Tudor Pelagos 25600 TB Titanium Dive Watch Review

Tudor Pelagos 25600 TB Titanium Dive Watch Review

Tudor Pelagos 25600 TB Titanium Dive Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

What do you do when Tudor updates their most hardcore dive watch? You go diving. Following the Baselworld 2015 announcement of the refreshed Tudor Pelagos 25600, the only way I could expand upon Ariel's review of the original Pelagos was to try the new model in its element. With a brilliant blue Pelagos 25600 TB on wrist, I escaped Vancouver's tiresome mix of cold and rainy for the warm embrace of Pacific Mexico's Bahía de Banderas.

Tudor Pelagos 25600 TB Titanium Dive Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Bobbing up and down in the warm pacific surf, our tiny dive boat looked even smaller as it maneuvered towards our ragtag band of vacationing divers. Due to the lack of a functioning dock, we had been ferried to the rental skiff via jet ski, meaning we were limited to essential gear only for two leisurely dives at Malinal, a large rock passage in a wide bay near Punta Mita, Mexico.

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While tropical diving doesn't require a vast amount of gear, the necessary fittings are designed exclusively for use underwater. Wearing dive gear on the surface is cumbersome, heavy and far from sartorial. The one exception, as you might have predicted, is the dive watch. Designed to seamlessly transition from the office to the pool to the sunken hull of a long forgotten ship, a good dive watch is a cut above standard dive gear.

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As I hung on the surface, held aloft by my BCD, my hands preoccupied fiddling with my camera, the bright sunlight reflected off the calm surf, casting wild crystalline rays of light across the rich blue dial of the Tudor Pelagos on my wrist. While it would be easy to say that few watches looked more at home half submerged in the Pacific, that doesn't capture the true nature of the Tudor Pelagos. This watch always feels at home; its capable and focused design lends an air of unflappability; the Tudor Pelagos never seems out of its depth.

Tudor Pelagos 25600 TB Titanium Dive Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Tudor originally launched the Tudor Pelagos in 2012 with a black dial and an ETA 2824. At Baselworld 2015, they announced the updated Tudor Pelagos, available in black (25600TN) and blue (25600TB). Along with the new color option, Tudor also fitted their popular tool watch with a new manufacture movement - the MT5612. We covered all of the details at launch, but in brief, the MT5612 is an in-house automatic movement providing time and date at 4Hz, with 26 jewels, and a 70 hour power reserve. Differentiating a 2012 black Tudor Pelagos vs the 2015 is easy: the 2012 has two lines of text above six o'clock, while the 2015 has a a much more noticeable five lines. While it's definitely a lot of text, and I prefer the look of the "two liners," I quickly got used to the additional prose, and after a short time, I barely noticed it.

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Apart from the blue option and the MT5612, the Tudor Pelagos sticks with the winning design of the original, using a 42mm titanium case that is 14.3mm thick and 50mm lug to lug. The Tudor Pelagos includes two mounting options, an excellent titanium bracelet, and a supremely easy-wearing rubber strap. I wore both extensively, and I'm sure that if I had a Tudor Pelagos to call my own, I'd alternate between the two with frequency: both are great.

The bracelet looks perfect and is nicely integrated with the case via solid end links that are also used to mount the rubber strap. Thankfully, the bracelet uses single-sided, screwed end links, so removing links requires just a single fine screw driver. Once you have the bracelet close to size, the Tudor Pelagos' remarkable clasp comes into play.

Tudor Pelagos 25600 TB Titanium Dive Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Tudor Pelagos 25600 TB Titanium Dive Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Tudor Pelagos 25600 TB Titanium Dive Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The Tudor Pelagos (both 2012 and 2015) features a trick clasp that allows you to select one of three micro positions without the use of a tool. There is also a spring-loaded setting that allows for automatic adjustment while wearing the Tudor Pelagos on a wetsuit sleeve which will compress at depth. Finally, there is a discreet folding dive extension that will allow use with thicker wetsuits. If you want to see the a more visual explanation, check out the included video.

For traveling to Mexico, I opted to mount the included blue rubber strap. After removing the bracelet, you simply mount the strap into the bracelet's end links for a simple and very comfortable connection with the Tudor Pelagos' case. The water was warm enough that I didn't require a wetsuit with sleeves, so the Tudor Pelagos required no adjustment for diving. Were I diving back home in the colder waters around Vancouver, I would use the included extension strap, which would allow me to wear the Tudor Pelagos over my bulky drysuit.

Tudor Pelagos 25600 TB Titanium Dive Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

Tudor Pelagos 25600 TB Titanium Dive Watch Review Wrist Time Reviews

The two mounting options may provide a different look and feel, but both offer a comfortable and effective way of wearing the Tudor Pelagos, even when diving. One word of caution: if you plan to get a Tudor Pelagos, I'd recommend buying spring bar pliers rather than relying on the normal one-sided spring bar tool or screwdriver to remove/mount straps. The tolerances and tool accesses are quite tight, and a proper tool will prevent scratches and difficulty when changing straps.

What do you think?
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  • ConElPueblo

    Love the watch, but the dial litterature kills it for me – it looks as if it should have had “In a galaxy far, far away” as the first line.

  • john coleman

    Beautiful watch. Great video. Thanks.

  • iamcalledryan

    A super handsome diver. Although it looks great in the rubber strap, the lugs are so integrated for the bracelet it looks a little off at that end.

  • Adam Young

    A great review. It’s definitely a modern looking diver, but with that classic profile and layout.

    Also I have to give 10/10 for photography here. You should sell that photo of the watch in the waves to Tudor as they could stick that on the front cover of their brochures!

    • I second that – James did a great job with the photos.

  • CortexUK

    I could spend the next ten minutes finding 50 watches that look almost exactly like this and are made to a similar quality. A few will be cheaper to buy. And almost every one of them will have fewer words stamped on the face.

    • iamcalledryan

      You might, but you would find plenty disagreeing with you on the comparable quality and aesthetic of some the others, not all, but not none.

      • CortexUK

        I did say look, and similar quality – not functionality. And since 99.9% of diver watches only ever get wet when it is raining and the wearer forgot to wear a coat…

        • iamcalledryan

          I think functionality on a tool watch is of too much importance to be set aside by a prospective buyer. Even without a Rolex movement, there is too much Rolex quality and engineering in this piece, and additional style and attitude, to disappear into a fleet of 50 other “sames”.

          • CortexUK

            Fair enough.

      • CortexUK

        You keep changing your comment. I’ve now seen three versions. I think I answered the second.

        • iamcalledryan

          LOL – sorry, I am an aggressive self-editor.

      • BNABOD

        here is one kind of Chr Ward C60-42 trident cosc. 600 H20 resistant, cosc certified movement in house made, 120 hours of power reserve, useless escape valve included as well, ceramic bezel. Yes not in titanium but for 2K and the other day you could have had it for 25% off sure is a strong competitor for half the price. don’t think Ti for such a watch that will be banged around is a plus imo.

        • iamcalledryan

          A good alternative. Tudor wins on design though, whereas CW’s designs come across a little borrowed. But it’s a solid alternative for someone not enamoured by the look or price of the Pelagos.

          • BNABOD

            true on the borrowed pieces in terms of design. for sure not unique but half the price is hard to ignore.

    • DanW94

      That circular logic can be applied to almost every watch that’s reviewed here. There’s more often than not a similar looking, functioning and/or lesser priced watch (quality withstanding) out there that will do the job. Doesn’t detract from the fact that this a handsome watch with some nice features (I love the bracelet). The price might dissuade you and me but perfectly suit someone else.

    • David Bidwell

      You have realize there are (especially) non-American buyers that prioritize name (cache) over value in the decision process.

  • Twinbarrel

    This watch looks fantastic on the wrist too. I had the pleasure of trying it on at a retailer a few weeks ago after passing by the display a few times. As if magnetized it begged for my attention. That blue is like no other watch and wrist appeal unsurpassed. As far as pricing it’s a little bit up there but realizing this Tudor will certainly hold value better than many others it isn’t a bad deal.

  • SuperStrapper

    Probably my favourite Tudor dial, in both colour and layout, and it really looks great on the bracelet. I would rather 904l over Ti though, so that it looks great next week too.

  • BNABOD

    aside from the prose as stated in the article, it is a nice piece. get rid of :”rotor self winding” that adds nothing and maybe change the font for the cosc trext. not like there isn’t plenty of real estate on that dial to do better w the text. not sure how I feel about Ti I am quite OCD about things and like to maintain them in pristine condition so I may not do so well w it mentally that is.

  • Aaron Wood

    I agree with those who say that there is just too much writing on the dial. As a relative noob is there any difference between rotor self-winding and automatic? Would look a lot better as just automatic chronometer and lose the officially certified.

  • TrevorXM

    I disagree with those who object to the paragraph of writing on the dial. It wouldn’t be a Rolex product without a bunch of hyperbole on the dial. After all, Rolex is the Donald Trump of watches, and this is son of Trump. I think at this price point it represents decent enough value. It’s no Damasko DK10, but I am sure that for those who think scratches and scuffs on their watches “add character” and want to actually go diving and need mega-lume it’s the right choice.

    • iamcalledryan

      Lol, no way, Rolex have earned their superlatives, Trump has bought his. Trump is perhaps more like a garbage Kickstarter watch that is claiming to be the ultimate in luxury but has no idea what a movement is.

    • Boogur T. Wang

      You might want to ask the modulators of this board to make all of your posts GREEN in colo(u)r. Your “Trump-envy/fear” is obvious.
      By the by, what watch does Trump wear?

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I echo peoples comments on the unnecessary cluttered writing on the dial. That aside great watch.Lovely face. Lovely movement, lovely colour, lovely everything.

  • Marius

    In my opinion, Tudor is in a similar position to the Porsche Cayman. Porsche designed the Cayman from ground up, as a proper new sports car, yet it cannot exploit its full potential as it would make it a better car than the iconic 911. Similarly, Tudor wants to be perceived as a fresh, new but, in the same time telling you about Rolex parts, Rolex quality control, etc., thus, implicitly, recognizing that Rolex makes a superior product.
    Also, I find this watch overpriced. OK, it has an in-house movement, but so does Nomos, and a better finished one at that, for half the price. And the titanium case and ceramic bezel are, as a reader mentioned, already available in much cheaper watches such as Chr.Ward, or Steinhart.

    • iamcalledryan

      It is an interesting analogy. You talk about limitations on future potential but neglect to factor in the massive barriers to entry that Rolex/Porsche disabled for their little start ups. So you can just as much argue that they would never exist were it not for the production and r&d that existed as a result of their parents.

      Also the Nomos has nothing in common with The Plagos short of in-house status. I don’t know anyone who shops for a watch on only that criterion.

      • Marius

        I agree that Tudor also has advantages by its connection to Rolex, but personally, I would never buy a Tudor, I just don`t like them at all. Better save up and buy a JLC instead.
        I used Nomos as an example for a really good in-house movement at half the price. Now I know, they are different watches, but, for instance, when I buy a watch, I also look at the budget, and not necessarily at the complication. In a way, I look at what`s the best watch I could find for a given budget, and at over $4,500, I wouldn`t buy the Tudor.

        • iamcalledryan

          We may disagree on certain things, but we both wear “I heart JLC” t-shirts.

          I think my next watch is going to be the Geophysic True Second, and then the GS Snowflake – imagine a high end electro-mechanical with sweeping seconds and a fine mechanical with a dead second – it will confuse so many people!

          • Marius

            I agree, the Geophysic True Second is one of the coolest watches around, with an incredible movement. That watch will surely suit you well. The GS is also a super watch. Funnily enough, I am also thinking about the JLC Geophysic, I have to go to Paris next month, so I hope to see one in the flesh.

  • wallydog2

    Sure is blue.

  • wallydog2

    Advice to Tudor marketers: banish the upper case letter R.

    • Joel B.

      The font is Arial. It’s a two-bit rip off of Helvetica, and has no place on Swiss watches.

  • Larry Holmack

    Since I only swim at the local YMCA when I am at my Physical Therapy classes, I see no need for a 600 m WR watch with a helium escape valve…etc…etc….all at a price of $4500!! Yeah….I love the blue dial and bezel….and the blue rubber strap is pretty nice also. But man…Ti scratches just looking at it the wrong way….but…that’s just me. I’d rather have a new Seiko Prospex Auto divers watch….day and date…200 m WR and it’s on sale at a few websites for $250. Now that’s a bargain….and the other $4250 can stay in my bank account for things like the rent, utilities, insurance….etc.

    • Boogur T. Wang

      Buy a G-Shock for < USD$100.00

      • Larry Holmack

        Yep…already have a couple….and they work great in the water. Going to add the new Timex Expedition Grid Shock to my digital collection, just because it’s cool looking and under $80!!!

  • Stephen Scharf

    Very good and well-written review, James, thank you. Having just purchased Black Bay Blue two days ago, personally I find the Pelagos Blue to be “too blue”. Don’t care for the shade, and there’s just too much of it. Also, I don’t like all the lines of text on the dial or the calendar window. Adds unnecessary clutter to the dial, IMO. Also, while other’s may place an importance of an “in-house” movement as a requirement for a watch, there’s virtually no data that demonstrates that an in-house movement is more accurate, reliable, or durable than a “not-in-house” movement e.g. a Sellita, Soprod, Seiko, whatever. Excellence in functionality is the result *how* a design is executed into an embodiment, not *where*. As such, if I were a diver like you, I’d take the Sinn T-2 over the Pelagos, and pocket the extra cash (the T-2 is better-looking, IMO, too) for other dives.

  • Ulysses31

    What a failure. I want to know the depth rating in furlongs, yards, cubits and baguette-lengths too. There’s still plenty of room on the dial for additional bullshit. It’s the same nice design as usual. I wonder how many more times they’ll rinse and repeat before coming up with something new. Perhaps we’ll see a bronze edition or a lilac dial etc.

  • Waikato7

    I like it. A lot.

  • mtnsicl

    Pretty ice watch, great article and great pictures. I love Ti watches. Quality Ti holds up really well. However, the stubby hour hand is very strange.

  • Bert Kanne

    Too bad it scratches…I’d rather see someone copy it for far less in 316L with a high end Seiko automatic movement for under 1K.

  • Shinytoys

    A lot to love here. First, superb review by Mr. Stacey. The video is the best I’ve ever seen both in content and clarifying the product. Second, for the money, this is a great watch above and below water. The adjustable locking clasp is terrific. The lume is excellent, and the bezel is super tight and designed properly with just a slight overhang out over the face so gloved divers don’t have to wrestle with it. The helium pressure release is very cool, but for most divers, we’re simply not going that deep. For a professional who work way down low in the murky depths, this may be the hot ticket. The in house movement is also something I look for in a dive watch. You have an amazing array of flexibility with the rubber strap which I have never seen before on ANY dive piece included from the factory. Add to that the metal bracelet and the super trick adjustable clasp and you have a real solid divers tool. This watch and review have gone a long way from my thinking in the past that Tudor was the bastard child of Rolex. Well done!!

  • sfbaydawg221

    Some of the dial text needs to be left for the box and papers.

  • Juan-Antonio Garcia

    Looks nice, but the design of the hour hand, kill it for me.

  • Boogur T. Wang

    Another GREAT review Mr. Stacey.
    And great pics/video also. Well Done!

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  • funNactive

    A lot of bang for the buck here (price to features/quality) – Like a Corvette, competes at a higher price point for the performance.

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  • BasDidge

    Good review. Tried on the blue version. On wrist, barely noticed all the lines of text. This is the first watch where I’ve found the macro photography actually takes away from the design. It makes the snowflake hand and hour markers look silly and obtuse. Take the time to try it on. They did a great job designing this watch. That being said, I’ll remain on the fence.

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  • T de B

    Nice review. Couldn’t agree more. I’m in the luxury position of having a couple of nice divers including Rolex Submariner, Omega Planet Ocean, Seamaster 300 and not a diver but the new Explorer 2. Of all these watches i wear my Pelagos( black 2liner version) the most. It’s really such a great watch. Super comfortable. With 42mm the absolute perfect size. Sub (40mm) is on the smaller side…the planet ocean(45.5mm) a tad to big ….42mm is really perfect. It’s light, the clasp makes it literally a seconds work to adjust bracelet size. The bezel is without exaggerating the best. Superior to Rolex and Omega’s bezels. So is the lume.The overall build quality easily on par with it’s more expensive competition. Except for the ETA movement(my 2012 model) i will go out on a limb to say it really can hold its own against Rolex & Omega and even exceeds them in a couple of ways. Grey market about €3000 ..including a super quality rubber strap. An absolute steal. Even thinking of adding the blue version as well. Highly recommend the Pelagos.

    P.s..i think the helium valve looks really cool and definitely shouldn’t be removed like the reviewer wants to. It gives it that bit of extra coolness. Like the Omegas don’t really need the helium valve wheel but it gives them their own distinctive look.

    • T de B

      To add to that…I think the photos don’t do it justice. The side of the dial and markers are raised and kind of 3d. Its really something. Myself don’t have issues with titanium that get scratched easily. Its fine. I actually think the only steel part of the watch (the clasp) scratches far more. The hour hand is maybe not for everyone including myself. Wasn’t sold on it right away but after owning and wearing it for a few days I didn’t have any issues with it anymore. It kinda grows on you. This is the kind of watch that will be double the price years from now…like the submariner is almost doubled in price since I bought it 2008..and then you hit yourself…why didn’t I buy it back then when it still was reasonable priced…

  • Chen Tong

    Bought it straight away when newly launched back in 2015 without 2nd thought….Love the blue color very much….Great watch just as James described……