I’ll start with some good news. I‘ve FINALLY attained a good fit on my GS bracelets. Like, I’m actually happy with it, not just okay with it. I’d still like some microadjustment options, but I do feel a lot better now. How did I get here?
Out of curiosity, and desperation, I decided to actually measure the different link sizes that come with the factory bracelet. Much to my surprise, the “half links” were not actually 50% the size, or half the size, of the full links. See below.
The full links seem to be around 8.5cm each, give or take a fraction of a centimeter.
The “half link” comes in just over 6cm (possibly a touch more, clearly my lighting is crap).
Why am I sharing this? Maybe I’m the last one to the party, but this was news to me. And it’s good news. The fact that the half link is more like a 2/3 link means I have more options to get a better fit that I thought. I’ve resized my GS bracelets a ton of times, like too many times. But I had always swapped a half for a full, or just added a half link to make adjustments. I did this because I took the “half” link description at face value. Since I’ve had my GS watches, the bracelets have always been too tight or too loose. And it was annoying AF. Especially at this price point.
So, I took some measurements because I am obsessive and still somewhat hopeful by nature. You all know the feeling 😘 Glad I did, cause now I know the links are not as advertised. Armed with this new information, I took my bracelet that was too loose (which for me is the better of the “too” options), removed a full link and added another “half” link, and boom, the best fit I‘ve ever had with a GS bracelet. And likely the best it will ever be.
I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. I also made some adjustments to the bracelet I bought for my SBGA407. It too fits SOOOO much better.
Buy seriously, why don’t they say “2/3 link” instead of half link?!?! It would have been very useful to know that I had more options by using two “half” links in place of a full link to get just a little more breathing room for my wrist. I thought my only option was to add or remove a “half” link for a more precise fit.
Also, the screws that hold the pins for the bracelet links are possibly the smallest things I have ever seen.
Should I have know this? Are most half links actually 2/3 links and I just missed the memo?