Comfort, aesthetics and functionality are the key criteria for every watch band. Rolex traditionally devotes the greatest possible attention to this – which is the reason why the manufacturer has developed distinctive straps over the decades. Most Rolex bracelets were designed for specific models, such as the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date’s Presidential bracelet released in 1956. In the meantime, many Rolex watches offer the option of choosing different bands. That depends not only on which model it is, but sometimes also on the respective material variant and the size of the case.
Rolex bracelets an clasps
In 2015, the latest Rolex bracelet was introduced on the Yacht-Master model. Extremely physical and sporty-looking, the Oysterflex band is made of a highly elastic metal spring leaf core, which is covered with high-quality black elastomer. Special lateral “pads” on the inside of the band provide for a stable fit of the watch on the wrist. Equipped with the Oysterlock safety folding clasp, it thus combines the wearing comfort of an elastomer band with the reliability of a metal bracelet.
The sturdy three-row bracelet with wide flat elements was introduced as early as the late 1930s. The most popular Oyster collection wristband is featured on the Professional models, such as the Submariner, Yacht-Master, Cosmograph Daytona and Explorer. The Oyster band also comes with some classic models such as Datejust and Sky-Dweller, and can be combined with all Rolex clasps.
The manufacturer’s second youngest bracelet was designed in 1992 for the women’s model Pearlmaster, but is now also being used for special versions of the Datejust and Day-Date. The five-row metal bracelet with its elegant, rounded elements is always equipped with the concealed Crownclasp folding clasp.
The Jubilee band was developed in 1945 for the Oyster Perpetual Datejust. Since then, the five-row metal bracelet with its flowing contours, which is equipped either with the concealed Crownclasp folding clasp or with an Oysterclasp, has been known to be particularly comfortable to wear.
The exclusive, three-row President band with its rounded elements was unveiled with the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date in 1956. Always combined with the concealed Crownclasp folding clasp, the President band is reserved for the Day-Date models and some Datejust models in precious metal versions.
Clasps and extension systems
A watch strap is nothing without its clasp, after all, being the part of the watch that is by far the most commonly used. For each of their bracelets Rolex have developed the appropriate clasp, combining aesthetics and comfort with safe applicability, such as is found only with very few manufacturers. There are the following clasps:
This folding clasp is used on both the Oyster band and Jubilee band. While the most affordable models Oyster Perpetual and Air-King are “only” equipped with the Oyster band and the Oysterclasp, the Milgauss, Sky-Dweller and Datejust, for example, also feature the comfortable 5 mm Easylink extension.
The alpha male among security folding clasps combined with the rugged Oyster case and the Oyster band is the perfect combination for Rolex Professional models.
Even under extreme conditions it is protected from accidental opening by an additional safety bar. The clasp is characterized by a simple design and an ingenious ergonomic concept, but at the same time does not have to shy away from comparisons of elegance. Its latest generation was introduced in 2005 with the Oyster Perpetual GMT-Master 2, which was preceded by an extensive development phase. Intense drop tests, a good 100,000 opening and closing cycles, immersion in mixtures of chlorine and salt water with added sand, as well as the perfect fine adjustment of the sound, which conveys approximately the secure feeling of a safe door, were among the challenges of the new Oysterlock clasp.
The Submariner, Sea-Dweller and Deepsea diving watches also feature the adventurous “Fliplock” and “Glidelock” wristband extension systems under the curved cover, which allow you to quickly adjust the bracelet to any thickness of your diving suit.
The noble classic belongs to the President band of the Day-Date, like the rotating bezel to the Submariner … but is also used on the Jubilee and even on one leather strap. Discreetly hidden under a small lever in the shape of the Rolex crown, this clasp is the only one completely concealed on the bracelet.
Continuously updated article, originally put online in Juli 2017