Hands on with the Maurice Lacroix Aikon…The best Swiss sports sub £1,500

May 23, 2021 | By Steven Peers

If you’re like me Maurice Lacroix is usually a Swiss brand that passes you bye, why I hear you ask? well I bought one off a shopping channel years ago and for that reason I’ve always considered them as a non contender, others may not consider them as they are a relatively new brand established in 1975…my how times and opinions change. I’ve always liked the Aikon though when I’ve seen them in forums, and this one got offered to me a a big discount…

So this is the newer version launched in 2018 at Basel, and is available in both 39 and 42mm so that will please most. Of late there seems to be and influx of 70’s styled sports watches around, and sales of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, Patek Phillipe Nautilus and the Vacheron Constantin Overseas have increased.  Considerably cheaper, the Aikon is superb in everyway…and the bracelet is sublime and one of the best I’ve seen at this price point.

This is the blue dial version with 42mm which is 11mm thick, black, white, green, grey and salmon dials are also available. The Aikon retains a lot of inspiration of the Calypso model of the 90’s especially the “claws” on the bezel. The case has a nice brushed finish, extending to the 5 link bracelet. The automatics have a lovely Clous de Paris patterned dial which looks fantastic over the striped dial of the quartz. The indices are nice and Rhodium plated as are the hands, both having lume applied. Nice touch is the date window surround and the black dial  has a contrasting black date wheel. As you would expect it has a sapphire crystal with AR coating.

Its powered by a ML115 which is a decorated Sellita SW200 base with the rotor having Geneva stripes, with a nice bit of perlage, the SW200 heart beating at 28,800 VPH with a 38 hour power reserve all viewed through the Sapphire case back.

The winner for me is the integrated bracelet, it feels so comfortable, though you are limited with strap choices which unless you go bespoke are only available from Maurice Lacroix. This though did come with a blue leather croc strap with deployment buckle. The stainless steel bracelet has no micro adjustment which some may see as a pain. The quick change end link system is genius, take seconds to change between the bracelet and strap (see our YouTube video).

Though you wouldn’t believe it the watch is also 200 meters water resistant, making is a fantastic allrounder.  Overall I am massively impressed with this watch, it looks great, feels comfortable on the wrist and looks so much more expensive than its price point of around £1,500 though I’ve seen them discounted to around £1,200 which for a Swiss watch of this quality its a no brainer. If you looking for an entry level Swiss automatic, I really do think you can do no worse than this.

 

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