Watchadoo bracelets have been gaining popularity in the watch community. They are primarily sold through forums and on eBay. Wathcadoo bracelets are 5-link across bracelets that come with straight ends in 18, 20, 22, and 24mm sizes. These watches fill a void for very high quality straight end link bracelets that can easily be fitted to a variety of watches. Some watches come on sub-par, uncomfortable, or simply undesirable bracelets and Watchadoo fills the need for a superior quality bracelet that can be used with many watches at an affordable price.
The 20mm and 18mm sizes do not taper. The 22mm size, which is featured in this review tapers from 22mm at the lugs to 20mm at the clasp. The links are 4.5mm thick. They are solid, heavy links of stainless steel and are curved on the top and flat on the back. The bracelet comes with two spring bars. These spring bars are very hefty at 2.5mm thick. However, they have standard size ends (the part that actually goes into the lug hole) sized at 0.8mm. This is ideal for most applications as the 2.5mm thick bars are much more rugged, yet the smaller ends fits the majority of watches on the market today. The ends will be too small for some Seiko models, but Watchadoo is geared toward these Seikos by making the end links of the bracelet 2.5mm, the same size as the Seiko “fat” spring bars. So, you can easily put these Watchadoo bracelets on a Seiko with 2.5mm thick spring bars with the thicker Seiko end size. I have been testing the bracelet using the spring bars that came with it and I must say the spring bars are very high quality.
Fit and finish
Fit and finish of this bracelet is amazing. The links are heavy solid stainless steel and very well put together. They move in relation to one another very easily, providing a comfort that is hard to beat. One gripe, is that the links use the cotter pin style of attachment instead of screw-links. I would have preferred screw links as they are a bit more secure. However, I have had bracelets with screw links get stripped, which ruins that link, whereas if a cotter pin breaks, you can just replace the pin and keep going. So I can understand if this was a conscious design decision, but I would still prefer a high quality screw link system, as the high quality screw links are unlikely to strip. The end piece of the bracelet is slightly thinner than the 4.5mm links, which I do not like. I wish they were the same size, as it almost looks like the end sinks down a bit in relation to the overall bracelet. Same thing with the last link that attaches to the clasp on both sides, those are also thinner than the overall bracelet links and I wish they were the same size for consistency and a uniform look.
This bracelet is very comfortable. No other way to put it. The links are heavy enough to feel solid and secure on the wrist, but not too heavy as to weigh your arm down. The links move fluidly and bend to your wrist’s contours perfectly. My only gripe is the clasp. This is the type of clasp that I’ve seen on $10 silicone straps and is a 3-hole micro adjust side-button release with security lock (see pictures below). Whereas the clasp works just fine, it doesn’t have enough micro-adjust for my liking. I wish it had 4 micro adjust holes, not 3. Having only 3 doesn’t allow you to fully adjust the bracelet 1 whole link size, so there is a point where you could be between removing 1 link and being on the largest hole or leaving 1 link in and being on the smallest hole. Actually this is exactly where my wrist was! I have a 6.75″ wrist, and likely this isn’t a problem for most people. But I am very demanding when it comes to bracelets and I think this is a flaw with this clasp. I have since switched the clasp out for a Seiko 4-hole micro-adjust clasp, which can adjust a longer distance, and it fits like a dream. Don’t let this discourage you from buying this bracelet, however, the clasp issue is really very minor and doesn’t effect the absolutely spectacular comfort that you get with this Watchadoo bracelet.
In conclusion, I highly recommend this Watchadoo bracelet for anyone not quite satisfied with their current bracelet or strap, or anyone who simply wants to change the look and feel of their watch with a very high quality, heavy, thick, stainless steel bracelet. I should mention this bracelet comes in polished or brushed stainless steel, and I opted for the brushed version, but both are the same in every respect except finish.