Formality of Milanese Mesh straps

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Formality of Milanese Mesh straps

Post by 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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Post by 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.

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Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by 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

Post by biglove » July 4th 2017, 8:19am

AJC wrote:
MKTheVintageBloke wrote:I generally avoid bracelets


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