For years now, Speedmaster fans have been groaning at the dearth of options available for their iconic watch. The originals (if you can find them) cost absurd amounts of money. Even certain reproductions are outrageously priced. I came to the conclusion that this has to stop. We need to have more options for the Speedmaster and spending $500 for a reproduction is just out of the question!
I am fairly new to the Omega community, buying my first Speedmaster about 5 years ago. Since then I have been talking to a lot of collectors about what makes those original (vintage) bracelets so special. I got very similar answers from everyone; they need to be light and jangly. The new Speedy releases are on heavy bracelets which, while feeling solid and secure, do not balance the weight of the watch very well. The genius of those early releases was that while the bracelet was surprisingly light and seemed less significant, it makes for a far more enjoyable experience. As one collector told me, "light and rattly is the language of our people." :)
As someone who not only runs a business but is a hardcore fan, I will tell you that since I started wearing the lighter options, my delight in the watch has only increased. Comfortable, form-fitting to the wrist, and with the classic-style pressure clasp, it's sure to put you over the moon.
I am offering two styles for the Holzer, one comes as all brushed, the other as brushed/polished (with polishing on the 2nd and 4th rows). See last 4 pictures.
One bracelet, one pair of end-links, one pair of 1.8mm spring bars.
Mounting these can be a challenge because the opening is somewhat narrow. I have found it is easier to flip the watch over and mount from the underside. Make sure you have the proper spring-bar tool to help guide those bars into place!
A couple of guys mentioned that they love the vintage pressure clasp, but wish it had a bit more "snap" when securing it. You can adjust the tension by slightly moving the small tab on the inside of the clasp. Moving it toward the hinge (away from the bracelet) very slightly will make it harder to close and create the desired effect. Again, a tiny adjustment with needle-nose pliers and check, repeating if needed. (See last picture).
Designed to fit:
Omega Speedmaster First Omega in Space (FOIS)
Omega Speedmaster Professional (Pre-3861)
Omega Speedmaster CK2998
Oris Divers 65
Nivada Grenchen Chronomaster Aviator Seadiver
Our customers have also reported that this bracelet will fit a few others models. While I can't personally guarantee this, my nephews are a smart bunch.
Take a look at the Bracelet Compatibility Chart and the Tips & Tricks page for more info on getting these to fit correctly: