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Strapcode's Super-J Steel Band for Orient Kamasu

blog's review of the Kamasu
is our most read review ever, and remains among our top five most popular posts
of all time. This goes to show how much interest Orient's humble diver-style
watch continues to draw, just like its predecessors (Ray/Mako) did.

light of its popularity it only made sense that Strapcode, a well-regarded
source of aftermarket watch bands, would offer a steel bracelet compatible with
the Kamasu; and, it also made sense to post our impressions of this bracelet on
the blog.

it's not that the Kamasu's original bracelet is particularly bad – it isn't. For the
price, it is a decent product that does its job well. However, the Kamasu is
generally seen as a watch that goes beyond mere decent (for its price that is)
and so many owners rightfully feel they can make this sapphire-equipped, good
looking diver even more perfect if only they upgraded the bracelet.

is where Strapcode steps in, offering a range of aftermarket bands in different
styles. These claim to deliver some technical advantages over the stock
product, with a generally finer level of finishing, and addressing two specific
downsides of the original: the hollow end-links, and the pressed clasp.

is, how do these specs feel in person, and does the Strapcode bracelet live up
to the expectations? To answer these questions I've examined one particular
sample – The Strapcode Jubilee-style bracelet, "22mm
Super-J Louis JUB Watch Band compatible with Orient Kamasu, 316L Stainless
Steel Brushed V-Clasp

sample bracelet came attached to a lovely red-dial Kamasu, courtesy of Mr. Eitan
R., who offered some wrist time with his watch (and which luckily also fit my wrist perfectly, no adjustments needed).

anything else I should say the choice of jubilee makes perfect sense.
Strapcode's oyster-style bands would at least from afar look too similar to the
stock bracelet design, and I think the jubilee does stand out as the most
versatile among the other options. But of course, this is down to personal

the Super-J bracelet in your hand, it takes a few moments to appreciate. The initial impression is "okay, it's a Kamasu on a bracelet". Let this sink in for a moment, and you understand that's good thing: you don't notice it's an
aftermarket product. The end-link fits the case perfectly, and the metal surfaces match
the case as well.

parts where an upgrade is expected, are indeed as promised. The milled clasp
feels good; I have to admit that at the Kamasu's price point, its pressed clasp
never really bothered me, but for those who care about this the Strapcode
certainly offers an improvement. Unfortunately this clasp does not include a
divers' extension – you can get that from Strapcode for an additional 63 USD,
which is not far from the price of the bracelet itself.

solid end-links make for a more substantial upgrade in my opinion, as hollow
ones always seem a bit of a weak link when you connect a steel case to a steel
bracelet. And it seems that not just the end-links but also the entire bracelet
is very solid, with the half-rounded jubilee pieces just slightly thicker than
the Kamasu's original oyster links.

the wrist, the Strapcode Super-J feels comfortable, and well balanced. Its 83g
weight is just right for the watch. There is just the right amount of
flexibility while retaining its shape, and certainly no hair-pulling.

owner of the watch, who wears the bracelet tighter (on his larger wrist than
mine) did mention the clasp would sometime dig more sharply into his skin, but
I would imagine that is what you get when you wear steel that tightly! I did
not feel any such sharpness.

sum up, the Strapcode steel band does indeed provide an upgraded wearing
experience. The jubilee styling works great with the Kamasu, and seems just a
tad more luxurious, and the added solidity and good finishing complement the
style very well.

87 USD, the Super-J is close to a third of the price of the watch itself. However
if you look at the absolute numbers, what you get for less than $400 is a good
looking, mechanically reliable, robust watch with a bracelet to match. Seems
like a good deal to me!