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Zenith: Did you disassemble the watches yourself? I ask because that's well beyond my comfort zone.

Is the second picture the end result of the patination?
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By: R. Goodfellow
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Zenith: I'm curious to know what's going on in the first picture.

Whether it's cleaning or patination, it looks ambitious.
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By: R. Goodfellow
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Jaeger-LeCoultre: You're correct, the bracelet clasp has two micro-adjusters on either side of the butterfly-style folding arms, similar to the Rolex Easy-Link system.

Also, the easy-change system that makes the bracelet fast and easy to install and uninstall--the best I've experienced.
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By: R. Goodfellow
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Jaeger-LeCoultre: Robin, 😉

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By: R. Goodfellow
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Jaeger-LeCoultre: Strap, without a doubt. I have the bracelet, but rarely wear it.

The issue is the end-links. The first articulation is well beyond the lugs, which causes the watch to wear MUCH bigger than when on a strap. Also, the tight tolerances between links cause the bracelet to bind, or kink. It's too bad, as the bracelet is beautifully made and solid.
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By: R. Goodfellow
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