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Is it safe to pair steel bracelets with platinum watches?

 
 By: fairfax : July 22nd, 2021-11:02
I’ve been considering sourcing a stainless steel bracelet for my GO Panoretrograph in platinum. Does anyone have experience in trying this or would you advise against this? Many thanks!

I have never done that but i have seen some pics from people who did .

 
 By: Watchonthewrist : July 22nd, 2021-14:29
Not sure if the color would match tbh

Why wouldn't it be safe, its not like

 
 By: Thomas_3 : July 22nd, 2021-14:45
it is going to explode.  Safe, yes, but may not match color wise.
But it may take a good eye to notice a color difference on some parings.

There could be a problem with the hard steel bracelet damaging the soft platinum lugs.

 
 By: mpg13 : July 22nd, 2021-17:18

First you need to make sure the steel bracelet would fit your case perfectly. I just put a steel bracelet on my white gold GO and am super happy with it…

 
 By: Chronometer (aka yacomino) : July 22nd, 2021-17:29




Nothing will happen to the Pt case, like gold it won't rust

 
 By: wover : July 22nd, 2021-17:32
i.e. any difference in potential won't corrode your Pt. If it does, you've been conned

It shouldn’t be a problem BTW platinum is not soft

 
 By: cazalea : July 24th, 2021-13:54




I think steel hardness comes in a range

 
 By: fairfax : July 25th, 2021-17:22
From what I understand, untreated steel is much softer, while 316L used in most watches are harder. When measured in Vickers, I see that PT is 125 vs mild steel is 130 vs 316L steel is 155, which is nearly 25% different.

Thanks for everyone’s responses so far

 
 By: fairfax : July 25th, 2021-17:04

I guess to summarize my concerns:

1) color mismatch (not that worried as the case is brushed and the PT and steel don’t look too different on the Panoretrograph PT case vs the GO Panograph 21mm bracelet
2) steel (if it’s 316 or harder) being harder than platinum may have the endlinks grinding against the softer case. This is my biggest concern
3) galvanic bonding between the different metals, but I’m not too worried about this 

I also do like the GO bracelet which has been lauded and has good microadjust capabilities. I’m also a big fan of bracelets in person and was hoping to find a solution.

from an aesthetic POV

 
 By: cshimokita : July 25th, 2021-22:31
the original Yacht Master with matt pt bezel and oystersteel case and bracelet is somewhat attractive ;-)