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Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver – BaselWorld 2013

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver PT6248

I rarely write about Maurice Lacroix watches on Fratellowatches and I actually don’t know why. Back in 2008, I asked ‘What to think of Maurice Lacroix?‘ and it received quite a few interesting responses.

Anyway, just recently I’ve become quite intrigued by their Pontos collection. Although I have a weak spot for some of their complicated watches for a long time (especially their Masterpiece Collection, the Moonphase model) I started to like their Pontos collection.

Polished Facet On The Lugs

I am a sucker for chronograph watches, and the Pontos collection has a number of very cool watches with this type of complication. However, some days ago I received their press release with some BaselWorld novelties and I came across their Pontos S Diver as well. I am not a diver myself and fit right into the category of being a so-called ‘desk diver’. However, I like the look of diving watches and this Pontos S Diver caught my eye when I was really searching for their new chronograph watches.

The Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver is a 43mm watch with a case made out of stainless steel. To me, a diving watch should – without any particular logical reason – be a bit heavy. The case has a beautiful design and finish; it even has a very nice facet on the lugs. Something very familiar to those who are fans of Rolex diving watches. Also, the watch has an inner (diving) bezel that can be turned by using the crown at 2 o’clock.

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver

As you can see on the picture above, the case, crown and pushers has a brushed finish as well as polished finish parts. I love it when brands are able to play with these different type of finishes on a watchcase. The picture below shows the bezel and domed sapphire crystal a bit better.

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver

Water Resistant To 600 Meter: Not Only For Desk Divers

With a depth rate of 600 meter, Maurice Lacroix decided to add an automatic helium escape valve is there to prevent the crystal from popping of because of the pressure from the inside (helium gas is being formed by the high pressure under water).

The Pontos S Diver comes with either a leather strap or a stainless steel bracelet but always with an extra NATO strap. We would have expected a rubber strap on a diving watch, but perhaps Maurice Lacroix knows that most people are like me… desk divers.

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver

Maurice Lacroix has used their calibre ML115 movement for this watch, with a power reserve of 38 hours and with just one ‘complication’, which is the date. The base movement for this ML115 is the Sellita SW200. The ETA2824-2 is the blue print for the Sellita SW200.

Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver

Like all other Pontos watches, the dial of the PT6248 is just stunning. It comes with either a black sun-burst dial or an off-white opaline dial. As with most sports watches, I am definitely in favour of the black dial. The hands really have a good contrast with the black dial, although it seems as the white dial is also pretty readable with these silver color hands.

In my humble opinion, the date feature could be left out. Especially on the black dial version, as the disc wheel is white and contrasts a bit too much with the dial. On the off-white dial version – see the picture above- it doesn’t bother me that much though.

At this time, a price for the Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Diver PT6248 has not been communicated yet. We will keep you posted as soon as the price has been announced.

For more information about Maurice Lacroix, visit or follow them on #instagram (@MLXUSA). The US representatives of this brand are pretty active on there and will share a lot of pictures of the (new) collections.

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Robert-Jan Broer

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Robert-Jan Broer, born in 1977, watch collector and author on watches for over a decade. Founder of Fratello Watches in 2004.
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  • Bexsonn

    I really do like the look of this watch, my only reservation is that it may sit a little to proud on the wrist. :(

  • Leo

    White diver? Sweeeeeeeet.

  • tim smith

    Helium doesn’t form at depth underwater in a watch. The release valves really only service commercial divers doing saturation dives or operating out of diving bells who are pressurized using mixed gases to breathe in order to lessen decompression sickness. It would typically be some mix of helium with oxygen and possibly nitrogen. So the helium can infuse into the watch and then blow out the crystal when the diver is decompressed after the dive. For sport divers and even commercial divers working from the surface even if they’re breathing mixed gas and diving deep this would not occur. I think it’s pretty safe to say this falls into a marketing and not a practical feature even for most commercial divers.

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