Vintage Gay Frères Rivet Style Bracelet

€2.600 excl. VAT

(VAT Free shopping outside the EU)

LUG WIDTH IN MM:

Gay Freres, or GF as it is known, was established in 1835 and went on to become one of the most important watch bracelet makers in the world. They provided watch bracelets for a number of prestigious brands including Rolex, Patek Phlippe and Zenith. In fact, so important was the brand to Rolex that as part of their ‘industrial rationalisation’ in the 1990s, they bought GF in 1998 and they continue to operate producing bracelets.

On offer is a rare vintage bracelet of rivet construction with spring-loaded links. The bracelet measure 16.5cm in length and has 20mm endlinks. These can by filed down to make them narrower as was done when sold by jewellers.

Care instruction

Our leather straps are made of all-natural vegetable tanned leather. There is no chemical coating or waxing on top, which is why they are so very soft and comfortable. This natural quality also causes aging of the leather by sunlight and everyday wear. Every strap gets its own individual patina, which is something we love. Please don’t treat the leather with oil or wax as it ruins the whole nature of the strap. This also comes with a warning: avoid direct contact with water, as it may cause stains. So don’t wear your strap in the shower or when swimming and be cautious of heavy rain or perspiration. We recommend not wearing the strap in the gym.

Installation advice

We advice using a high quality spring bar for installation of our straps. Especially with newer watches, the gap between the case or bezel and the spring bar may be more narrow than on older pieces. To avoid scratches on the leather, we advise you to treat the strap carefully and without force when installing it on your watch. If it does not seem to fit at all, you might need curved spring bars or a different watch strap altogether. If you're unsure about this, feel free to consult with us before placing your order.

Seems a bit loose? Here’s why

As vegetable tanned leather tends to shrink a bit when worn, all our leather watch straps are intentionally designed with a tiny bit more width to prevent them from feeling or looking too small after some wearing. When first installed with your watch, the strap might appear a bit snug – but after a while, it will stretch and fit perfectly between the lugs. For Bulang and Sons, this is a mark of quality and proof of our traditional and natural approach.

Can’t wait to receive you package? With Bulang and Sons you don’t have to. We are located in The Netherlands and have ways of getting your order to you fast. 

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