The Pelagos FXD has been awarded in the diving watch category at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève held last night in Geneva. In this category compete for the best diving watches in the world, whose functions, design, and materials are suitable for aquatic use. A select jury from the watch industry has been commissioned to select the Pelagos FXD as the “Best Diving Watch”.
Created in collaboration with a specialized unit of the French Navy, the Pelagos FXD model has been designed for underwater navigation and is aimed at professional use. Tudor’s relationship with the French National Navy dates back to 1956 when the Toulon-based G.E.R.S Groupe d’Étude et de Recherches Sous-Marines (Underwater Research and Study Group) received Oyster Prince Submariner watches for evaluation. The commanding officer of the G.E.R.S considered the water resistance of these watches to be “perfect” and their performance “totally correct”.
Convinced of the potential offered by the Genevan brand’s watches, he placed a new order for watches, making Tudor an “Official Supplier of the French National Navy”.
TUDOR divers’ watches remained in production for the next few decades. Today, the best-known TUDOR watch used by the French Navy is the reference 9401 with its iconic blue dial and bezel. The bottom of the case had the inscription “M.N” followed by the year. Watches were launched with “Snowflake” hands and triangular hour markers.
This model was launched in the mid-1970s and was regularly supplied to the French Navy until the 1980s. It continued to be used throughout the 21st century by the French Navy diving school and by combat swimmers. Although it was officially discontinued twenty years ago, it can still be seen on the dolls of the reserve and retired sailors. The Pelagos FXD is inspired by this emblematic model.
This award represents the eighth obtained by Tudor in its ten years of participation in the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.