THE NEW TUDOR
Developed in collaboration with a specialist unit of the French Navy, the Pelagos FXD is designed for underwater navigation and is optimised for professional use. TUDOR presents a technical watch with a unique set of specifications, developed in conjunction with the French Navy’s combat swimmers – the prestigious Commando Hubert.
Tudor’s History with the French Navy
TUDOR’s relationship with the French Navy, also known as the Marine Nationale, dates back to 1956, when the Groupe d’Étude et de Recherches Sous-Marines (G.E.R.S.), a scientific body attached to the French Navy, took delivery of Oyster Prince Submariner watches in order to assess them in real-life situations. The waterproofness of these watches was judged to be “perfect” and their performance “entirely correct” by the G.E.R.S. commanding officer at the time. More orders were placed, with TUDOR attaining the status of “official supplier to the French Navy” in 1961.
Emblematic Reference 9401
The French Navy would use many of the brand’s timepieces over the following decades – the most famous being the reference 9401, a TUDOR divers’ watch with an iconic blue dial and bezel. Engraved on the case back with the initials “M.N.” followed by the year of issue, the watches were delivered in two configurations, “Snowflake” hands and hour markers and later, with triangular hour markers. This model was launched in the mid-’70s and was supplied to the French Navy until the 1980s. It continued to be used into the 21st century, particularly at the French Navy’s diving school, as well as by combat swimmers. Although officially removed from the French Navy’s supply stocks some twenty years ago, it can still be seen on the wrists of reserve and retired sailors alike. The Pelagos FXD model is inspired by this emblematic reference.
A Bracelet Woven In The French Navy’s Heritage
Historically, the French Navy had TUDOR watches delivered without bracelets and then fitted them with their own handmade straps made from parachute elastic. The fabric strap of the Pelagos FXD pays tribute to these ultra-functional relics, inextricably linked to French military divers.
Woven in France by the Julien Faure company, its manufacturing quality, robustness and comfort on the wrist are unique. A new, highly technical strap constructed by TUDOR and Julien Faure, it is adapted for the rustic nature of the French Navy divers’ work. Made of a 22 mm navy blue polyethylene woven ribbon with a silver central thread, a titanium “D” buckle and a self-gripping fastening system, it adapts to different wrist sizes and is very comfortable to wear. By notable coincidence, Julien Faure has for many years woven decorative ribbons exclusively in its workshops, bearing the names of French Navy ships and forming an integral part of the legendary bachi, the red pompom hat worn by French sailors and quartermasters.
An additional one-piece rubber strap with an embossed motif and buckle is also included with the Pelagos FXD. It is the first time that this very supple, comfortable strap has been offered by TUDOR.