For the longest time I craved one of those vintage Tudor Submariners. I just couldn't find one that I could afford since I was looking for a specific model and that had the original papers with it. You can see a great collection of vintage Tudor and Rolex at the anual UDT/SEAL reunion. Old warriors, and yong too, showing their battle-tested watches.
Tudor watches are made by Rolex. The Submariners is essentially the same watch as the Rolex Submariner, but without the in-house movement. Tudors use ETA movements. You can read the history of Tudor at Hodinkee.
Last year Tudor came out with a whole different watch on his diver's collection. The Pelagos.
The minute I saw this watch I knew I wanted it.
The Pelagos is a full Titanium watch, the first one that Rolex makes in this material. Case and bracelet are brushed to give a really classy finish. However, this watch was made to be abused. It's a tool watch.
I believe in quality. I believe that with proper care quality instruments will last a life time, and more.
So, with that in mind, I sold a vintage watch I had and bought one. These are not available in the US so I had to search, but I found one.
The watch has been with me during hikes, ice climbing trips, ops, on black tie parties and everywhere in between. It adapts and it performs. It's a great watch.
Here are some more pictures.
And a video showing the ingenious clasp. The only one of its kind.
More information here.