I’ll admit, when I first saw the Oysterflex bracelet back in 2015, I was not a fan. With its imposing black color and sporty rubber profile, it was just so un-Rolex. But fast-forward a few years later, and the Oysterflex style has grown on me. I don’t know if I would go as far as to say that I would wear one regularly, but I do admire what Rolex created. After all, the Oysterflex is not merely a rubber strap (this is Rolex we’re talking about), but a thoughtfully crafted bracelet that combines the advantages of elastomer and metal.
So, What Is The Oysterflex Bracelet?
Rolex is careful to call the Oysterflex a bracelet and not a strap, and once you understand its construction, you’ll see why. The patented design is comprised of a titanium and nickel-alloy blade clad in black elastomer. The result is much of the same durability of a metal bracelet, with the flexibility and comfort of a rubber strap.
Style-wise, rather than just a smooth finish, the exterior of the band includes a raised center for an attractive tiered surface. If you take a look at the underside of the Oysterflex, Rolex was considerate to add wing-like rubber components. These curved cushions raise the rubber away from the skin slightly to allow for much-needed airflow. They also serve to stabilize the watch and help keep it centered on the wrist.
Like most Rolex bracelets, the Oysterflex bracelet tapers slightly as it meets the solid gold Oysterlock safety clasp attached to it. The sturdy deployant clasp is equipped with the super practical Easylink extension system, which permits wearers to lengthen the bracelet by around 5mm for a roomier fit.
What Rolex Watches Come With One?
The Oysterflex made its debut in 2015 on the then-new Everose gold Yacht-Master models in 40mm (ref. 116655) and 37mm (ref. 268655) sizes. This particular bracelet was a solid choice for the new iteration of the luxurious yet sporty Yacht-Master model, as it matches the black Cerachrom ceramic bezel perfectly. Plus, the rubber coating is well suited for a life at sea, since it can stand up to salty waters and long-term sun exposure.
Following the introduction of the Oysterflex on the Yacht-Master, this particular bracelet style is now also found on select Daytona models. Additionally, Rolex has used it to replace all of the leather strap options within their Daytona collection. Today, the Everose gold Daytona ref. 116515LN, the yellow gold Daytona ref. 116518LN, and the white gold Daytona ref. 116519LN all sport the innovative black Oysterflex bracelet.
Additionally, it’s also worth noting that Rolex only currently pairs the Oysterflex bracelet with gold watch models. Whether or not Rolex decides to furnish a steel watch with an Oysterflex bracelet in the future remains to be seen.
If you like luxury watches with rubber straps, then the Rolex Oysterflex is definitely one of the best-designed options in the market. It’s not often that Rolex unveils a completely new design and this highly-innovative one is a worthy addition to the brand’s bracelet collection, joining the likes of the famous Oyster, Jubilee, and President bracelets.