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Old 18 November 2018, 12:35 AM   #1
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A thing of ingenuity Tudor Pelagos Clasp

I never got around to wrapping up my review of the Tudor Pelagos Blue so here is the final part. After a year on rubber it is back on the titanium strap with ss clasp.

The Pelagos clasp is a modern work of horological art. Industrial, complex and unique in design there is nothing else that compares on the market. It also happens to work extremely well. As many of you know it is spring loaded and moves with your wrist to expand and contract. While this is great on paper, on the wrist it is even more comfortable than pen to paper could describe. Rolex may have glidelock, but when your wrist swells mid day Tudor has invented an automatic solution.

The details are what really makes the clasp. From the three static micro settings to the ceramic balls in the interior if the divers extension, yes divers extension, the design does not disappoint. So I will let the pictures do the rest but you may ask, do I have any complaints about the clasp? No, I do not. And that in and of itself is quiet an accomplishment in a world where even micro adjustments are not a given.
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Old 18 November 2018, 12:38 AM   #2
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He Eliot great job on that!
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Old 18 November 2018, 01:16 AM   #3
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I completely agree!

As cool as the glidelock design is, the Pelagos clasp is the best anywhere. I really enjoy its unique engineering every time I wear it.
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Old 18 November 2018, 08:36 AM   #4
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It's a great clasp design, indeed. As a diver descends, air bubbles inside a neoprene wetsuit compress and a watch will start to fit loosely on the wrist. If you set your clasp somewhere in the middle of the spring range, it will compress on its own and stay tight to the wrist.

Dive watches with rubber "accordion" style straps work the same way. Tudor figured out how to do it with metal.

I'm sure non-divers can benefit as well if one's wrist expands, although that wasn't the primary intention.

Tudor truly does make tool watches.
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Old 18 November 2018, 09:06 AM   #5
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I was encouraging a friend of mine to consider a Pelagos one day, when the sales girl told him that the springs in the clasp are so you can tell if you go too deep when diving.

I managed to control my laughter and quietly told him what they are for when we left.
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Great review, thanks
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Old 29 November 2018, 07:11 AM   #7
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Agreed that the Pelagos has the best clasp of them all, certainly from all those I’ve tried. What I really don’t understand is why Rolex don’t use this clasp, or a more expensive version of it? Why wouldn’t they? It’s awesome.
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I quite often sit there just opening and closing the clasp on mine, I love the feel of the little lifting tab and how it snaps when you push the lock over clasp onto the ceramic balls.
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thanks for this i did not know. very interesting.
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Fascinating- thanks for your perspective. I have the 116610LV and love the glidelock, but I'm also am interested the blue Pelagos and now I'm really sold on getting it.


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Old 30 April 2019, 12:22 PM   #11
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Fascinating- thanks for your perspective. I have the 116610LV and love the glidelock, but I'm also am interested the blue Pelagos and now I'm really sold on getting it.


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I just got a Blue Pelagos, and the clasp is fantastic. The whole thing is fantastic.

One feature that tI think is cool is the difference in finishing on the clasp, it's all brushed, except the little shield shaped panel that says TUDOR is blasted/frosted.

Fancy schmancy. I'm REALLY impressed with this watch.
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