7 iconic watch straps





Today, watch fans and collectors have an infinite choice in terms of steel straps. Some meshes have existed for many years and have not lost any of their popularity. These are just some of these iconic models that span all ages and remain among the big favorites.

The Milanese bracelet

Milanese bracelet

The Milanese bracelet was born in Milan in 19th century, before being improved in Germany in the early 20thth century, in particular with a more flexible and more comfortable mesh on the wrist. The chainmail style was very popular in the 50s. Today, this type of elegant bracelet is available in different metals and colors. He likes his vintage style and even adorns connected watches like the famous Apple Watch.

The rice grain bracelet

rice grain bracelet

The origin of this mesh goes back to the famous Gay Frères, manufacturers known throughout the world for having created several other emblematic models. This design seems to have appeared for the first time in the 1940s, on the Philippe Patek and Vacheron Constantin watches, before being followed by other large houses. The rice grain bracelet was considered at that time as a technological feat in terms of aesthetics and comfort. It has the advantage of being very versatile, since it can be seen both in a refined watch and in a more sporty model.

The Royal Oak bracelet

Royal Oak bracelet

This articulated steel bracelet owes its name to the watch. Real oak, designed by the Gerald Genta watch designer for Audemars Piguet and presented at Baselworld in 1972. It was then the brand’s first luxury sports watch, with a bold and avant-garde design. It has the peculiarity of being directly integrated in the watch case, forming a single piece.

The oyster bracelet

Oyster bracelet

This emblematic bracelet of the 20th Century was patented by Rolex in 1947 and first offered in 1948. It includes three flat meshes and appears on different models of the Swiss watch brand. Over time, its design has evolved, as has the closure, in particular to adapt to the different sports uses of the watch, such as diving, for example.

Ladder bracelet

Ladder bracelet

Another creation of Gay Frères proposed for the Zenith The First Since 1969, this bracelet had spaces between the folded links that gave it the appearance of a scale.

Bonklip bracelet

Bonklip bracelet

This bracelet made of flat buckles and tubular links made its first appearance on British military wristwatches in the 1950s and 1960s, after World War II. It was mass produced, easily adjustable and made of stainless steel. Particularly functional, it is thin, resistant and adapts to all wrists.

Jubilee bracelet

Jubilee bracelet

It was first presented in 1945 for the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust and matches the 40th Anniversary of the brand Very elegant, this 5-link bracelet has barely changed over the years, except for metal; first in yellow gold, then in two-tone versions and steel.

Nicolas Forni

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