So this weekend I tried on two Movado Bold watches. The two watches are mostly identical but one had a metal band and one had a leather strap. I decided to order the leather strap version as I liked the look better and figure I can purchase a metal band from a third party. (I actually would like to purchase a black metal mesh band for it and switch the two bands out depending on the occasion.)
While searching the internet for the best deal I found a few pieces of misinformation on the GM sites. Some sites say both watches take a 20mm band, some say 22mm, and some have both watches listed with 20mm or 22mm depending on whether you choose metal or leather. To get an accurate size I emailed Movado and went to the store to get the exact size. It is the response form Movado that has me scratching my head.
I was able to confirm that the two watches take a 22mm band but the rep then said the following,
"The only differences on the watches are the band and the lugs on the case where the band attaches. The leather band from model 3600307 can be put on model 3600099, but they are not compatible the other way around. The case lugs on model 3600307 are not strong enough to hold the heavier band."
Im not sure what she means by "not strong enough". If I purchase a metal mesh band is it going to fall off all the time? Are the lugs going to pop off (doubt this)? I know that some watches have proprietary lugs that make certain metal bands incompatible but from the look of the watch it seems that the leather version does have the universal lug and pin system all my other watches use. So am I going to run into issues if I purchase a third party metal band?
If you could let me know your thoughts on this I would really appreciate it. Thank you!
Unfortunately I cannot post direct links. You can copy the below into google and the watches and band I am referencing should pop up.
Leather Version: Movado Bold 3600307
Metal Version: Movado Bold 3600099
Mesh Band I am considering: Watchgecko Butterfly HD Milanese Mesh