Here is the copy of a mail I sent to a WUS member last month… he asked about the quality of a specific ALPHA bracelet.
It's not the first time I've been asked this question, so I thought this thread could be a modest reference material
I rank Alpha's bracelets from good enough to excellent.
Good enough would be for for the basic 'Oyster' found on the Daytona chronos
or Explo I,
or the Jubilee (on GMT) :
the links are perfectly good, solid, but the buckle is a simple one on those two types, with no safety clasp (nothing serious, but I know some people have concerns about that ; I certainly don't) ; the endlinks are hollow (but it's not problematic either, in my opinion)
Good is for the enhanced Oyster found on the SUB or GMT… same links than on the 'basic' Oyster, but with a safety clasp, and enforced/fixed hollow endlinks (and a diving extension !)
I must say I was rather puzzled to realize that my colleague's Rolex SUB from the 90s' had a similar bracelet so if it was good enough for Rolex…
Another good bracelet would be the President, found on the Day-Date/Datejust…
This one is a simple friction/no buckle type, but it's rather good too, with solid endlinks
Very good is for the bracelet found on the PO : hefty, with a push-button buckle and solid endlinks
Excellent is for the SMP's bracelet… just impressive at this price point o_O
Double push button + diving extension + solid endlinks + half links for precise adjustment + overall great feel/heft
In conclusion, I find Alpha's bracelets pretty good (especially at this price point)… those found on the Omega homages are just great in my opinion
Hope you find this thread useful