US1171 Omega Speedmaster Bracelet 19mm and 20mm
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 decided that this has to stop.
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, that "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.
Please note: The 1171 is available in two lengths, Short and Long. The Short is for wrist sizes of 7 (18cm) inches or less. Anything over that go with Long.
Lug width to Buckle: 20mm to 16mm (19mm to 16mm)
Length (mm) : Long- 190mm, Short- 175mm
Min.length after adjusted : Long 130mm, Short 115mm
Buckle : Stamped 316L Stainless Steel 16mm Pressure Clasp
Thickness (mm) : 3.5mm
Net Weight (gram) : 56
Spring bar diameter: 1.8mm
Lug end style : Standard (Hollow) Curved End
Adjustment type : Pins
Material : 316L Stainless Steel, all solid links (standard end links)
Designed to fit :19mm (FOIS) and 20mm Speedmaster, also some Seamaster models
Installation tip: 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!
Pressure Clasp: 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).