Rolex Bracelet Types and Sizes
While there’s no doubt about how much precision and detail goes into making a Rolex watch, this is also equally as true for Rolex watches bracelet types. When it comes to Rolex, their selection of bracelets is almost as vast as their watch model collection. Designed to be comfortable, robust and reliable, their aesthetically pleasing bracelet designs play an equally as important role in the desirability of the Rolex brand. Read our guide on Rolex bracelet types and sizes to find out more about which bracelet styles you can expect to see with which Rolex models.
This is the most common Rolex strap and officially dates back to its patent in 1947.
But before Rolex designed its own bracelets it was supplied with them by bracelet manufacturer Gay Freres… so the origins of the Oyster actually go back to the Bonklip-style Rolex bracelets created in the 1920s. These were designed with a unique size-adjustment feature and were first associated with the Rolex Viceroy.
The Oyster is a three-piece link metal bracelet, with wide central flat links flanked by two rows of thinner links. But over the years there have been alterations to links including riveted and folded links. These can be both matte or a polished finish or a combination of both.
You can find Oyster bracelets with a range of different clasps. Watches like the Submariner feature a Glidelock clasp system, which is specifically designed to be worn on top of a diving suit. Whereas the Milgauss has a folding Oysterclasp with an Easylink 5mm extension
The Oyster tends to be seen on the sportier models, for example, the Sea Dweller, while a few watches only offer this strap, such as the new Rolex Explorer.
With a choice of varying clasps, such as Oysterclasp, Oysterlock and Crownclasp, no two Rolex’s are rarely the same. There are also different sizes of the Oyster bracelet depending on the watch. From the smaller Lady-Datejust timepieces to the larger GMT-Master pilot watches, the versatile Oyster bracelet is always a great fit. Not only is the Rolex Oyster bracelet seen on a variety of watches but it’s also available in a range of metals and bi-metal colourways including steel, oystersteel, gold, rose gold, white gold and platinum.
|Oyster Bracelet Code||Bracelet Link Width||Rolex Watch Model|
|70130||13mm||Oyster Perpetual 26|
|70160||16mm||Oyster Perpetual 31|
|70190||19mm||Oyster Perpetual 34|
|70200||20mm||Oyster Perpetual 36|
|70400||20mm||Oyster Perpetual 39|
|72190||19mm||Oyster Perpetual Date 34|
|72600- 72601 – 72603||20mm||Datejust 36|
|72210 – 72213||21mm||Datejust II|
|78740-78743-78750-78753||17 mm||Yacht-Master 35|
It could be debated that the Jubilee bracelet is the most famous in the whole of the horology world.
Rolex’ first in-house offering was introduced in 1945 as a new bracelet on the Datejust. It was the world’s first chronometer to feature a date window on the dial, which coordinated perfectly with the brand celebrating its 40th anniversary, hence the bracelet’s name.
The dressy bracelet is a five-piece link design, consisting of two rows of large links and three rows of small central links. At the time, it was only available in solid gold but now available in steel, three shades of gold, two-tone steel and gold as well as many sizes.
While the overall look of the Jubilee bracelet has remained largely the same since its introduction, a closer look at the links reveals some notable modifications over the years. There have been folded links, oval links, D-shaped links, as well as solid links. The Jubilee bracelet is one of Rolex’s more dressier styles and is available in most metals and bi-metal variations. Fitted with either a concealed Crownclasp or Oysterclasp, the Jubilee bracelet is one of Rolex’s most refined bracelet types.
|Jubilee Bracelet Code||Bracelet Link Width||Rolex Watch Model|
When the Day-Date was debuted in 1956, it was the first automatic watch to include a date window and a space for the day name. It was seen as the new flagship luxury watch as it was made exclusively and came with a new bracelet, called the President.
However at the time, President Eisenhower had worn a Datejust watch on a Jubilee bracelet so while he may have been first to wear it, it wasn’t his favourite style. It was actually Lyndon B. Johnson, whose strong association with wearing the yellow gold Day-Date, inspired the name ‘President’.
The Rolex President bracelet is a three-piece link metal bracelet with semi-circular links. There are wide links in the centre and two thinner outer link rows. To date the President has only featured on the Day-Date and some Lady Datejust and mid-size Datejust watches.
True to its exclusive form, the President bracelet is only available in precious metals (never in steel), including gold, rose gold, white gold and platinum. Fitted with a Crownclasp, the President bracelet has a beautifully concealed clasp, making it one of the more ergonomically designed bracelets.
|President Bracelet Code||Bracelet Link Width||Rolex Watch Model|
Rolex Pearlmaster Bracelet
Launched in 1992 the Pearlamster bracelet was introduced for the Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster watch collection. The Pearlmaster is Rolex’s most lavish watch and is considered to be a decorative piece of jewellery as well as being a highly functioning timepiece. Featuring five rounded links, the Pearlmaster bracelet is only available in gold, rose gold and white gold. In addition the Pearlmaster bracelet is also available in a range of diamond versions including full pave diamonds and diamond set links. While the Pearlmaster bracelet is typically seen accompanied by the Pearlmaster watch, Rolex did make some special edition Day-Date “Masterpiece” watches fitted with Pearlmaster bracelets in the early 2000’s. That being said, the Pearlmaster bracelet is always fitted with its trademark concealed Crownclasp.
|Pearlmaster Bracelet Code||Bracelet Link Width||Rolex Watch Model|
|72746 -72748- 72748-74746||20mm||Day-Date “Special Edition” Masterpiece|
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