in this LHD perhaps, but Tudor LHD is officially on the radar!

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