Sunday, January 4, 2015

Dive In

With the Pontos S Diver from Maurice Lacroix

Courtesy of Maurice Lacroix

Just when it seems that every dive watch is the same, if you take a few minutes to look around you will find something different - pleasantly so.  Instead of the (sorry Rolex, OMEGA, etc.) all too common ceramic ratcheting bezel and stainless steel bracelet, the folks at Maurice Lacroix took a different approach.  Okay, in fairness this model is available with a stainless steel bracelet, but this iteration with the leather is the one that speaks to me.

An integral automatic HRV function rests at 9 o'clock.  The dive time is indicated through an internal countdown adjustable ring.  This is controlled by the screw-down crown at 2 o'clock.

Here are all the specs straight from the source:

- Ø 43 mm, stainless steel case
- Sandblasted aluminum turning scale, matching dial finish
- Automatic helium escape valve at 9 o’clock
- Vertical brushed middle-case and side lugs, with polished bezel and facet on lugs
- Engraved case-back
- Domed sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides
- Water-resistant to 600 m (60 atm)
- Black sun-brushed dial
- Applied indexes with large area of luminescent coating for excellent legibility when diving

- Diamond-cut hands with large area of luminescent coating for excellent legibility when diving
- Minute and second hands with red coating on tip
- Genuine leather strap or robust three-row stainless steel bracelet
- Additional Nato strap available
- Stainless steel buckle on both straps provided
- Double security deploying clasp on metal bracelet

Automatic caliber ML115 
- Functions:
hours, minutes, seconds indicated by central hands
Date at 6 o’clock
- Vibration: 28,800 vibrations per hour, 4 Hz
- Power reserve: 38 hours
- Jewels: 26
- Adjustments: 3 positions after full winding and after 24 hours
- Decoration: rhodium-plated movement

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