Ahead of the upcoming Baselworld 2012 industry event, which is set for March 2012, the Swiss watchmaker has announced its new Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diving Chronograph (ref. PT6008-SS002-332). Equipped with a highly-reliable self-winding movement, this dressy diver features the same elegant design we have seen in their other “Pontos” models but has a little twist about it.
The twist in question is, of course, the nicely crafted rotating bezel that has the usual 60-minute diving scale painted on its flange and protected from the elements with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
As you can see on the pictures below, the 15-minute scale can be painted in varying colors depending on the color of the strap (it can even be monochrome if you like.)
This kind of solution not only makes this watch less trivial, but also allows you to wear it both with a wetsuit (the watch is good for impressive 200 meters of water resistance!) and more formal attire, especially if you choose to keep the sober stainless steel bracelet that nicely combines polished and vertically brushed surfaces.
However, if at some point you’ll decide that a colored NATO strap is what doctor ordered, you may need to buy a special strap/bracelet removal tool (usually less than 10 bucks on eBay) since there are no pinholes on the gadget’s lugs.
Well, perhaps, with its body measuring above the average 43 millimeters in diameter, the new Pontos S is a bit too large to be used as a dress watch. However, it will look just great as a casual timekeeper.
As I have already noted, the watch is animated by a reliable ML caliber 112. Being, in fact, a slightly re-decorated version of the good ole’ ETA Valjoux 7750 natural-born chronograph movement, the caliber is widely used throughout ML’s whole product range, including the elegant Maurice Lacroix Classique Chronograph.
You won’t see the caliber at work since the screw-in case back of this specimen doesn’t have a transparent window, but that’s actually no big loss: their ETA and Sellita-based calibers are usually pretty dull featuring nothing more impressive than a re-finished oscillating weight, which is sort of meh.
The Swiss watchmaking brand still says nothing about the timekeeper’s MSRP*, however, their similarly-styled models that are equipped by the same cal. 112 movement are sold at a recommended price of $3500, so there is a good chance that this new diver will be offered with a pretty much similar price tag.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4/5
Value for Money: 3/5
Overall Rating: 3.5/5
* UPDATE ON PRICING: It was reported that MSRP for this model is going to be $4100, which is quite impressive even for a watch powered by an ETA 7750-based caliber. Well, I hope that they at least will offer good discounts after skimming some milk from, um, early adopters.
Photos: Maurice Lacroix
Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diving Chronograph (PT6008-SS002-332) specification
Price: $4100 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, ML caliber 112 (base ETA Valjoux 7750,) Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 25
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph
Power reserve: 46 hours
Case: Stainless steel
Size: 43.00 mm
Dial: Black, sunburst pattern
Hour markers: Luminous
Water resistance: 200 meters
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet AND textile NATO straps in different colors
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Back: Screw-in, solid steel, engraved