February 10, 2014
I would like to begin by thanking Maurice Lacroix for offering this watch for the monthly give away contest and aBlogtoWatch for running the contest and selecting me as the winner. One might think that nobody ever wins online contests, but I am here to tell you I was happily proven wrong.
Looking to expand my knowledge and entertain my fascination with timepieces, I purchased a copy of the 2013 Watch Annual. This is an A to Z of watches, and contains high-level information about watch manufactures. What really caught my eye was a certain watch on the cover of this publication, which just happened to be a Maurice Lacroix Pontos S. Being a certified scuba diver, I really connected to the watch face of this dive watch with an active custom NATO strap. This book sits on my desk at work and is a great way to pull back from work during the day when I have a little down time. You can only imagine my excitement when I noticed a post by Ariel Adams announcing the November 2013 monthly giveaway, which just happened to be a picture of the watch on the cover of the book sitting on my desk.
Having had time to bond with this watch over the last weeks, I find my other watches are spending more time in my watch winder than on my wrist. I am very impressed with the look and presence on my wrist whether I have long sleeve or short sleeve shirts on. Maurice Lacroix understands that today’s watch enthusiasts enjoy trying different straps, and they included two choices to get you started.
The watch comes with the stainless steel bracelet on the watch by default. The look and feel of the bracelet perfectly complements the watch’s case. The bracelet uses pins to hold the links, and if you have a watch tool kit is a breeze to adjust the bracelet links. I also would have liked to see more small adjustment links to accommodate the sizing I prefer with metal bracelets. For a watch of this caliber, I would have liked to see screws instead of pins. In my opinion, these are more common on higher end watches and also seen on boutique watches. The NATO strap is constructed of high-grade nylon, and has custom hardware with the Maurice Lacroix name. This is my personal favorite combination, and is very comfortable.
The detail of the subdials, diamond-cut watch hands, and indices are very legible and the text is easy to read. I really enjoy the orange highlights on the minute hand, bezel, and on the crown used to adjust the bezel. I get the most compliments on the watch face. This watch also has an internal bi-directional bezel which is easy to manipulate, and can be used to log the start of your descent time on your dive. Living near cold water, it may be challenging to manipulate the bezel with wet or dry gloves, so I would recommend using this watch on your warm weather holiday.
In summary I would strongly recommend this watch to others, and look forward to future developments and offers from Maurice Lacroix. I hope this feedback might persuade others that admire my watch to look at this watch company for their innovative and wide-ranging designs, which in my opinion are setting them apart from the others in the industry. Lastly, I will cherish this timepiece for years to come. Thanks again to Maurice Lacroix and aBlogtoWatch!
Case, Crown, and Bezel: 43mm Diameter, 15.5mm height, 22mm lug width, 200m WR, Stainless Steel.
The watch has a brushed stainless steel case back with a polished stainless steel dial. The stainless steel crown is located at the 3:00 position with the Maurice Lacroix logo engraved on it. The finish is nicely done and it really stands out. The Bezel is an internal bi-directional screw down bezel. Having a large wrist, I was worried about how this watch would fit my wrist, but that is no longer an issue after donning this beauty.