Back when dive watches were only offered as right-handed versions, left-handed divers found themselves in the very unfortunate situation of having to wear their watch upside down on their right wrist. This meant they had to ignore the hour hand, and could only use the minutes elapsed calculating function so their dominant hand could work the wristwatch’s winder. While Tudor has previously accepted special requests to make left-handed models by professional divers — such as those from the French navy — the Swiss watch manufacturer will now extend this 35-year-old heritage piece to other “lefties” out there with the Pelagos LHD model.
Outside, this LHD (Left Hand Drive) version sees a facelift, albeit evoking the same nostalgia. Reworked with beige luminescent markings, the jet black dial also sees its date disc with numbers displayed in red and black alternating for even and odd numbers respectively, a look that’s been synonymous TUDOR’s dive watches, and lovingly nicknamed “roulette” date by collectors.
Powering the 42mm Tudor Pelagos LHD is the same in-house caliber MT5612 — specifically the MT5612-LHD version — which sees the crown and roulette date at the 9 o’clock position. A helium escape valve is also fitted to the watch lest you decide to partake in any saturation diving. Helium is the smallest gas particle to exist and usually manages to find its way inside a watch even if it’s waterproof. Over time, the collection of helium case will cause excessive pressure during decompression.
Its water resistance of 500m really is overkill unless you’re a U.S. Navy SEAL. It still runs at 4Hz, has a substantial power reserve of 70 hours and as you’ll notice on the dial, is COSC chronometer certified. You won’t be able to admire the matte sand-blasted and machine-tooled finishing of the movement with its solid case-back, but you’ll be reminded of how exclusive this watch is, because that’s where its production number will be engraved in large Arabic numerals.
Matching the titanium case is a bracelet of the same make, chosen for its resistance to corrosion by seawater. Light and almost 60% lighter than stainless steel, the strap is unique with a patented micro-adjustment system at its steel folding clasp. This self-adjusting mechanism enables contraction when the diving suit reduces in thickness during compression at depth, and expanding again when the pressure lessens during the diver’s ascension. An additional black rubber strap is provided as an alternative.
Tudor marketed the Pelagos LHD “for those who like it right”. This isn’t just a watch for left-handers; right-handers might find this a cool off-the-beaten-track alternative to the regular version. Besides, you won’t have the crown digging into your hand, though it might take a while — and a lot of awkward stares — when you try to unscrew the crown to set the time.