Rolex Lite

The phrase, “Just as good as a Rolex” used to describe wristwatches is never true, except in the instance of the Tudor Pelagos 39.
Words by Bill Lindsey | November 26, 2023 | Luxury

In 1946, Hans Wildorf launched the Tudor brand of wristwatches with the intention of competing with Rolex by offering high-quality, reasonably priced models. What makes this noteworthy is the fact that Wildorf launched Rolex 40 years earlier. Initially released in 2012, the Pelagos, which bears a strong resemblance to its cousin, the iconic Rolex Submariner, was updated last year as the Pelagos 39. The sunray satin black dial with a matte flange is accented by hour markers crafted of a monobloc luminescent ceramic composite for optimal visibility in all light conditions. The black ceramic uni-directional bezel slightly extends beyond the housing to ensure maximum grip. The Grade 2 Titanium case, which is easily adjustable for wear over a wetsuit, features a matte/shiny finish, was slightly reduced from 42mm to 39mm, while the matching bracelet features a secure t-fit clasp. A traditional black rubber strap is also provided. All things considered, this is a world-class dive watch, even if it is not overly expensive;