Whats so special about the Link Bracelet?

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Juansito, Apr 11, 2015.

  1. chris975d macrumors 68000

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    The part in bold is a little harsh, but it's true. These bands and bracelets only seem high to those Apple fans that aren't familiar with the typical prices of higher end watch bands and parts. On paper (I haven't seen in in hand yet) the Link bracelet is one of the few parts of the Apple Watch I actually do like. The engineering seems impressive to a watch enthusiast like myself. And it's very reasonably priced compared to other watch bands. The bracelet and Glidelock clasp assembly on my Submariner is $2200, bracelet on my Tudor is $950, and bracelet for my DateJust II is approx $1300, just to name a few prices. Hell, the leather band and clasp option for that Tudor mentioned above is over $600. These are just "part of the game" of higher end watches, and Apple is definitely positioning the stainless watch and accessories against quality mechanical watches. So, they are pricing them accordingly. And actually, pretty fairly IMHO.
     
  2. Arran macrumors 601

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    Not necessarily: http://www.ofrei.com/page1280.html

    (These are original, Omega-manufactured spares)
     
  3. phpmaven macrumors 68040

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    I'm not sure what point you are trying to make, but every band on that page is more than the Apple Watch SS Link band
     
  4. Arran macrumors 601

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    Scroll down a bit.
     
  5. chris975d macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, but those few that are cheaper are for some OLD Omegas. Not up to snuff on all the Omega reference numbers, but most if not all of those all look 1970's or before. Or some less than desirable models. Nothing modern that I can easily identify.
     
  6. Arran macrumors 601

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    Fair enough. Point taken. :)

    That said, it's still pretty impressive that an owner today can buy a brand-new identical replacement bracelet for a 70’s model watch. Says a lot about the longevity of the watches themselves and the manufacturer's commitment to supporting their customers in what, for many, is a once in a lifetime purchase.

    The other thing to note is that many of the newer bracelets are not that much more expensive, than Apple's link, but come from a Swiss manufacturer with a century and a half of watchmaking experience behind it.
     
  7. kdarling macrumors P6

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    You're welcome! Ideally, I think that you're supposed to remove links until the micro-adjustment sits in the middle. Then it can be adjusted either looser or tighter.

    That was my first thought. Link bracelets without micro-adjustment sometimes have half-link sizes to make up for it.

    However, after looking at this Apple 3D view, I don't see any different size removable links on the Apple bracelet:

    apple-link-bracelet.png

    I would be pretty upset to buy one and have it end up being too loose because of this. Others may not care. Even nicer watches sometimes have the same problem.
     
  8. dotnet macrumors 65816

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    I have a love-hate relationship with link bracelets. I love their looks and durability, but I can never get the fit right. I like my straps and bracelets to fit snug to keep the watch from rotating around the wrist but not uncomfortably tight. The problem is that during the day my wrists swell up a bit, not much but enough so that in the morning the bracelet would be too loose and in the evening it would be too tight.

    I tried leather straps to get around issue, the distance between two holes is all the morning-to-evening variation I need. The big problem is that they deteriorate quickly under the influence of sweat and water, start smelling, and eventually fall apart. This typically takes no longer than a year.

    The Milanese loop is the way out of this dilemma for me, it is the ideal solution in every respect. Plus, I love the looks of it.
     
  9. MeFromHere macrumors 6502

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    It's completely unclear what part of the band you think could be hollow (not "hallow"). And why would it be hollow?

    Do you suspect that the links are made by folding pieces of thin sheet metal so they interlock? It's definitely not made that way. The links are made from solid pieces of SS. Clearly there are holes drilled in the pieces to accommodate the hinge pins. Do you call the link "hollow" because it has holes for the pins?

    If the band it lighter than you expected, it's likely because it's quite thin compared to many link bracelets. If you prefer thick and heavy for the sake of thick and heavy, this probably isn't the right band for you.
     
  10. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    This is correct. It is thin by design, as it's derived from Marc Newson's Ikepod Megapod.
     
  11. Rameez777 macrumors newbie

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    In my experience its really solid hard to Twist but if its old it would break.
    Regards
    JUNIBA
     
  12. BeefSupreme macrumors regular

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    You can get a 1:1 knockoff on eBay for around 70$. They are identical.

    I’ve had them side by side. I would guess they are probably made in the same factory on the same equipment when it’s not being run for apple.
     
  13. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    It is superior in build quality.

    I like and use the Apple Leather Loops. Tried a similar model from Amazon and it looked like cr^p in only a few months.

    One of my Apple Leather Loop still looks like new after over a year. It looked so good that I removed it from my AW3 and put it on my new AW4. I had bought a new one just for the new watch but the old one still looks like new.
     
  14. Arran macrumors 601

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    Old thread! But I'm now in a position to agree wholeheartedly.

    My original question was from 2015. In the interim, I bought three cheap knockoff replicas from Amazon and they were junk. Admittedly, they looked great when I opened the box and, in my ignorance, I thought I'd scored a bargain: Identical to the real thing and $400 cheaper! After a few weeks, one fell apart catastrophically and my $650 watch almost wound up on the (concrete) floor.

    Never again.

    I since bought the real thing in black and silver. The difference is night and day. Costs more, but a couple of years on and they're still beautiful. The space black is my favorite. I've worn it most days for couple of years and it looks like new. The silver has a few scratches. I could probably buff those out - if I could be bothered, haha.

    But really, the engineering is impeccable. Enormously satisfying to use and wear. I like that sort of stuff. The technology in the watch body may age fast - and I've owned and discarded all previous watch generations so far, but I'll keep the bracelets for a long time.
     

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