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Hello! I am researching solid 18k vintage Transoceans for a possible purchase, like the one pictured. I wondered, what bracelet/strap options did these come on? Was there an 18k bracelet? If not, anyone know of a period correct one that could be used, say from JB Champion or another brand?

Perhaps old ads show what this 18k varietal was offered on? Any advice is appreciated!

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Leather I suspect.

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Thanks for sharing the ads!!! That second image show a French ad that references 18 carats, and shows the watch on a mesh bracelet. Could it have come on gold mesh? Obviously, I’d expect that to be obscenely rare, but you never know…


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2022 2:24 pm 
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Doubt it, but you never know…


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here some color pics that should provide the answers ;)

gold mesh (steel was available too for the steel TO, these are the same as for the SuperOcean 1004/807):
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2022 6:58 am 
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Ohh man, that gold mesh is amazing! Thanks for sharing the image. Now, anyone know where I can source that bracelet?


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I've been searching for one for years, there's one in the breitling Museum in Grenchen, so at least we know they really existed


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and, btw, the leather straps for the TO had "twin jet" buckles, though I've never seen one in gold irl


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Ah, so rare doesn’t even begin to describe it. Do you think there is a period-correct JB Champion or NSA 18k bracelet that would be an acceptable substitute? Though those are quite rare too…


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“You never know” :D

To be fair, the gold photo is the same watch as the steel photo, just coloured yellow…. Was it ever actually sold in gold? Good to hear there is a museum piece though!


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buddman wrote:
“You never know” :D

To be fair, the gold photo is the same watch as the steel photo, just coloured yellow…. Was it ever actually sold in gold? Good to hear there is a museum piece though!

yes, it was sold in gold, saw another one some years ago.

here's the Grenchen piece, V187 in the collection

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Ah, so rare doesn’t even begin to describe it. Do you think there is a period-correct JB Champion or NSA 18k bracelet that would be an acceptable substitute? Though those are quite rare too…


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worth a try, but finding that in the right shade of yellow gold to precisely fit won't be easy at all, I'm afraid


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It’s a nice fine mesh, like the original steel ones. Nice.


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buddman wrote:
“You never know” :D

To be fair, the gold photo is the same watch as the steel photo, just coloured yellow…. Was it ever actually sold in gold? Good to hear there is a museum piece though!

yes, it was sold in gold, saw another one some years ago.

here's the Grenchen piece, V187 in the collection

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Wow, this is stunning!


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I added an NSA bracelet to this watch. Anything that fits will work but try and match the gold color.

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