Integrated bracelets

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Re: Integrated bracelets

Post by biglove » Sun Mar 07, 2021 9:27 am

Design wise, integrated bracelets make huge sense, especially in sporty style watches. Not so much with dive and dress watches.
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Re: Integrated bracelets

Post by temerityb » Sun Mar 07, 2021 2:38 pm

Man, that Tissot PRX line is getting a lot of play. They have really struck a nerve with those watches. I mean, every forum, every website, they're all over the place. I'd wager the response has been about 70/30 positive.
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Re: Integrated bracelets

Post by Buster » Sat Apr 17, 2021 12:30 pm

Got an old 1980's Seiko with an integrated strap, the buckle is buggered so the watch is unwearable,

cant get a replacement, though I have tried.
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Re: Integrated bracelets

Post by 3Flushes » Sat Apr 17, 2021 4:50 pm

temerityb wrote:
Sun Mar 07, 2021 2:38 pm
Man, that Tissot PRX line is getting a lot of play. They have really struck a nerve with those watches. I mean, every forum, every website, they're all over the place. I'd wager the response has been about 70/30 positive.
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Excellent designs at the right price--- something for everyone. And what an especially smart way to market the Powermatic 80. Lots of classic designs that have a relatively new, innovative movement with power to spare.

As for integrated bracelets, they are more durable and less objectionable than integrated straps which are a deal killer for me in my price range. Although I've only changed out a few, I prefer to have my choice of what bracelets to put on any given watch, that's what end links are for.

OEM straps and bracelets are just way too much moola. For example, I wouldn't put an off brand orange rubber or PU strap on my PO, but I won't pay $700 for Omega's, either. My Sector divers are another story.

I think integrated bracelets that contribute to defining the heritage of classics like a few of those in the OP are the coolest use of the scheme.
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Re: Integrated bracelets

Post by temerityb » Sat Apr 17, 2021 8:03 pm

3Flushes wrote:
Sat Apr 17, 2021 4:50 pm


As for integrated bracelets, they are more durable and less objectionable than integrated straps which are a deal killer for me in my price range. Although I've only changed out a few, I prefer to have my choice of what bracelets to put on any given watch, that's what end links are for.

OEM straps and bracelets are just way too much moola. For example, I wouldn't put an off brand orange rubber or PU strap on my PO, but I won't pay $700 for Omega's, either. My Sector divers are another story.

I think integrated bracelets that contribute to defining the heritage of classics like a few of those in the OP are the coolest use of the scheme.
Slightly off topic: Of course, the word "integrated" is pretty much okay unless its used in terms of TV crud. Invicta's San III straps would fall apart as they sat in their own watch boxes, and the Big I wouldn't even send out replacements or even have new ones to buy. I once researched that very topic and found more than 100 complaints about them on the web alone. Heaven knows how many of those straps crapped out.

Back on topic: I can live with integrated straps or bracelets as long as the quality is there. I rarely swap out straps or bracelets unless it's beyond necessary (see: Casio and Orient rubbers, Wing Laing-style clunk metal).
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Re: Integrated bracelets

Post by Mark » Sun Apr 18, 2021 7:49 pm

Integrated bracelets look really nice on the watches in the article. For me and my 8 inch wrist, I have to stay away from them. Often bracelets are too short for me with all the links. Good luck finding an extra long leather strap for an integrated case design.
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Re: Integrated bracelets

Post by Darksider » Sun Apr 18, 2021 11:58 pm

Buster wrote:
Sat Apr 17, 2021 12:30 pm
Got an old 1980's Seiko with an integrated strap, the buckle is buggered so the watch is unwearable,

cant get a replacement, though I have tried.
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Re: Integrated bracelets

Post by Buster » Tue Apr 20, 2021 3:18 am

The round one was the original one I bought in 1980, then the clasp bust, I then scored the TV shaped on online but the clasp is slightly different and couldn't bring myself to butcher it anyway.
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