The Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver is a vintage dive watch which have struck a chord with the Pontos S Diver.
Maurice Lacroix is no stranger to the sports watch category, having a robust line of over sized chronographs within the Pontos line perfectly content with living and dying with the trends. They have never been watches to garner much attention from the enthusiasts among us. Lacroix has gone to great lengths to change that perception, and though remnants of the old still linger, watches like the Pontos S Diver offer a promising glimpse at what we can expect moving forward.
The Pontos S Diver is 43mm in diameter, but wears closer to a 40mm thanks to its internally set bezel and the well thought out proportions of the case. The lug thickness is spot on and provides a confident visual base for the rest of the watch on the wrist. The crown to adjust the bezel is prominently placed at 2 o’clock and helps to shrink the perceived diameter of the watch.
The bezel is easily manipulated through the extra crown, which features a rubber trim to combat day to day wear and tear. The bezel itself displays the only arabic numerals, marking every ten paces of the second and minute hand. Paired with the minute demarcations between the hour indexes and it’s easy to get the impression that this is a watch intended for short timing intervals. Useful stuff for a dive, slightly less so for the 9 to 5 grind.
The watch is offered on either a leather NATO strap or a stainless steel bracelet. Looks wise, the leather fits the personality and has obviously been made with the Pontos S Diver in mind. It is of fantastic quality and feels great on the wrist until moisture enters the game. Just don’t run your local 5k with this thing strapped on tight.
Inside the Pontos S Diver beats the automatic caliber ML115, or a a Selitta SW200 to put it in more familiar terms. It might not win you any prestige points, but it’ll get the job done with a high level of accuracy. There may not be anything great about it, but there certainly isn’t anything wrong with it, and one could do a lot worse. If you’re familiar with the ETA 2824-2, you’ll be right at home with the Pontos S Diver.The Pontos S Diver is priced from $3,400 on a leather strap. A fair price considering the in-house execution of the case and quality internals. But this is a coveted market and competition is fierce.
Overall,the Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver has an appeal that few can match. It’s built well, looks great and is priced at an accessible point. It has a wonderfully crafted personality and pay homage to some of our favorite compressor cased watches of yesteryear.