Watch this space: The meaning behind the Tudor Pelagos

If your specialist subject is Greek geography, you might know that Pelagos is a tiny village north of Tripoli on the Peloponnese mainland – and that it sits more than 650 metres above sea level.

It would make “Pelagos” an unusual choice of name for Tudor’s dive watch, were it not for the fact that the word means “sea” and, in the case of Pelagos village, refers to its proximity to a large oak forest – what the ancient Greeks saw as ‘a sea of trees’.

And if you plan to use a Pelagos watch for the purpose for which it was intended, there are few places as good as Greece in which to do so.

Although sport diving was long banned in many of the country’s waters, the rules were relaxed in 2005, opening up the clear azure seas to scuba divers and revealing treasures previously hidden for centuries.

Ancient amphorae, long-lost shipwrecks and a vast array of wildlife, from dolphins and loggerhead turtles to octopuses and even sharks await the adventurous in the Ionian, Aegean and Mediterranean seas surrounding Greece and its islands – and Tudor’s Pelagos is entirely fit for purpose for exploring them all.

The new 39mm model is practical for daily wear, but is a true diver’s “tool watch” with a salt-resistant, titanium case and bracelet, screw-down crown, 200 metres of water resistance and a scratchproof ceramic bezel.

As with all Tudor watches, a second strap is thrown in for free – and the price is so right that you might even have enough cash left over for a late-season plane ticket to “Hellas” and back.

Tudor Pelagos, £3,500; tudorwatch.com

Simon de Burton is a journalist and author who writes for the FT’s How to Spend It, British GQ and Boat International, among others

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