Formality of Milanese Mesh straps

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Formality of Milanese Mesh straps

Postby PiningforElgin » July 2nd 2017, 11:47pm

I'm familiar with the perception that leather bands are more appropriate for more formal appearances and occasions than metal bracelets. But what about milanese/mesh straps? They are as thin and subdued as leather bands but do have the metallic shiny factor as bracelets. What's its status in the different levels of attire formality?
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Re: Formality of Milanese Mesh straps

Postby jaw » July 3rd 2017, 1:01am

Whatever works for you.

For me it's contingent upon finish (dull/rounded = sporty), end-link execution (exposed loops = sporty), and mesh frequency (higher/finer = dressy).

My dress mesh would be Staib.

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Re: Formality of Milanese Mesh straps

Postby bedlam » July 3rd 2017, 2:57am

Mesh can be sexy as hell. Especially on a guy using a good amount of moustache wax 8-)

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Re: Formality of Milanese Mesh straps

Postby PiningforElgin » July 3rd 2017, 7:45am

bedlam wrote:Mesh can be sexy as hell. Especially on a guy using a good amount of moustache wax 8-)

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Is the moustache wax part sarcasm? Never used it so not sure if it's good or not haha

Btw is this a pre or post Fossil Zodiac? It does look stunning to me
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Re: Formality of Milanese Mesh straps

Postby TemerityB » July 3rd 2017, 8:22am

You bastards. I own no mesh. These look great. Now I have something else to focus on.

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Re: Formality of Milanese Mesh straps

Postby bedlam » July 3rd 2017, 5:02pm

PiningforElgin wrote:Is the moustache wax part sarcasm? Never used it so not sure if it's good or not haha

Btw is this a pre or post Fossil Zodiac? It does look stunning to me

I was being sarcastic.

The Oceanaire is pre-Fossil.
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Re: Formality of Milanese Mesh straps

Postby foghorn » July 3rd 2017, 5:25pm

Mesh bracelets look much netter in pictures to me.
I have 4 watches on mesh and seldom wear them. They make me feel like a Nancy boy. (I hang with a blue collar crowd)

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Re: Formality of Milanese Mesh straps

Postby Racer-X » July 3rd 2017, 5:37pm

Hnghhh....that white Oceanaire... I like Staib as well.

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Re: Formality of Milanese Mesh straps

Postby PiningforElgin » July 3rd 2017, 5:39pm

bedlam wrote:
PiningforElgin wrote:Is the moustache wax part sarcasm? Never used it so not sure if it's good or not haha

Btw is this a pre or post Fossil Zodiac? It does look stunning to me

I was being sarcastic.

The Oceanaire is pre-Fossil.


Got it, I have no mustache and don't care what men with them do with them so didn't get the reference
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Re: Formality of Milanese Mesh straps

Postby eddiea » July 3rd 2017, 5:45pm

Aside from the heavy duty Staib, they all look gay to me (not that there's anything wrong with that)
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Re: Formality of Milanese Mesh straps

Postby MKTheVintageBloke » July 3rd 2017, 6:37pm

I generally avoid bracelets (spare for one Atlantic that I have, where the bracelet is vital to the design of the watch), be it mesh or anything else. Some designs get along well with a mesh, some don't... I wouldn't call it a Jessie boy bracelet as such. Again, it's all about the design. There are ghey watches on ghey mesh bracelets, and non-ghey watches on a non-ghey mesh.

Regarding the use of a mesh in a dress watch, a lot of 1960s and 1970s dress watches, by almost unknown brands and the famous high-end makers like Patek and VC alike, were sold on a mesh bracelet, sometimes an integrated one. If I could get my hands one one of these, I certainly would, without hesitation. But generally, a leather strap goes slightly better with a formal attire. Not that a bracelet (any bracelet) can't, a dress watch with a leather strap does not really spark any debate in terms of whether it's OK for formal wear or not. That said, while I won't be making a judgement about whether a mesh is dressy or not, I'll say that a leather strap isn't as much a better option, as it is the safer one, should one really care so much about "what will the people say." Personally, I'd wear a vintage dress watch with an integrated mesh (or if the bracelet is detachable, but original to the watch) to a formal attire.
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Re: Formality of Milanese Mesh straps

Postby conjurer » July 3rd 2017, 6:45pm

You blokes are all a bunch of Nancys. Only a plank cock would weer a mesh straps you fucks. All the boys in my regiment weer Gee-shocks and theyre all dead butch the pillocks.

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Re: Formality of Milanese Mesh straps

Postby conjurer » July 3rd 2017, 6:48pm

bedlam wrote:Mesh can be sexy as hell. Especially on a guy using a good amount of moustache wax 8-)

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Re: Formality of Milanese Mesh straps

Postby artman » July 4th 2017, 5:24am

I did an informal survey at work regarding a mesh bracelet on my 009. All 10 ladies I asked said the mesh was way too feminine. I returned it.
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Re: Formality of Milanese Mesh straps

Postby AJC » July 4th 2017, 6:19am

MKTheVintageBloke wrote:I generally avoid bracelets


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Re: Formality of Milanese Mesh straps

Postby Racer-X » July 4th 2017, 8:10am

conjurer wrote:
bedlam wrote:Mesh can be sexy as hell. Especially on a guy using a good amount of moustache wax 8-)

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That Zodies the ducks guts you fucking cock.


Damn straight. I think that one went back to Alain who sold it after offering it here for a bit. :(
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Re: Formality of Milanese Mesh straps

Postby biglove » July 4th 2017, 8:19am

AJC wrote:
MKTheVintageBloke wrote:I generally avoid bracelets


You and biglove should have a steel cage death match.


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Re: Formality of Milanese Mesh straps

Postby MAX » July 6th 2017, 6:56am

Have 2 mesh bands, one a real cheapie, but I like wearing both.
My better mesh
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