Men's Watches

Type of Watch Strap- Rolex President Bracelet

Welcome back to another watch strap series. We have covered Oyster, Jubilee and finally, we will cover the king of all bracelets, the Rolex President Bracelet. What comes to your mind when you think of Kings? Royalty, success, achievements, power and etc.

King George VI (Source: Wikipedia.com)

That is exactly what the president bracelet reminds you of when you wear it. It first debuts in 1956 when Rolex released the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date.

Rolex Day-Date reference number 18238 (Source: Amazon.com)

The Day-Date is the first watch that has the day and date display on different windows on the dial.

Rolex Day-Date reference number 18238 (Source: Amazon.com)

To celebrate the innovation of the day-date, a new president bracelet was designed for that purpose.

Rolex Day-Date with President Bracelet(Source: Amazon.com)

FEATURES

 

Some people will describe the President bracelet as a modern oyster bracelet which looks sophisticated and complex. Click here to see other options of the oyster bracelet from other manufacturers.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 36 with Oyster bracelet (Source: Rolex.com)

Others will describe it like an older brother or the Jubilee bracelet because of its link shapes. Click here to find out about other manufacturers Jubilee bracelet.

Rolex Date-Just 36mm with Jubilee Everose gold bracelet( Source: Rolex.com)

We like to think it looks like a combination of the oyster bracelet and the Jubilee bracelet. It combines the semi-circular link shapes of the Jubilee and the 3 links oyster bracelet design.

Rolex Day-Date Tridor 18239 President bracelet (Source:bobswatches.com)

Typically, it also comes with a clasp which is called the hidden clasp or in Rolex term, a concealed clasp. This clasp is hidden underneath the bracelet and when it is worn on the wrist, it gives the eyes a nice uniform design.

Jubilee and President bracelet with the crown clasp (Source: Rolex.com)

 

The video above shows you how to open the concealed clasp on the Rolex President

WHY IS IT SO POPULAR

 

As mentioned, this bracelet feels and looks premium. In fact, it is the reason that it became so popular. Even from 1956 when it debuted, the president bracelet is only made in precious metals like 18K gold or 950 platinum.

Rolex Oyster 116000 with oyster bracelet (Source: bobswatches.com)

Rolex Datejust 16263 with two-tone JubileeĀ bracelet (Source: bobswatches.com)

Unlike jubilee and oyster which have both stainless steel option, the president only comes with precious metals. The color combinations for 18K gold include yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold.

Rolex Day-Date 118235 with rose gold color (Source: Bobswatches.com)

Rolex Day-Date ref 118239 white gold (Source:Bobswatches.com)

SPECIAL MENTION

Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz (Source: Bobswatches.com)

In 1977, Rolex came up with another version of the day-date in quartz movement. It is called the Rolex Oysterquartz Day-Date. The watch is powered by the in-house 5505 movement from Rolex. One of the defining characteristics of the watch is, of course, the bracelet.

 

Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz (Source: Bobswatches.com)

In fact, the features that stand out among the rest of the mechanical and automatic day-date is the integrated president bracelet. It is only found on the Oysterquartz and nothing else. In case you don’t know, an integrated bracelet is a bracelet which is part of the watch case itself.

Audemars Piquet Royal Oak with an integrated bracelet (Source:gearpatrol.com)

CONCLUSION

 

No other bracelet can match the elegance and sophistication of the President. However, have you wondered how did Rolex come up with the name President bracelet? Don’t worry. The next post we will look into the detail of how the President got its name.

 

 

 

 

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