Maurice Lacroix Resurrects the Fan Favorite Pontos S Diver

Maurice Lacroix dropped some surprising news this week by announcing that the Pontos S Diver will be making a return. First released 10 years ago, the Pontos S Diver was short-lived once the brand decided to move their focus to the Aikon watch, which has taken a number of forms in the intervening years. The Pontos S Diver always hit a bit differently, though, and we’re thrilled to see it making a comeback in a very similar fashion to what it once was (for better or worse), as there’s never enough good looking internal bezel divers out there. 

The new Pontos S Diver gets a familiar design right out of the box, which is a good thing in many ways, though perhaps a hindrance in others. The simple dial gets long hour and minute markers reaching into the dial against a set of straight hands with a slight taper, framed by the internal rotating bezel which gets the only numerals in sight outside of the date aperture at 6 o’clock. There’s not much to it, but Maurice Lacroix gets the proportions of everything just right, capturing the timeless appeal of this look.


The internal bezel can be adjusted by the crown at 2 o’clock on the case, which appears to stick out a touch further than the original design, but the contrasting ring at the base of the crown remains. Unlike the original examples, the date disc has been color matched to the dial. The steel case measures 42mm in diameter, shedding a single millimeter from the original’s size, and comes in a hair thinner as they’ve ditched the helium escape valve (sorry saturation divers).

Inside Maurice Lacroix is using the ML115 automatic movement, which is a base Sellita SW200, sealed up behind a solid caseback featuring a wave motif. There are different interchangeable straps available for each of the colorways, offering some variety to the look should the mood strike you. 

There are three colorways of the new Pontos S Diver, including a limited edition bronze model with a dark blue dial priced at $2,600. The two steel references host a black dial with orange accents, and a white dial with blue accents, and are each priced at $2,050. 

Overall this new Pontos S Diver stays true to most of the best traits of the original, preserving the wonderful design and even cleaning up a few of the rough edges in the process. A slightly smaller, 40mm example would have been welcome, but the watch as-is seems to fit the ethos of the internal bezel diver quite well, and I for one am happy to see it return. Maurice Lacroix.

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Blake is a Wisconsin native who’s spent his professional life covering the people, products, and brands that make the watch world a little more interesting. Blake enjoys the practical elements that watches bring to everyday life, from modern Seiko to vintage Rolex. He is an avid writer and photographer with a penchant for cars, non-fiction literature, and home-built mechanical keyboards.