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Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Chronograph Watch Hands-On

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The most impressive new Maurice Lacriox watch this year is easily the Pontos S Diver. I think Maurice Lacriox eventually dropped the “Diver” part of the name. Who knows why – I am still going to call it the “Diver.” I first discussed the Pontos S when debuting it to the world here. Now with a hands-on look at the final versions I can once again say “I like it.”

It is interesting to understand why I like the Pontos S. There is nothing extremely innovative or fancy about this diver. It is a very unremarkable watch on paper given all the other watches that have the exact same features. What it does have is a clever design which mixes “familiar” with “I haven’t seen it done like that before.” It has the right mixture of colors for flair, options for choice, and legibility for daily wear. It is normal enough to be welcome to most people, with just enough excitement to fend off boredom. Wow, that is so super Swiss.

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Maurice Lacroix offers four versions of the Pontos S diver right off the bat. The highest-end version is the red-accented model which features a different movement. Why make one of the four models with a totally different movement? No idea. It is one of those mysteries that simply makes things interesting. Even Maurice Lacroix’s US distributor isn’t sure why that is. It is further possible that the red version will be limited in production.

At 43mm wide, with a thinner bezel, the Pontos S is a great size for most wrists. While the dial looks large, it won’t sit massively as some fear with pieces 44mm and above. Plus, the case is thick enough to allow it to feel “less than puny.” Dial design is downright elegant in its highly contemporary design approach. There is a dash of futurism in the design of the dial and pushers. How will the design age? Hard to say, you’ll need to strap it on your wrist for a few months or years to find out.

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The trick internal rotating bezel is a technical highlight of piece. Maurice Lacroix designed the inner bezel to be operated by a crown that is integrated with the top chronograph pusher. This eliminates the need for an additional crown – and sorta looks cool. However, the red version of the Pontos S does have an extra pusher on the left side of the case – that is for adjusting the date because it has an ETA Valjoux 7753. The other three models have ETA Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph movements. The difference is really just the layout, but more and more I am liking the more symmetrical display of the 7753 and 2894 versus the lopsided 7750. Don’t get me wrong, I have much love for the stalwart workhorse that is the 7750, but it isn’t too often one thinks of it as a sexy beast.

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Detailing on the Pontos S is good. You have things like faceting on the bracelet, and the right mixture of polished and brushed surfaces. For an over $4,000 diver without an in-house movement, Maurice Lacroix pushes to give you as much bang for your buck as possible. The affordability (relatively speaking) of the brand is aided by their use of Hong Kong suppliers for a lot of components, mixed of course with Swiss parts. This is the case with many Swiss brands of course. The trick is military like oversight of those suppliers to ensure the stuff they make is good.

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Chronograph Watch Hands-On Hands-On

It is easy to miss the date window on the dial – but it is there as part of the lower chronograph subdial. See it now? I am enthused by the dial design overall, as well as the feature set of the Pontos S. That little hint of extra modernity sells it for me. As a diver you have a healthy 200 meters of water resistance that will be suitable for all but actual professional dive use. Though you need to choose if you are a red, white, orange, or blue type of person. You no doubt are irritated (well you should be if you aren’t) that I didn’t picture the pieces with the colorful NATO style straps. I was going to, but the pieces I had available to me were all on bracelets! Though if you’ve seen one or two NATO style straps, you’ve sort of seen them all right? Prices for the handsome and slightly edgy (just enough) Maurice Lacroix Pontos S (diver) watches range from $4,100 – $4,600.

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  • Kris C

    If they made the orange or blue version with tjhe same movement as the red one, I’d own this already. I find the 3, 6, 9 layout much more attractive than the 6, 9, 12 one, and find it somewhat ignorant to not include it for all options. I wasn’t going to settle, and ended up buying from a different brand. Which is unfortuante, as I still really like it – just not red. Thier loss, I guess.
    And the bracelet is a much better option than the nato. Those bands are stupid and always look awful.

  • At $4600 this is one most versatile watches from Maurice Lacroix, this watch is perfect for diving also, you can go up to 200m with it

  • This watch is one my favourite Maurice lacroix timepieces. Perfect for scuba diving, it can go up to 200 M. I also would not mind wearing a Guess Automatic watch for only $550.00 and pretty stylish i might say. just look at it and tell me if you would agree this Guess hodinky is quite a beauty http://tinyurl.com/bnl4ed3

  • HawaiianHorology

    I have been a big fan of Maurice Lacroix watches.  Their pontos and Masterpiece lines are really quite superb and represent high value.  They have been slowly raising the bar in their watches.  In the past, they did a lot of nice ETA based watches but have now moved into doing in house Manufacture watches recently.  They have a style that I like with case and movement finish I admire.  This new “diver” is something to think about.  I have their Flyback Annuaire and their older Pontos GMT.  I didn’t want to do it, but maybe this diver will have to be added.
    ML Flyback Annuaire (A nice stand in for a Lange Datograph)
    ML Pontos GMT (A nicely finished and relatively thin GMT)
    Lum Tec M6 (Tungsten Carbide!)
    LeCoultre Bumper (Classic in Gold with black dial)

  • CG

    Nice… Pricey but still nice. Any color for me is fine, discontinue the plain black, it has no dive ethos. Rado & Citizen have been doing the internal rotating bezel for years, so nothing new there. I want a yellow Tutima 300 diver first!

  • Sherif

    Great watches, bit pricey for a 7750 I find

  • dariuszg

    fantastic watch – definitely one on my wishlist. prefer inner bezel as it looks really cool!

  • Mowo

    I like it – nice looking watch with easy to ready layout.  Of the two choices, I prefer the tri-compax dial for better symmetry.  I prefer an external bezel rather than a internal one as it easier to operating by simply turning the bezel ring as opposed to using a pusher.  Overall, good sporty piece.

  • Fitifazrul Rahman

    a) I like this Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Chronograph watch
    b) Depends on the watch itself. Some watch looks nice with outer rotating bezel while other look nice with inner rotating bezel. But for me, inner rotating bezel a bit more unique, most of watchmakers prefer the outer rotating bezel. For this Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Chronograph watch, I think it look nice with the inner rotating bezel as it makes this watch look simple and clean design.

  • _JDB_Belmont

    Very cool looking- the Maurice Lacroix Ponto S Chrono- I like it and definitely would wear it-
    Having the bezel inside is cleaner- and gives more room for the face itself- more face, etc…. and differentiates it from the pack- very nice indeed

  • andrewcralph

    LOVE the watch. The inner rotating dial appeals to me for two reasons:  a.) I’m a diver.  99.999% of people who wear diver watches are not.  So the proliferation of non-divers walking around with dive watches has made me less prone to wear one for every day use.  b.) Simply put I find the outside bezel a little too “utilitarian” for every day use.  It’s been way too overdone in way too many lines of watches.  Nice to see something different for a change.

  • carmatch

    M.L. really has a winner here. They have a beautiful combination of style and function. If I owned this watch I may sell my entire collection! I love the inner bezel better because it has a much cleaner look. Great job

  • jfitz917

    ML’s new Pontos S is a great addition to their collection.  The clarity of the dial and the inner bezel are two components that draw me to this piece.  At this price point I feel it’s a great investment to add to my collection.

  • Avusblue

    Awesome looking piece. I like it. Usually I prefer an external rotating bezel (my usual daily wearer is the Rolex no-date Sub 114060) but on this watch it looks great. Nice execution.

  • jcarmack

    The watch is beautiful. I am a big fan of dive watches and this one is very attractive.

  • Jean

    One of the sharpest val7750’s out there! I am normally not a fan of the inner rotating dial feature (solely aesthetic) but ML does a nice job of incorporating its colors to these models to make this look more appealing.

  • autofocused

    Great looking piece! I personally use a LumTec M60 GMT as my daily driver but am a big fan of wearing sport and dive watches when dressing up!

  • Very readable tool watch for a chronograph. I wear a Tudor Heritage Ranger with any suit, Texas Tuxedo or classic black tie.

  • Coert Welman

    As an owner of a 7750-based watch, I like the 6,9,12 layout, but the classic 3,6,9 tri-compax layout speaks to me a little more. For me it would be a toss-up between the red and the blue. If the red didn’t have that additional crown at 10, it would be my choice in a heartbeat. Now it is six of one, half-dozen of the other. Both stunning looking and the internal bezel is very sensible.

  • funNactive

    I like the red dial layout. I’ve also wanted to get a watch with an internal rotating bezel.

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