7 Things To Look For In Quality Mesh Bracelets (Updated 2021)
 

7 Things To Look For In Quality Mesh Bracelets [Updated 2023]

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 Whether you're looking to upgrade your timepiece, complement a new watch, or simply love the elegance of mesh bracelets, finding the right one within your budget can be a challenge. Not all mesh watch straps are created equal, and it's important to distinguish between the best Milanese mesh bracelets and cheaper alternatives.

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WatchGecko 'Oblique' Milanese Mesh Stainless Steel Watch Strap - Polished
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To help you make an informed decision, here are some key factors to consider:

  1. Quality Matters: First Impressions Count

When comparing mesh bracelets, buying from reputable brands is crucial to ensure you have a known quality for comparison. High-quality mesh bracelets have a denser weave and more metal, resulting in a slightly heavier feel. Holding the mesh up to light can reveal the difference in density, as better-quality weaves are less transparent. Additionally, observe how easily the bracelet bends; cheap meshes tend to be more pliable.

  1. Stainless Steel Grade: Look for 316L Stainless Steel

Not all stainless steel is the same. While lower-grade 304 steel may resemble higher-grade 316L stainless steel at first glance, the latter is more corrosion-resistant due to the inclusion of Molybdenum. Reputable suppliers often use 316L stainless steel, which is worth the extra investment for its durability and longevity.

Classic Milanese Mesh Watch Strap on Omega Seamaster
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  1. Check the Alignment: A Straight Mesh Strap Matters

A well-made mesh bracelet should have precise alignment with its clasp. Look for straight and accurately aligned bracelets that don't require twisting into shape for fastening. Twisted mesh weaves and misaligned clasps are indicators of an inferior quality Milanese watch bracelet.

  1. Pay Attention to Workmanship and Quality Control

A quality mesh watch band represents superior metal and meticulous workmanship, machining, assembly, and quality control. When purchasing a stainless mesh bracelet, you are investing in a certain standard of manufacturing that contributes to its overall value and durability.

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  1. Finishing Quality: Smooth Edges and Premium Plating

Quality Milanese mesh bracelets are not woven in long continuous lengths; they are cut from sheets and finished with care. A great finish ensures smooth edges and avoids the roughness often present in cheap mesh bands. Higher-priced mesh bracelets also feature better plating processes, thicker plating, and thorough abrasion testing.

  1. Reliable Customer Support

Choose a supplier that provides excellent customer service and support. Reputable brands stand by their products and offer prompt resolutions for any issues, including refunds or replacements. Don't risk being stuck with a low-quality mesh band and no recourse for recourse.

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     7. Invest in the Best Mesh Bracelet You Can Afford

Now that you are aware of the factors that distinguish the best mesh watch bracelets from inferior ones, you can confidently choose the right one within your budget. Avoid disappointment and wasted money by investing in a high-quality mesh bracelet that complements your timepiece and elevates your style. Treat yourself to the best mesh bracelet that suits your taste and budget - you deserve it!

Originally published in 2018

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Freshly joined WatchGecko after studying Photography: Editorial and Advertising at university. With my love for creation mixed with the need to organise and schedule I have found myself at home here in the publishing department.

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