In order to wear a high-end watch with class and comfort it is necessary that it fits properly to the wrist and that is why the bracelets and clasps of Rolex watches are an important axis in its design.
Aesthetics and functionality must be harmoniously combined so that these elements blend perfectly with the piece.
What to Expect from Rolex Watches Bracelets and Clasps?
Subtle rounded angles, polished or satin-finished surfaces, secure or invisible fasteners, length adjustment systems are common features.
The idea is to cover three user needs:
The Swiss brand is aware that a watch should fit snugly, but not too tightly, never loose to avoid discomfort or falls.
The Oyster bracelet.
The word “Oyster” accompanies many models and therefore it is impossible not to mention it in this guide on bracelets and clasps of Rolex watches.
It was incorporated in models from 1930 onwards and is a robust metal bracelet made up of 3 long, flat links.
It is present in most professional watches, such as the Rolex Submariner, the Rolex Explorer, the Rolex Yacht-Master or the Cosmograph Daytona.
Although it is also seen in some Classic models such as the Datejust, the Day-Date or the Sky-Dweller.
The Jubilee bracelet, created to commemorate an anniversary.
It was devised to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the brand, it differs from the Oyster bracelet because it has five rows, plus the individual links are also s smaller and rounded.
It was specifically introduced at the launch of the Oyster Perpetual Datejust in 1945 and can be accompanied by either the Crownclasp invisible clasp or the Oysterclasp.
The President bracelet, outstanding exclusivity.
This is a very refined bracelet model, it is metallic and consists of three rounded links.
It came to life in 1956 when it was used in the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date model, although it is also used for some Datejust models.
This bracelet is always made in 950 platinum, 18K yellow, white or Everose gold and is accompanied by the Crownclasp invisible clasp.
The Pearlmaster bracelet, sensuality on the wrist.
The Pearlmaster bracelet was created in 1992 and has five links, was specially designed for the Oyster Perpetual Pearlmaster and has a Crownclasp invisible clasp.
The Oysterflex bracelet, the innovator.
In 2015 Rolex always innovating launches to the market the Oysterflex bracelet to be part of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master watch.
Exclusively developed by the brand, it is synonymous with robustness, a reliable metal bracelet with the same flexibility, comfort and aesthetics of an elastomer bracelet.
Its internal structure consists of a super-elastic metal sheet that is overmolded with high-performance black elastomer.
But to make it more comfortable for the wrists, it has on the face a kind of “cushions” to stabilize and adapt it better to the wrist.
Bracelets and clasps of Rolex watches are an indivisible marriage.
The bracelets and clasps are two elements of the watch that must work together to ensure comfort and safety.
We already knew the bracelets of rolex watches, now it’s time to talk about the clasps….
The clasps must be perfectly adapted to the bracelets and must be exposed to countless openings.
The brand’s three closures are:
It is an older closure of the house and is made up of folding sheets with lid opens, in its latest model consists of a lever that facilitates the process.
The Oysterclasp can be recognized at first glance as a locking mechanism, however, its joints are hidden under the lid.
The Oysterclasp clasp is usually found on watches in the Classic line, such as the Datejust, the Oyster Perpetual or the Sky-Dweller.
Rolex Oysterlock clasp
It is also a drop-down security lock with cover, but has an additional locking fold to ensure that accidental opening does not occur.
The latest versions incorporate a sophisticated lever-operated opening and closing mechanism that minimizes the force required by the user and makes it more comfortable.
It is usually present on the Oyster bracelets of many Professional Rolex watches.
It is a discreet clasp with deployable blades but is concealed on the bracelet, in its latest version under a small lever in the form of a Rolex crown that allows unlocking.
We get it on the President and Pearlmaster bracelets, although it also accompanies some Jubilé bracelets.
9 years ago, one of this leather strap clasp was introduced, with a folding and adjustable system to adjust the strap easily.
Other Bracelet and Clasp Systems for Rolex Watches
The Rolex Glidelock to dive to the bottom of the sea.
The Rolex Glidelock system on Rolex DeepSea watches works with a detachable zipper that is removed from the clasp cover, so that the bracelet can be adjusted to the desired length without removing the watch from your wrist.
The Glidelock bracelet has a double expansion system and is made of Oyster Steel.
It has an extraordinary resistance to corrosion, it can practically remain under water without damage.
This Rolex system allows divers to lengthen the strap up to 20 mm and can be worn securely over their suits.
Fliplock and Easylink What is it?
This brand is relentless in its pursuit of perfection, which is why it continues to work on the two Oyster clasps to add functionality.
- The Easylink extension allows the length of the cuff to be adjusted by 5 mm with a flick of the wrist without the use of tools.
- The Fliplock extension system is similar to the Easylink but is aimed at making life easier for divers. It employs a special extension system that allows it to be deployed and repositioned without too many movements, this function is used in the Sea-Dweller and Deepsea professional diving watches.
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