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The current Submariner's sliding adjustment in 2 mm increments kicks ass all over the place, but I have no preference between the old and new bracelets as far as actually wearing goes. Aside from the closure system, the main difference is just a bit of weight. The hollow- and solid-link versions are equally strong, equally durable, and they look exactly the same other than the clasp. I wouldn't say that anything has changed when it comes to the quality of manufacture. Compare a brand-new example of each, and they're both perfectly machined. I have the original 35-year-old bracelet for one of my GMTs; the clasp is still fine and closes with a nice positive snap, so it's tough to complain about the quality of that bit, either.
If kept clean (to clear out grit that vastly accelerates wear) and not worn loose, either type of bracelet can easily outlast the owner.
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