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Omega quick release interchangeable band/bracelet

  1. Dor_42 Feb 26, 2021

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    Just saw this on their Instagram account, is this a new technology? I’ve never seen anything like that before.
    I wonder how “soft” are those pushers...
    Kind of cool if it works well without spontaneously unlocking.
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  2. pianomankd Feb 26, 2021

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    Oh boy.....

    Just threw the bag of popcorn in the microwave. Be right back.
     
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  3. Pazzo Feb 26, 2021

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    If something goes wrong with that gadget, I can see one tearing through the rubber but going through that steel, I just don't know!... :)
     
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  4. Blackdog Feb 26, 2021

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    I'm all for a quick-release system, but from a purely engineering point of view, this implementation seems problematic. Like Pazzo said, if (when) it jams, you can only tear the rubber. With the steel bracelet could even be more painful....

    I rather like Christopher Ward's implementation better. Simple and easy to disassemble if it jams.
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  5. thelinendial Feb 26, 2021

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    Cartier came up with this in their Cartier Santos I think in 2018 to swap steel and leather. And a few months back so did Oris for their new diver.

    I own the Cartier and it’s a really neat system. In addition their bracelet allows you to adjust links tool-lessly.

    My only negative with the Cartier system has no additional mechanism like an Rolex EasyLink for micro adjust without tools between hot and cold.

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  6. Rado63 Feb 26, 2021

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    Another way to increase the sales revenue. Replacement parts you have to get from the AD.
     
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  7. toolr Feb 26, 2021

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    I'll take the simple spring bars, thank you.
     
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  8. Tekashi_145.022 Feb 27, 2021

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    I wish they made one for the 1998 bracelet! I’d buy in a heartbeat.

    IWC has had a nice quick release system for years. Great to see OMEGA finally implement one.
     
  9. vitriol Feb 27, 2021

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    IWC has a quick-change system on Aquatimer bracelets
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    and push-pin system for links on Ingenieur bracelets
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    but Cartier has nailed them both!



    Pelagos self adjustment clasp, and those toolless bracelet systems - I think those should be standards for any "luxury watch".
     
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  10. Archer Omega Qualified Watchmaker Feb 27, 2021

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    These certainly look nice, but with bracelets coming into my shop after years of use, completely packed with dirt and grime, I really wonder how this is going to hold up long term.
     
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  11. dwboston Feb 27, 2021

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    Vacheron also has a no-tools, quick-release bracelet changing system for certain models. Different implementation than Omega's trigger-release spring bars, and seems maybe more secure than Omega's system.

     
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  12. Awetaylor Feb 27, 2021

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    Louis Vuitton has this exact technology, doesn't seem like an omega only design

    I prefer the look of the others like Cartiers.
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  13. Evitzee Feb 27, 2021

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    Roger Dubuis also has quick release system. All these systems seem to work ok and are secure. They have found that people like to change things up, and that means more straps sold and fewer unhappy customers who have buggered up their cases.
     
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  14. PhilF Feb 28, 2021

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    Perhaps it's just me, but I've wondered from time-to-time why more watches don't have simple drilled-thru lugs, probably aesthetics, but sure makes strap/bracelet changing a much simpler process. KISS theory?
     
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  15. pw92676 Feb 28, 2021

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    Welcome to 2021. IMO quick change interface should be an option on all bracelets/straps.
     
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  16. PhilF Feb 28, 2021

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    I can only imagine being on THAT standards committee!
    I think that this is as close as we've come
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  17. Mongooseman Mar 1, 2021

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    I have the version of the same strap that came with the 2018 SMP. You are not tearing that material - at all.
     
  18. DNX Mar 1, 2021

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    I have a VC Overseas and the quick release system for strap/bracelet exchange is very robust and ingenious - love it - can literally be wearing a different strap within 5 seconds... and it seems very well engineered although the straps are rather expensive...
     
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  19. bthUK Mar 1, 2021

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    Maybe some of these designs have patents, so other manufacturers have to find something else.
     
  20. cjoedaniel Mar 1, 2021

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    If Christopher Ward can do it then Omega surely can. I’d be curious about longevity though and wonder if the mechanism could fail and cause strap to come off or get stuck.