Rolex watches are available in various executions. These differ in design and function, in size and material. Many series have achieved a state of iconic status: The Submariner, Daytona or the Datejust to only name a few. Not only the Rolex series, but also their bracelets have found convinced fans. Most Rolex bracelets have been designed for specific series. Today Rolex buyers have the opportunity to choose different bracelets for their chosen model – which usually depends on the material. The following overview introduces the world of Rolex bracelets and gives an overview of the different versions.
Rolex bracelets – an overview
The Rolex Oyster bracelet
The Oyster bracelet, probably the oldest Rolex bracelet, was not originally made by Rolex itself. Before the company created its own bracelets, it was supplied with high-quality bracelets by the famous Gay Frères manufacture. There were two reasons for this. In the early days of the wristwatch, it was still unusual for watchmakers to sell their timepieces with standard bracelets. Instead, the bracelet was bought separately. In the past, the price of a special bracelet could be half the value of the timepiece itself. With Gay Frères, Rolex also did not use any supplier, but the manufacturer of metal bracelets. The second reason, therefore, once again underlines Rolex's claim to use only the best products and materials for its timepieces. The design of the bracelets by Gay Frères already anticipated much of what would later be appreciated on the Oyster bracelet. It is a three-row metal bracelet with wide, flat elements. It looks particularly robust and sporty. This design was already introduced at the end of the thirties; it was patented in 1947. Initially the Oyster bracelet had straight joints, but a few years after the patent was issued, the hollow, curved, „flush-fit“ end links nestled perfectly onto the case. Decades later – around the turn of the century – the massive end links that are now part of the Oyster bracelet appeared. It can be combined with all Rolex clasps. Popular here is for example the Oysterlock clasp, which has a safety lock. Especially sporty models like the Submariner, the Explorer or the Sea-Dweller are equipped with Oyster bracelets. But even with more classic models such as the Datejust, the Daytona Cosmograph or the Sky-Dweller, the popular bracelet is used.
The Rolex Jubilee bracelet
Just as iconic and popular as the Oyster band is the, 1945 introduced, Jubilee band. It was developed for the Oyster Perpetual Datejust, but today it is also available for other models of the Oyster collection. Visually, the five-row metal bracelet is characterized by fluid flowing contours. It is equipped either with an elegant hidden Crownclasp, a folding clasp, or with Oysterclasp. It is considered particularly comfortable and elegant.
The Rolex President bracelet
The President bracelet was introduced in 1956 with the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date. It was back then basically reserved for this series. Only some Datejust models, made of precious metals, are also equipped with the iconic President bracelet. It is made only of precious metals and is always equipped with a concealed Crown-folding-clasp. The three-row bracelet is visually distinguished by the crescent-shaped links and thus looks particularly harmonious. The Day-Date is in the US primarily known as "President" – which refers to both, the bracelet and a long list of presidents who wore the luxury watch on their arm.
The Rolex Pearlmaster bracelet
Another bracelet that became famous together with a watch: The Pearlmaster band. In 1992 it was released to the market with the watch series who it shares its name with. In the meantime, the famous bracelet can also be found on special editions of the series Datejust and Day-Date. Similar to the Jubilee bracelet, the Pearlmaster Band is also five-rowed – in contrast to this, its links are rounded. The flowing design and the concealed Crown-Folding-Clasp make the bracelet particularly soft and discreet.
The Rolex Oysterflex-strap
The youngest memberof the Rolex bracelet family was launched in 2015 and was featured initially on the Yacht-Master: the Oysterflex rubber strap. Characteristic for this sporty-looking strap is the highly elastic metal spring leaf core, which is covered with a high-quality black elastomer. Adding to the comfort of wearing is the particularly sturdy and stable fit on the wrist, which is guaranteed by special paddings on the inside. The technical-looking bracelet also features an Oysterlock safety clasp, making it as reliable as any metal wristband.
Rolex leather straps
Although stainless steel bracelets are much more commonly found on Rolex models than leather straps, the latter are still worth mentioning. The first watches of the luxury brand were almost exclusively equipped with leather straps – usually provided with luxurious folding clasps. Even today, there is still a wide variety of series equipped with leather straps in the Rolex collection. The model Cellini, for example, is combined with such and some Day-Date variants come with leather strap.