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    Re: Metal bracelet options for the BOREALIS ESTORIL 300 watch

    Just got a used Borealis Estoril in the mail and love it, although dislike the Nato (I knew that before buying). I ordered a Colareb distressed brown leather strap but also want to get bracelet, but don't want to deal with the hassle of grinding a bracelet down (and don't own a Dremel currently). Can anyone give me a definitive list, or point me in the direction, of all bracelets that fit very well out of the box? From reading this thread, it sounds like only the Hadley Roma on the first page (which I kind of like, despite the folding end links), the Bernhardt (which I don't love), and some of the mesh options. Anything else? I started skimming the main thread, but it is over 200 pages!

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    Re: Metal bracelet options for the BOREALIS ESTORIL 300 watch

    Quote Originally Posted by DiscipleofChronos View Post
    Just got a used Borealis Estoril in the mail and love it, although dislike the Nato (I knew that before buying). I ordered a Colareb distressed brown leather strap but also want to get bracelet, but don't want to deal with the hassle of grinding a bracelet down (and don't own a Dremel currently). Can anyone give me a definitive list, or point me in the direction, of all bracelets that fit very well out of the box? From reading this thread, it sounds like only the Hadley Roma on the first page (which I kind of like, despite the folding end links), the Bernhardt (which I don't love), and some of the mesh options. Anything else? I started skimming the main thread, but it is over 200 pages!

    Thanks!
    Congrats!!!


    There were 2 maybe 3 great fits that didn't require mod. I will try to point them out later today but in the meanwhile scroll backwards on this thread and you may find them relatively quickly. Omega and Bernhardt jump to mind and I believe there was a 3rd.

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    Re: Metal bracelet options for the BOREALIS ESTORIL 300 watch

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    Congrats!!!


    There were 2 maybe 3 great fits that didn't require mod. I will try to point them out later today but in the meanwhile scroll backwards on this thread and you may find them relatively quickly. Omega and Bernhardt jump to mind and I believe there was a 3rd.

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    sarg009 is another known option. They are pricey however. Seiko csusa quoted me 120 usd
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    This is a good fit without modification. Negligble gap between endlink and lugs.
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/161404511577




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    Re: Metal bracelet options for the BOREALIS ESTORIL 300 watch

    Thanks. I think I'll go for the Hadley-Roma, as I like the slightly retro look that suits the Estoril. I might also pick up one of those Speedmaster bracelets, as an alternate for my Omega Seamasters.

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    Re: Metal bracelet options for the BOREALIS ESTORIL 300 watch

    Another question. I got the Hadley-Roma and was a bit disappointed - it looks and feels a bit cheap, and not quite what I wanted. I've also tried two different colors of Colareb straps and neither really work for it (maybe it is just the leather-on-diver thing). Anyhow, I'm left with this lovely Borealis Estoril watch head, and not a good way to wear it.

    So I'm considering a mesh bracelet, but I'd rather not spend $100 on a Strapcode. Any mesh bracelets for under $50 that are pretty good quality? Specifically, I really want one with flat-sided links. Any recommendations?

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    Re: Metal bracelet options for the BOREALIS ESTORIL 300 watch

    Quote Originally Posted by DiscipleofChronos View Post
    Another question. I got the Hadley-Roma and was a bit disappointed - it looks and feels a bit cheap, and not quite what I wanted. I've also tried two different colors of Colareb straps and neither really work for it (maybe it is just the leather-on-diver thing). Anyhow, I'm left with this lovely Borealis Estoril watch head, and not a good way to wear it.

    So I'm considering a mesh bracelet, but I'd rather not spend $100 on a Strapcode. Any mesh bracelets for under $50 that are pretty good quality? Specifically, I really want one with flat-sided links. Any recommendations?
    try the merchant goodcheapman on eBay. He sells quality mesh at an affordable price.

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    So I'm considering a mesh bracelet, but I'd rather not spend $100 on a Strapcode. Any mesh bracelets for under $50 that are pretty good quality? Specifically, I really want one with flat-sided links. Any recommendations?
    I got a cheap one off Amazon for around €12.00 and an expensive one from Watchgecko for about €65. The mesh is the same as far as I can tell and I'll certainly never buy expensive mesh again. The Amazon one had links that were rounded on one side and flat on the other so both looks available by flipping the mesh over.

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    The clasp that came with that mesh had a standard, cheap dive style clasp. I tried the Watchgecko strap and ordered with a butterfly clasp - I can leave one side of the clasp open to make an wetsuit extension.

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    I found that because the spring bar sits reasonably close to the watch case itself on the Estoril that the middle 4 rings of the mesh rubbed against the casing - I ground them away a bit with a Dremel to give some clearance.

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    Re: Metal bracelet options for the BOREALIS ESTORIL 300 watch

    Thanks. I ordered a J Vander mesh bracelet from Amazon - $20 + 6 shipping, so not too risky.

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    Re: Metal bracelet options for the BOREALIS ESTORIL 300 watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Narc'd View Post
    I got a cheap one off Amazon for around €12.00 and an expensive one from Watchgecko for about €65. The mesh is the same as far as I can tell and I'll certainly never buy expensive mesh again. The Amazon one had links that were rounded on one side and flat on the other so both looks available by flipping the mesh over.

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    The clasp that came with that mesh had a standard, cheap dive style clasp. I tried the Watchgecko strap and ordered with a butterfly clasp - I can leave one side of the clasp open to make an wetsuit extension.

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    I found that because the spring bar sits reasonably close to the watch case itself on the Estoril that the middle 4 rings of the mesh rubbed against the casing - I ground them away a bit with a Dremel to give some clearance.

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    The last hours I was looking for a mesh bracelet for the estoril. I thought to go with the butterfly clasp mesh from watch gecko because it seems to be an quality one.
    Then I saw the post from Narc'd, saying compared to an amazon 12 bucks mesh bracelet, it is not worth all the money.
    So my I thought to get a cheap mesh bracelet and change the clasp for one that's quality is better. Do you know if such a diver ratched extension will work? Seemes to be similar to the new speedmasters one
    https://www.watchgecko.com/divers-ex...het-buckle.php

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