WatchUSeek Watch Forums banner

1 - 20 of 22 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
21 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
As the title says, I'm looking for a non bling bracelet to match my Longines Legend Diver.

I'm aware that Longines released milanaise bracelet for this watch. I have tried it on, but felt that it has a fairly high bling factor that wouldn't match neither the rest of my accessories, nor my personality.

However, I like the idea of a metal milanaise a lot. The trouble is, I need to find a strap to meet three criteria:
A) non-blinge - this could be due to the structure of the bracelet (smaller links) or perhaps the bracelet being brushed
B) needs to match the polished surface of the watch. This might be a difficult, if not an impossible challenge.

I'll be grateful for any tips. Thanks!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
21 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
Vollmer ?
Staib ?
Thank you. I did a brief research of Staib, and now I'll also look into Vollmer. The thing is - I never saw any of those in person, and pics online can be deceiving. For example, I was determined to get the original LLD bracelet based on the online photos. But then I saw it in person and was surprised - on one hand positively by the heft and feel of quality, OTOH by the shinyness that I wasn't prepare to put on my hand.

I wonder if anyone had a personal experience with a specific model, perhaps Staib or Vollmer, that I should explore. Thanks!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
177 Posts
Thank you. I did a brief research of Staib, and now I'll also look into Vollmer. The thing is - I never saw any of those in person, and pics online can be deceiving. For example, I was determined to get the original LLD bracelet based on the online photos. But then I saw it in person and was surprised - on one hand positively by the heft and feel of quality, OTOH by the shinyness that I wasn't prepare to put on my hand.

I wonder if anyone had a personal experience with a specific model, perhaps Staib or Vollmer, that I should explore. Thanks!
Actually the original LLD bracelet is made by Staib. I bought it and it is very bright and perfectly matches the watch. It is not really “blingy” even though it is so shiny. I love it.
 

Attachments

·
Registered
Joined
·
21 Posts
Discussion Starter #5
Actually the original LLD bracelet is made by Staib. I bought it and it is very bright and perfectly matches the watch. It is not really “blingy” even though it is so shiny. I love it.
Fair. I found the strap just little bit too much attention-catching for my style. I tend to dress in minimalist and fairly monochrome way, so I felt it wouldn't be a great match. Hence my look for an alternative.

I didn't know the original is Staib. TBH if it wasn't so bright I'd get it as the heft and quality was really recognisable on the first touch.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
177 Posts
Fair. I found the strap just little bit too much attention-catching for my style. I tend to dress in minimalist and fairly monochrome way, so I felt it wouldn't be a great match. Hence my look for an alternative.

I didn't know the original is Staib. TBH if it wasn't so bright I'd get it as the heft and quality was really recognisable on the first touch.
I think you might really be disappojnted in any kind of bracelet like this then, as they are quite eye catching and are meant to go with the high polish of the watch. Maybe investigate more "coloured" leather options rather than bracelet to give it some other kind of wow factor. I have mine on a ZD cordura for now as I am mostly "dressing down" at this time of year.

IMG_3119.jpg
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,513 Posts
Island Watches sells the Staib Mesh in various differentiations.
I bought their brushed, divers deployment clasp strap for my Zelos DMT. It has a nice matte finish.
I also had a 20 mm polished Staib on a Borealis Sea Storm, that I brush finished.
The quality of the Staib bracelet is incredible. It is stiff and heavy, but it was exactly what I was seeking.

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
237 Posts
Staib. Excellent quality and not as blingy as you'd think as the high shine of polished 316 stainless steel quickly 'scruffs' down to a more muted look. I bought a few milenese bracelets from different companies for testing and quality examination and Staib came out tops. The tightness of the wiring and smoothness of the edge finish are important if you want to avoid hair pulling.

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
21 Posts
Discussion Starter #14
Thanks for all recommendations and comments. I learned a few interesting new things, and I really appreciate the pictures posted.

I'm planning to get the brushed Staib. When I get it I'll post comments / pictures.

Thanks again!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
21 Posts
Discussion Starter #15
Thanks for all recommendations and comments. I learned a few interesting new things, and I really appreciate the pictures posted.

I'm planning to get the brushed Staib. When I get it I'll post comments / pictures.

Thanks again!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,513 Posts
I found this picture of the divers deployment clasp version. Not a great picture, but you can see the adjustment holes. On a moderately large watch (Zelos DMT), I'm in the middle adjustment holes for each side of the clasp (adjusts from either end), on my 7" wrist. I have the 150 mm (Small) size. Getting it down to a 6" wrist might not work. The spec says an adjustment total of 20 mm, which equals 0.78". I'd email Island Watch. They were very responsive and a big help in determining the correct size that I required.
https://www.longislandwatch.com/STAIB_Watch_Bands_s/1953.htm

 
1 - 20 of 22 Posts
Top