The Timex Guide to Common Watch Bracelets


If you’re shopping for a watch today, you likely have hundreds of options to choose from — and that’s even after you’ve narrowed down important characteristics like case size and color. But one thing that can define a watch’s look, as well as how it wears on the wrist, is the way it attaches to your wrist. Do you want a steel bracelet? Do you want that with a fully brushed or fully polished finish, or something in between? Should your watch look sleek and modern or old-world and rugged? Depending on when and where you plan to wear the watch, your answer (and mileage) may vary.

Below is a guide outlining the different kinds of straps, bracelets and bands we offer on our watches at Timex, as well as a handful of options should you choose to go outside the fold. Happy strapping!


The Oyster Bracelet

Technically the oyster bracelet, like a few other bracelet styles here, is a Rolex invention. But because of the 1947 design’s enormous versatility and its widespread use by practically every watchmaker in the world, the name has been co-opted by the industry at large, and now refers to any watch bracelet made after the original, no matter the brand.

This popular bracelet style is characterized by a sturdy-yet-comfortable three-link pattern, sometimes referred to as an H-link pattern depending on the watchmaker and exactly how the links are arranged. You’ll usually find oyster bracelets on dive and sport watches, and almost never on true dress watches. Some oyster bracelets taper from lug to clasp, and some remain at lug width all the way around.

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The Jubilee Bracelet

Another Rolex invention, created for the company’s 40th year in business — a 40th anniversary is commonly referred to as a “jubilee” celebration, hence the name. This style of bracelet has been applied to plenty of sport watches and casual styles throughout watchmaking, but it’s decidedly more refined in feel than an oyster bracelet. This bracelet style typically has five links across with smaller polished links down the middle, and tapers down a few millimeters in width from the lugs to the clasp.


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The Milanese Bracelet

Sometimes referred to as shark mesh, this woven style in stainless steel was invented in Milan and perfected in Germany over a hundred years ago. It’s now found across all watch categories, from casual and sporty to the most refined of dress watches. Milanese mesh is lightweight and breathable, making it an excellent option for wearing a watch in hot and humid weather, and it’s also known for being comfortable on the skin for extended wear.


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Woven Bracelets

Most popular in the 1970s and ‘80s, woven-style bracelets in stainless steel are back again thanks to several retro-inspired Timex watches. Woven bracelets can take some getting used to, but once you’re in the club, it’s a type of bracelet that wears well all day long. These are lightweight, breathable and totally capable of handling sweat and water exposure, as long as the watch itself features a water resistance rating of 30 meters or more.


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Expansion Bracelets

In The Press: Dr. Anthony Fauci Has Always Been A Timex Man

Image from A Blog To Watch

The following is quoted text from a story by Bilal Khan on A BLOG TO WATCH. To read the story and view more photos of Dr. Fauci sporting a Timex through the years, go here

“Dr. Anthony Fauci holds a rarified and ephemeral position in the United States right now (March 24, 2020), as the nation’s leading authority in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic. At the time of writing, we are all in some version of shelter-in-place, hoping social isolation can starve the virus. Fauci, an immunologist who serves as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and was at the forefront of the fights against HIV/AIDS for (which he won the Presidential Medal of Freedom), SARS, MERS, Ebola, and now the coronavirus.

It also looks like he’s been a Timex guy for several decades now. It makes sense that he’d stick with an American brand that makes some of the most durable and reliable digital watches around. I’ve also noticed that he checks the time very, very frequently. In fact, with the rest of us in lockdown, he may be one of the few people in the country who needs to get somewhere on time so urgently you’d think the fate of the world depends on it (because it might).”





Each spring and fall at Timex we introduce new watches, unveiling entirely new collections as well as creating expansions and continuations of past releases.

For the spring of 2020 we’re adding a new element to the season: recognizing and honoring the women of Timex, and women everywhere, during International Women’s History Month.

Image from Insiders UK

Timex has always supported and empowered women through the company’s history, and we’re proud to highlight some of the amazing women who make our success possible.


“Since I joined Timex in 2007, I’ve grown, I’ve gained experience, I’ve learned so much. I’ve gotten to interact with different cultures all over the world. I have had so many opportunities that I couldn’t have had without this position.







“We should all be feminists, fighting for every kind of equality. My advice to all the young women out there is to sit in when it’s tough, and try and accomplish as much as you can.”




“I’ve learned in the last 15 years of my HR career to push through obstacles, and to push back professionally and respectfully without backing down. To me, We Don’t Stop means choosing the path that isn’t always easiest or straightest and figuring out how to do the right thing by an employee, a friend or my family.”




“ I have had the fortunate opportunity to travel the world and help build a global business. The colleagues I interact with everyday have also shaped who I am.  It is true that women have had many obstacles throughout history, but it is the determination of strong women and the support for each other that will allow us to push through and not stop.”


To see more of the Timex Spring/Summer 2020 collection for women, view the entire range of new releases here.








When you shop for a great running watch, you might be startled by the high price tags on some GPS-equipped options. After all, the technology is impressive and that tech usually comes at a cost; it might be tempting to spend less and sacrifice GPS capability altogether, since for some runners, a simple digital wristwatch will do the trick.

Here at Timex, we don’t think you should have to make that compromise. That’s why we’ve developed something new: Timex Smart’s first smartwatch, the Timex Ironman R300 GPS. This sophisticated piece of gear expands our Ironman® collection and delivers the best value in GPS running watches today.

“Thirty-four years ago, Timex pioneered a digital watch with the Ironman name that became the bedrock for today’s wearables. Today we level the playing field with our first smartwatch,” says Shawn Cummings, Senior VP of Advanced Technology at Timex Group. “With the R300, we will deliver the best value GPS smartwatch in the market, unlocking opportunities for all levels of runners and providing them with the features they need the most.”

The R300 offers best-in-class battery life — each charge gives you 25 days in smartwatch mode and up 20 hours in GPS mode. It also provides continuous optical heart rate monitoring, and sophisticated features for runners like elevation change, average pace, current pace and, of course, distance and lap recording for each and every run. The watch itself is packed with practical features like 30 meters of water resistance, an impressively comfortable silicone strap and a bright, crisp display that’s readable at a glance.

On top of all these features, the R300 works with our Timex Smart platform — this allows not only workout and health data analysis but also mobile notifications and Bluetooth music controls. Timex Smart is also how you’ll manage downloaded workouts, allowing you to keep all the information coming and going in one central place — the mobile app.

No matter whether you’re just starting in your fitness journey or already training for your next marathon, if you take your running seriously the R300 is up for the task. And at just $120, you would be hard-pressed to get more for less.

Discover the Timex Ironman R300 GPS watch today.

Travel Pouches & Watch Rolls from Timex

For the budding watches enthusiast, or really anyone who owns multiple watches for multiple occasions, some sort of travel-friendly storage option is great to have. Sure, you could pack your watches inside running shoes or balled-up wool socks — who hasn’t done that? — but if you’re serious about keeping your favorite watch safe and sound, no matter the destination, it’s time to think about a watch pouch, roll or traveler’s case from Timex. Whether you need to keep extra watches on hand in your daily briefcase, your weekend-trip duffle or your long-haul suitcase, you’ll find options here to help your Timex take a licking and keep on ticking.

Our leather single-watch pouch is lined with a soft microfiber fabric, making for scratch-proof way to transport your watch. This travel pouch fits nicely in a jacket pocket, as well as in any slip-pocket inside your duffle bag or suitcase. Available from Timex for $49.

With two recessed and padded slots as well as a padded flip-over divider, this sleek leather folio case provides a pile of protection without taking up all kinds of space. In fact, measuring just 7″ x 3.5″ x 2.4″, it takes up about as much space as the average laptop charger, and less than the average toiletries kit. If you often find yourself needing the option of a dress watch during the day and a casual watch for off-duty, look no further. Available from Timex for $79.

Got one watch for every occasion? If you’re the kind of person who travels with a dress watch, a casual watch, a sport watch and maybe even one more to spare, our Four-Watch Travel Roll has you covered. Made of rugged 16oz canvas with leather trim and a soft microfiber lining, this watch roll measures 9.75 x 10 inches when fully spread out. When you insert your four watches of choice and roll it up, however, the protective roll is no bigger than an eyeglass case or pair of thick socks. Available from Timex for $49.

Designed with the jet-setter in mind, this black leather zip case with a soft-touch lining and multiple pockets can stand in as a passport holder and even a wallet when you need to keep all your valuables in one easy-to-manage spot. Available from Timex for $69.