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by Aleta Saeger December 22, 2012 2 min read

The oyster bracelet has been made famous over the last seventy plus years. The oyster bracelet from Rolex was actually first seen in 1947. Originally, the oyster links were riveted and stretched! This was an adjustment feature that set apart Rolex oyster bracelets from other metallic/steel bracelets of the time.  The riveted Rolex link design used a group of hollow center links attached together by round ended rivets.

 

The hollow center link had many positives but also some downfalls. Obviously, the oyster bracelet is extremely comfortable and is loved by Rolex owners. One of the main benefits of the hollow center link was its ease of installation and adjustment. The hollow center link has a simple flathead screw that easily allowed the Rolex oyster bracelet to be adjustable. The Rolex owner could remove a few centimeters of length with a simple screw driver. A major negative to the hollow oyster link was that the oyster bracelet stretched and lost its shape over time. 

The hollow center link changed dramatically over the last seventy years, ending its life only recently in the Rolex collection. With the introduction of the solid center link, the oyster bracelet became stronger and the issue of the oyster bracelet stretch was completely eliminated. The solid center link feels stronger and will last the test of time. The solid center link has been an incredible improvement as the oyster bracelet. The oyster bracelet by Rolex, has always been intended to be a corner stone of the Rolex’s watch design.   Rolex has truly perfected the oyster bracelet, and Everest has taken the entire Rolex collection to a new level with the advent of the Everest Band. Buy the Everest Band for your Rolex here: https://everest-boutique.myshopify.com/

The post Oyster Bracelet Part 1: Rolex Oyster Link Evolved from Hollow Center Link to Solid Center Link appeared first on Bezel & Barrel written by Michael DiMartini.

Aleta Saeger
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