On our editorial call where the team comes together and plots the upcoming content, we broached this very subject and we all nodded in agreement when our resident viking, Thor, proclaimed a steel case copy Tudor Black Bay Fifty-Eight Navy Blue Marine Nationale on a fabric strap as his prediction. With this watch being the closest thing to Marine Nationale watches of the past, it would be the easiest thing for Tudor to put together – perhaps distinguishing the watch from the standard production Navy Blue with a co-branded dial or even an engraved/commemorative caseback.
Tudor Marine Nationale Pelagos Copy With Blue Bezel
Personally, I think the best move for Tudor x Marine Nationale would be to do something special with the Pelagos diver. If I were in the military, of all the divers in the catalogue the Pelagos would be my pick to wear. Why? It has the greatest depth rating being water-resistant to 500 metres. It has a robust titanium case and matte ceramic bezel that will stand up the best to daily wear – especially in regard to military routine. Lastly, the blue dial of the Pelagos has the strongest association with the squared hour markers of the vintage ref. 9401 Snowflake and is effectively that aesthetic re-interpreted into modern production.
The luminescent material on the bezel and dial provides ample legibility in darker settings and the stepped dial makes the time that much more readable. The bracelet extension system is perfect for those who find themselves in and out of wet-suits, the patented Tudor extension system self-adjusting as the watch is worn. If they wanted to break the internet it could even be an opportunity to introduce the perfect copy Tudor Pelagos in a 40mm case, but realistically I do not see that happening. It would be a crazy mic-drop moment though. As the watch currently stands, however, I do believe it would be the best fit for the partnership in the modern era and would elevate the attention towards the robust diver.