Just like the name, the beads of rice bracelet looks like small rice beads clumped together to become a bracelet. It looks very similar to the engineer bracelet in design with its standard 5 links in width and also made out of stainless steel. However, there are significant differences between those two and here we will take a look at the beads of rice bracelet.
HISTORY OF THE BEADS OF RICE
Gay Freres Beads of rice bracelet with initials under the clasp (Source: chronocentric.com)
First introduced during the 1940s, the beads of rice bracelet was the invention of the famous bracelet manufacturer, Gay Freres. In case you missed our post about Gay Freres and Oyster bracelet, you can check our post here. During the early 20th century, all the big watch brands like Rolex, Omega, Patek came to Gay Freres to supply and design their metal bracelets.
During the 1940s and 1950s, a lot of vintage chronographs and dress watches were paired with a Gay Frere’s beads of rice bracelet. In fact, you can find a lot of Patek Philippe watches with beads of rice bracelet. Omega the watch brand started to incorporate a lot of beads of rice bracelet into their watches starting from the 1960s onwards.
Patek Philippe Ref 1518 (Source: Hodinkee.com)
Longines Calatravas (Source: magazines.bulangandsons.com)
Patek Philippe Reference 96 (Source: magazines.bulangandsons.com)
Between the 1960s and 1970s, watch manufacturers started to go towards the trends of chronographs and professional watches. Watch brands like Heuer also incorporate a lot of beads of rice bracelet with their Carrera’s and Autavias.
Carrera by Heuer (Source: watchpool24.com)
Autavia by Heuer (Source: chronocentric.com)
HOW TO RECOGNISE BEADS OF RICE?
Beads of Rice (Source: Amazon.com)
Though it looks similar to the engineer bracelet, there are defining characteristics on the beads of rice bracelet. The links are smaller as compare to the engineer. Overall, each individual links are rounder and not as angular looking like the engineer. In fact, the shapes of the links look similar to oyster bracelet links, just smaller.
Oyster bracelet by MiLTAT for Seiko SKX series( Source: Amazon.com)
Most modern beads of rice bracelets also come with 7 or 9 links, more than the typical 5 link creation by Gay Freres. Either they come with all 7 or 9 identical links or 5 links and flanked by two or four large links at the sides.
Modern Beads of Rice by Geckota (Source: Amazon.com)
Another characteristic of the beads of rice is the straight end links. Just like the early oyster, jubilee or Bonklip, most beads of rice have straight end links. Nowadays, a lot of modern beads of rice comes with vaunted end links.
Bead of Rice with straight end links(Source: Ebay.co.uk)
Curved end links (Source:chronocentric.com)
The beads of rice bracelet design look cool, durable and can be paired with modern or vintage watches of all type. If you are interested to try the beads of rice bracelet, you can get one from Amazon from Geckota.