Tudor the younger brother of Rolex shocked the world back in 2010 when it went back to its root and re-introduces its coveted piece the Monte Carlo in Baselworld 2010. It was later known as the Tudor Heritage Chrono, a brand that has catapulted the Tudor back into the watch scene and away from the shadows of Rolex. In 2011, the Heritage tradition continued with a fancier dress watch that is the Heritage Advisor, built with a minute repeater inside, a worthy piece for a Rolex / Tudor collector but it failed to capture the magic that the Heritage Chrono had. Now in Baselworld 2012, everyone is expecting the return of Tudor's Submariner, and were they right. Tudor was generous enough to give us two new dive watches for 2012. The Heritage Black Bay with Tudor's signature snowflake hands back in the 1950s, built for vintage enthusiasts around the world and the new Tudor Pelagos, a true professional divers watch that comes with a clasp that can blow your mind.
Both piece are dedicated divers watch, the other a more professional piece. While the Black Bay is offered on a more traditional scale, continuing its vintage inspired design that the Heritage Chrono has started, the Pelagos is equipped with a more modern approach to diving, a self-adjusting clasp mechanism. The change in pressure in diving has haunted many divers in wearing a steel bracelet diving watch, as the contraction and expansion from the neoprene wet suit can disrupt the diver's comfort and view on the watch. Tudor has delivered an answer to those problems, with the Pelagos, that expands and contracts as the wearer descends in the water to ensure a snug fit always. Hit the video link below to see how this clever mechanism works.
In all essence, Tudor has delivered yet another winner for Baselworld 2012, and watch fans around the world will continue to be amaze with its direction. Let us hope for another winner come Baselworld 2013. Pricing for the two pieces has yet to be announced but words are flying around that they would be offered at a generous 3700USD to 4500USD. An extremely reasonable price for a true dive piece, bravo Tudor, bravo!