Forstner is re-releasing its most iconic product, the "Komfit" mesh watch band, worn famously by many astronauts during the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs. We've dubbed this band the "JB" in honor of the Jacoby Bender version that also helped popularize the model.
We've honored the original design to ensure that it still has all the characteristics that gave vintage versions the cult following they deserve, including the unique mesh style, the quick adjustment that allows for a perfect fit, and the front-facing clasp. We improved some things as well, in particular, making the band fit perfectly the watch with which it was typically worn in the 1960s -- the Omega Speedmaster. No longer is there a "gap" between the end link and the watch lugs; the band is now adjustable between 16 and 20mm (instead of the prior 16-19mm). And, the band is slightly wider at 16mm vs. 15mm in the prior version, to accommodate the wider end piece.
We are offering the band in two sizes - the original, which fits wrists starting at approximately 6.5 inches in circumference when worn on a Speedmaster Professional, and short, which will fit wrists starting at approximately 5.5 inches in circumference when fitted on the same watch.
Each order will be supplied with a pair of internal lug protectors.
The first wave of pre-orders are expected to start shipping at the end of November 2019.
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Below are specific measurements for the longest and shortest lengths of the original and “short” versions of the bracelet when buckled and not attached to a watch:
- Shortest length: 5.5 inches/14cm
- Longest length: 9 inches/23cm
- Shortest length: 4.3inches/11cm
- Longest length: 7.8 inches/20cm