How To Choose Your Gold Plated Watch Strap
If you are thinking of having a watch case gold or platinum plated, consideration should be made on the strap or bracelet material as it is key component to highlighting the contours and colours of the timepiece model. In this article, we have outlined some tips for choosing a watch strap which appropriately withstands daily wear and matches with the rest of your attire, accompanied by a review of the strengths and weaknesses of the different types of material available on the market.
Steel or Gold, Mesh and Metal
Metal bracelets in steel, gold, platinum or titanium in the form of tinted, polished or brushed links, are generally part of the continuity of the timepiece they accompany. This form of watch strap design is very popular in the diver segment of models, as it is resistant to the elements, successful on the aesthetic level and comfortable once well adjusted. Valentino Rossi’s Rolex Submariner model, recently worn in press interviews on the opening day of the Moto GP, perfectly encapsulates this style.
Detractors often have an issue with it’s large dimensions and the fact that they need regular cleaning to maintain lustre; however the Milanese mesh style, a much finer strap design, has made a real comeback on the market in recent years, works extremely well alongside gold plating or silver plating and is a great alternative for those not keen on links.
Leather: A Faithful Ally
Inseparable from the very notion of a traditional watch bracelet, classic leather forms use a strip of calf, cow or buffalo hide that has been tanned, tinted and sewn to offer different colours and levels of resistance.
Comfortable to wear, available in varying levels of rigidity (from soft to stiff leather) and taking on great looking patina/weathering from regular wear, especially under the combined action of salt and water. On that point, leather bracelets which have not received appropriate treatment are not water resistant, but can be made so by applying high-quality waterproofing wax.
Fabric: Economical and Practical
Fabric watch straps often include the phrase NATO in their specification documents, in reference to the nickname of the G10 model developed for the British army in the early 60s. The benefit of using fabric materials in watch design is the ability to create a seamless, one-piece strap that is easy to adjust and extremely durable. It is a practical to the wearer as it strongly fixes to the watch and prevents turning on the wrist, is economical, washable, and typically available in an infinity of colours or patterns. Of course, the fabric is not limited to nylon, with modern materials such as tweed, flannel or dyed canvas working particularly well (especially in red, green and earthy hues) as a contrast to gold plated watches.
Rubber and synthetic
Last but not least, bracelets made of polymers (natural rubber or synthetic plastics) are essential in the world of sport as their strength and flexibility lend themselves to extreme use. It’s interesting to note that some particularly prestigious watch manufacturers have chosen to combine some of their recent stainless steel and platinum coated watches with synthetic bracelets: this is the case for Breguet’s Marine collection and Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak model!