This new replica Tudor Pelagos Diver Titanium 500M automatic diving watch appears to be strongly influenced by the 1968 Tudor Snowflake Ref. 7021 model, but, not being a tool watch any longer, looks more refined than its predecessor. On the heels of the recent Tudor Heritage Black Bay 200M Automatic Diver (Ref. 79220R)the Swiss watchmaker has also presented another model that seems to be inspired by their “classic” pieces. Although clearly not a reissue in the true meaning of the word.
The square-box shaped hour markers are integrated into the bezel flange and the hands seem to be a trifle wider. The famous magnifying lens over the date window has also gone, which is a pity.
When I compare pictures of the classic timekeeper and the new version, I only see very minor differences between the two. Compared to the Snowflake, the new Tudor Pelagoshas a more subtly notched bezel, as well as more delicate crown with less prominent crown guards.
Also, this model features a very impressive (although not really practical) water resistance rating of 500 meters and even sports a helium release valve (at 9 hours) that saves the sapphire crystal from popping out during fast decompression.
Oh, and, measuring in whole 42 millimeters in diameter, the new model, which is now crafted not from steel, but from lighter titanium alloy, is two millimeters wider than the original.
Trying to differentiate Rolex and Tudor brands, the Swiss watchmaker has always adhered to “no in-house movements for the poor man’s Tudor copy watch” and this model is no exception here.
Frankly, I would probably prefer the mechanism to also be upgraded to something close to COSC standards: for the price, you can find a number of quite interesting timekeepers from more established brands that will probably also be better at holding their resale value. Powered by the well-known ETA 2824 automatic ebauche, the new Tudor replica watch brings you the same 38 hours of power reserve and the same mix of robustness and reliability, but adds a branded oscillating weight, which is decorated with Geneva stripes, as well as sports circular-grained plates and bridges.