Tudor Pelagos 25600TN Black, 25600TB Blue Watches In-House Made MT5612 Movement Hands-On

Tudor Pelagos 25600TN Black, 25600TB Blue Watches In-House Made MT5612 Movement Hands-On

Tudor Pelagos 25600TN Black, 25600TB Blue Watches In-House Made MT5612 Movement Hands-On Hands-On

For 2015, Tudor has "reintroduced" the 25600TN & 25600TB Tudor Pelagos watch collection with both a blue-dialed version and a new movement. The big news from Tudor this year at Baselworld 2015 was the introduction of in-house made mechanical movements. Even though Tudor is owned by Rolex, its movements are produced and assembled entirely separately from those of Rolex. As of now, there are no plans for all Tudor watches to contain in-house versus sourced Swiss mechanical movements, but for 2015, the new Tudor North Flag as well as the Tudor Pelagos models receive the caliber MT5621 and MT5612 movements respectively.

aBlogtoWatch last visited the Tudor Pelagos back in 2013 for a hands-on review, after it was first released in 2012. While reviewing it, I learned that its modern yet refined looks appealed to me in a unique way as compared to Rolex's more expensive and very much "a classic" Submariner. While the Rolex Submariner has a 904L steel case which is 40mm wide and 300m water resistant, the Tudor Pelagos has a 42mm wide titanium case that is water resistant to 500 meters. So let me discuss the differences between the outgoing and now discontinued Tudor Pelagos 25500TN and the new-for-2015 Tudor Pelagos 25600TN and 25600TB watches.

Tudor Pelagos 25600TN Black, 25600TB Blue Watches In-House Made MT5612 Movement Hands-On Hands-On

To my knowledge, there are exactly four differences between the Tudor Pelagos 25500TN and the Tudor Pelagos 25600TN (which is just the black-dialed and bezel version, while the 25600TB is the new blue version). The first difference is the slightly revised text on the dial, now four-versus-two lines, adding that the movement inside the Tudor Pelagos is a COSC Certified Chronometer and the model name of the watch ("Pelagos"). The second difference, is, of course, the use of the in-house made Tudor caliber MT5612, versus an ETA 2824-2 automatic movement purchased from ETA. The third difference, is a slightly redesigned caseback, necessary because the MT5612 is not the exact same size at the 2824. The fourth new element is the addition of the blue version of the Pelagos that sits alongside the black-dial version.

Tudor Pelagos 25600TN Black, 25600TB Blue Watches In-House Made MT5612 Movement Hands-On Hands-On

Tudor Pelagos 25600TN Black, 25600TB Blue Watches In-House Made MT5612 Movement Hands-On Hands-On

If you are a serious watch person, then you will want to know as much about the movement as necessary - and the MT5612 certainly does not disappoint with its 70 hours of power reserve, 4Hz (28,800 bph) frequency operating speed, and use of silicon hairspring. Each Tudor MT5612 movement is sent out for COSC Chronometer certification, but Tudor proudly announces that in its tests, the MT5612 on average well exceeds COSC Chronometer standards of -4 to + 6 seconds per day by offering an average rate result of -2 to + 4 seconds per day. Overall, that sounds like a pretty nice movement to me. However, unlike the movement in the 2015 Tudor North Flag, this in-house made Tudor movement is not visible through the caseback. Then again, this is a 500 meter water-resistant watch.

For me, the Tudor Pelagos is the brand's most desirable product at this time, and I was actually surprised by how much I liked the reference 25600TB Tudor Pelagos with the blue dial and matching blue matte ceramic bezel. Blue was certainly an extremely common color trend at Baselworld 2015, with a lot of new timepieces being offered with blue dials. Having said that, I have discussed in the past how difficult it is to get a blue color right. Brands might spin their wheels a bit trying to successfully produce and market blue-dialed watches, but only the best will survive.

Tudor Pelagos 25600TN Black, 25600TB Blue Watches In-House Made MT5612 Movement Hands-On Hands-On

Tudor Pelagos 25600TN Black, 25600TB Blue Watches In-House Made MT5612 Movement Hands-On Hands-On

One difficult part with blue dials, is manufacturing them with consistency. The same exact production process with a tiny viable change can alter the color and ruin the production batch. For that reason, most blue tones are not only hard to find a formula for, but difficult to manufacture in any number. Tudor, of course, explained how they needed to go through hundreds of various blue shades to find this right one.

I don't know if I would say that I like the black Tudor Pelagos 25600TN better than the blue Tudor Pelagos 25600TB or vice-versa. They are both strong models of their own accord. Having said that, I feel that the blue 25600TN Tudor Pelagos is a bit more distinctive, as there really aren't other super matte-finished blue-dialed watches on the market that have that slightly three-dimensional feel of the Tudor Pelagos' face.

Tudor Pelagos 25600TN Black, 25600TB Blue Watches In-House Made MT5612 Movement Hands-On Hands-On

Tudor Pelagos 25600TN Black, 25600TB Blue Watches In-House Made MT5612 Movement Hands-On Hands-On

The decision of whether to get the updated Tudor Pelagos in black, or in the new blue is going to be difficult for people - especially if they have an existing model. To update it with a newer model is reasonable, but completely based on whether or not the person getting it is doing so for the added color or the new movement. If it is the latter, their outgoing Pelagos is probably going to be OK to stick with, unless they are the type of person who always must have the best in mechanical stuff.

The Tudor Pelagos in either black or blue continues to be an exemplary 500 meter water resistant sports watch with its class-leading titanium case (at this price point, it so easily is), legible tool-watch style, and features. Take, for instance, the deployant clasp on the bracelet which has three micro-adjust settings as well as the cool spring-loaded diver's extension style system which never stops being cool. There is also the fact that Tudor includes both a titanium bracelet as well as rubber strap (with extra diver's extension piece) with all new Tudor Pelagos models. Price for the 2015 Tudor Pelagos reference 25600TN in black as well as the blue 25600TB is 4,200 Swiss Francs (currently about $4,300), which is actually just a few hundred bucks more than the outgoing model without the in-house made movement. tudorwatch.com

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  • Gábor Katona

    Thanks for this article!
    New silicone hairspring is made by Tudor or by third party?

  • Normz

    Hat about the new 3oclock date window? The old version had a tiny and lumed marker beside the date window as well.

  • TerrenceHarrison

    Fifth Difference no marker at 3 o’clock position!

  • Toby Gilles

    Interesting thought in your video: “if you like the Pelagos you’re gonna like the blue.” I certainly appear in the minority but I love my original black Pelagos and think nothing much of the blue at all. Too bright, too matte (which is one of the things you and many others like about it), and not “special” enough. I tend to like blue watches but this one has got me stumped. I’ll stick with my black dial and 2/5 of the dial text! Cleaner, clearer, nicer!

  • Colin Watson

    Very nice U0001f603

  • That is a very nice and distinctive shade of blue, really set off by the matte effect. Has to be said. The size is great to. This will be one to try on.

  • Fraser Petrick

    I’m sure the Tudor people wait for the day when a review of their products does not include the “R”-word.

  • Stijn van Krimpen

    Fabian Smith

  • bnabod

    Looks ok but still think they write way too much on these dials

  • Grinnie Jax

    Newspaper style: when 4 lines of text is not enough, go for 5! The insert between the glass and the dial near the bezel looks very plasticky and cheap imo

  • bichondaddy

    Why all the writing on the dial……?  It makes what would be an nice clean looking dial look totally cluttered.   I actually like the blue dialed version with the blue strap….but the dial is just awful!

  • Astronuts

    These will make the frist versions collectable.

  • I don’t mind the text so much as the fact that it’s so close to the lower marker…If it were aligned halfway between the center of the watch and the 6 o’clock marker it would have been so much better.

    That said, I’d go for the blue one any time.

  • socabaptist

    Like the new movement, love the blue, Hate the text on the dial, I like the old version, would have to see it in person, The new movement along with the color, would sway me to the newer version – but that text!

  • f15soloist

    I’d be ok (small letters) if they got rid of PELAGOS. Curious to see what the secondary market prices of the original do.

  • hansgruber44

    Chronometer and the depth rating would be perfect; the other 3 lines are superfluous.  I’ll be keeping my old Pelagos for sure.  The simplicity of this watch (matte finishes, titanium) is what drew me to it.  The “diploma dial” completely detracts from that theme.

  • Ulysses31

    I still love it, but there’s too much text on the dial as others have pointed out.  Personally, i’d have widened the date window to match the size of the marker opposite (or, if you prefer, shrink that marker to match the size of the date window) for the sake of symmetry, and then lumed the date ring itself so you wouldn’t need a tiny bit of lume next to it.  In other words, make it serve as a date indicator AND a glowing marker.

  • Astronuts As thinks every owner/collector of any Rolex product that has been tweaked or discontinued 😉

  • Fraser Petrick Why would they? It’s what SELLS their watches!

  • RobbieKhan

    hansgruber44 I agree, I was actually maybe considering a moveemt swap down the line when my original is in for a service but it turns out the moevemnts are of different sizes so will likely not be a matching fit on the inside.
    Ah I don’t intend on shifting my Pelagos, and the 2824-2 is a brilliant movement so I don’t need to worry about the COSC qualification of the new one :p

  • Tekky

    “that slightly three-dimensional feel of the Tudor Pelagos’ face”… ummm… the thing is a monster.  How thick is it, 15mm?  It really is 3-D.  But watches, especially desk divers, need to be closer to 2-D to fit under cuffs.  If it’s going to be THAT 3-D, I want tritium hands or some other good reason for the thickness.

  • Fraser Petrick

    Chaz_Hen Fraser Petrick  Be that as it may, what about professional pride? Living off reflected glory cannot be gratifying, even when crying all the way to the bank.

  • Astronuts

    Chaz_Hen Astronuts Exactly…That’s why someday if I decide on any Tudor/Rolex product it will be pre sapphire.  One and done.

  • DG Cayse

    Tudor is building a strong brand. A strong identity of their own.
    Good for them.

  • Fraser Petrick Chaz_Hen Tudor benefits greatly from the relationship, regardless of professional “pride”. Look how many previously dead brands (reflected glory?) that have been bought and saved by modern marketing companies are laughing all the way to the bank: Baume & Mercier, Hamilton, Bulova, Glashütte Original, Panerai, and most recently Angelus (though it’s too early for Angelus to be “laughing” to the bank).
    I see possibly changing the name one day to “Manufacture Tudor”, but that’s about it.

  • smchngkt

    Too much of text on the dial has marred the otherwise nice watch.. Seems that come after Omega, Tudor becomes the most egregious offender in this conTEXT!

  • Need GMT Me

    A great new color and movement, the date position now without the little tab luminescent marker representing 3 o”clock looks clean and inherit of thoughtful design. The extra lines are much less of a distraction than a date-tab-marker could ever achieve and besides, it needed the model name on there followed by a statement of badassity.  If only there were a GMT option… it would then be the perfect traveling diver tool watch.

  • joshgraves

    Grinnie Jax I’m waiting for a manufacturer to build a bigger watch just so they can fit every trivial fact.  We need room for the alloy composition, the Rockwell hardness, owners initials, and which number this watch is in the series..

  • Grinnie Jax

    joshgraves Grinnie Jax I would also like to read on its dial whether it is analog or digital watch, what type of strap does it have, how many teeth on the bezel and other useful data.

  • TomBew

    I find all the text on the dial extremely off-putting.

  • Galvan

    TUDOR Watches are so nice, specially the Pelagos. They did a great job using their own in house movement. It increased the price, but I think is worth it. The blue color is nice, but i’ll stick with the black. 

    Great report Ariel.


  • rmiverson

    You missed one more difference! The little lume piece that used to be next to date window on the previous version is now gone from the current version. I think having it balanced the dial on the old Pelagos and is definitely noticeably missing from this new one. Sad because I would totally go for this new version over the old one if for no other reason than the in-house with 70 hours of PR, that’s a big selling point for the new one. 

    Also, its been mentioned that the case backs are different but how does this translate to feel on the wrist and is there a height difference?

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  • niclashill

    daviden men visst har IWC ok beggade för sub 20? EllenAmelie

  • daviden

    niclashill Oklar prisbild på begagnade IWC i titan… EllenAmelie

  • EllenAmelie

    daviden Hehe. Som sagt, ingen klocknörd. Jag kanske får börja i andra änden; se vad som finns och ju billigare desto bättre. niclashill

  • In the cone head planet, the hour hand is blunt.

  • Ilow

    I tried on a black version and was hoping I’d like it. Unfortunately it is really dull. Text on dial was very obvious as there is just nothing else to grab the attention. The matte finish makes a bland design worse. Time would slow down having to look at that face everyday.

  • JeffWard

    To those of you who criticize the amount of text on the new Tudor Pelagos, I would ask that you take a look at the Rolex Double-Red Sea Dweller, which also touts 5 lines of text…

  • RobbieKhan

    JeffWard Different watch, different aesthetic, I’m not seeing the correlation here… and it never came in a version with a cleaner dial. People are criticising it because the original Pelagos had a cleaner dial which suited the tool watch aesthetic and minimalist design of the entire watch.

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  • George Herbst

    Bump.. Five lines of text is a sufficient amount of cowbell.

  • Muhammed Flaifil

    Amazing watch, truly masculine. I have the black one. The five lines are really cool.

  • Justin

    Just ordered and purchased the black Pelagos through my Tudor dealer. Love this watch, one that is very versatile and functional, attributes of a true sport watch. But at the same time, it is elegant enough that I can wear it with my suit. Indeed a “One watch” solution in my opinion. This ultimate tool watch has taken over my Sea-Dweller for wrist time now.