Which bracelet for my Alpinist?

Bracelets are the best. Waterproof, nicely balanced, continue the look of the case, microadjustable. But which one?

I want something that will go well with the watch, not too blingy as not to detract from the case and dial, but not too austere to look mismatched. Folding clasp for security, microadjustable for comfort and reasonably priced. Options so far:

  • OEM has short clasp - too short, in fact. Some stamped parts and a higher price, even if you find it cheap.

  • Strapcode offer quickadjust, but their clasps are enormour.

  • Uncle Seiko are very nice and light, unlike Strapcode Though they don't offer oyster style or quickadjust.

  • Mesh is said to be very comfy. I want to try it some day, but is it the best option for the Alpinist as well?

  • Or should I explore other options?

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I agree the OEM bracelet has a short clasp and only 2 points off micro adjustments but otherwise I find it comfortable.

I'm pretty much suggesting a Forstner Bonklip to everyone at the moment, extremely comfortable, lightweight, great history and a bit under the radar for most of us.

Definitely my favourite bracelet 馃憤馃徎

Inkitatus

I'm pretty much suggesting a Forstner Bonklip to everyone at the moment, extremely comfortable, lightweight, great history and a bit under the radar for most of us.

Definitely my favourite bracelet 馃憤馃徎

Thanks for the tip. It does look very comfy. :) Though, I prefer a folding clasp, because there's lower risk of dropping the watch

Clayton.M

I agree the OEM bracelet has a short clasp and only 2 points off micro adjustments but otherwise I find it comfortable.

I guess if I had the SPB155 I wouldn't change it, but the question is, is it worth it? Paying premium for the name on the clasp?

CheapHangover

I guess if I had the SPB155 I wouldn't change it, but the question is, is it worth it? Paying premium for the name on the clasp?

I have the SPB155 simply because I preferred the green dial and was willing to pay a bit more to get that. I also have a premium leather strap I swap out with for variety.

It鈥檚 a tough call to make but in the end, it鈥檚 an amazing piece to have in your collection.

Clayton.M

I have the SPB155 simply because I preferred the green dial and was willing to pay a bit more to get that. I also have a premium leather strap I swap out with for variety.

It鈥檚 a tough call to make but in the end, it鈥檚 an amazing piece to have in your collection.

Yes, I was torn between these two options (see one of my previous polls), but in the end I just took the dial that was nicer in my eyes. The price difference between the two was not a deciding factor, the strap on the 157 is nice as well, but the stand-alone OEM bracelet is about 200 $ and that is rougly twice the price of an Uncle.

I have the Strapcode quick adjust and it's so bulky that I do not use it.

I use this San Martin quick adjust clasp on my Seiko 5KX on the Strapcode Oyster. It's quite nice.

https://www.watchcrunch.com/AshKetchup/posts/the-diver-s-extension-clasp-saga-continues-339346

AshKetchup

I have the Strapcode quick adjust and it's so bulky that I do not use it.

I use this San Martin quick adjust clasp on my Seiko 5KX on the Strapcode Oyster. It's quite nice.

https://www.watchcrunch.com/AshKetchup/posts/the-diver-s-extension-clasp-saga-continues-339346

Ah, that is inspiring! How much does it weigh with the bracelet?

I don't have an exact weight but id say it's 30-ish grams heavier. The Strapcode bracelet is much more significant.

AshKetchup

I don't have an exact weight but id say it's 30-ish grams heavier. The Strapcode bracelet is much more significant.

Heavier compared to what? OEM?