The watch bracelet is an essential part of a high-quality watch. Since the time when wrist watches took over from pocket watches in popularity, watch bracelets have guaranteed that watches sit securely and, above all, comfortably on the wrist. Bracelets made of precious metals, stainless steel, leather, high-tech ceramic or rubber complement the elegant or sporty look of a watch. Leather straps – mostly made of crocodile or alligator leather that complies with the strict requirements of the CITES convention on species protection – contribute greatly to the look of elegant models. Flat watches, which often also have horological complications, are mostly fitted with a high-quality leather strap with a clasp made of the same material as the watch case.
A tip from master watchmakers: with leather straps you should avoid contact with creams, cosmetics and perfumes, because these can cause staining. Water is also not good for leather straps, and you should therefore remove your watch before showering. For security reasons, if a leather strap becomes very worn it should be replaced.
With sporty watches, high-quality bracelets made of platinum, gold, titanium, stainless steel, high-tech ceramic or rubber ensure optimum comfort in wear. Reputable watch manufacturers place the greatest emphasis on the design of the bracelet, in terms of both aesthetics and functionality. To meet the demands of the most discerning customers, watch bracelets are also produced in different combinations of materials.
The international brand names available at Juwelier Wagner offer a wide variety of bracelet variants for your watch models. For example, the same watch will create a very different look with a leather strap or a metal bracelet. The preferred material, and therefore the style you are expressing, is decided by the personal taste of the wearer.
With Rolex, for example, the Oyster and the Jubilee bracelets are among the most popular and reliable classics. The Oysterflex bracelet was developed specifically for the Yacht Master and the legendary Cosmograph Daytona. The core of the bracelet, consisting of a specially developed superelastic metal blade, is overmoulded with black elastomer and has additional ergonomic padding.
Just as important as the bracelet is the clasp. With leather straps, often a pin buckle is a good ergonomic solution. The holes make it possible for the strap to be individually adjusted to the size of the wearer’s wrist. Comfort in wear and security are just as important with watches with gold, platinum or stainless-steel cases, the weight of which can certainly be felt on the wrist. Adjustable butterfly clasps, such as the Oysterlock clasp from Rolex, offer additional security.
Traditional watch brands offer innovative quick-change bracelet systems for ladies’ and men’s watches. If you need to, you can easily change the bracelet yourself. Different bracelet variants and colours not only give the watch a new look, but also give the wearer a pleasant feeling of wearing a new watch.