What to do against bracelet stretch?

First of all let me explain the cause of bracelet stretch: 

Bracelet stretch happens when parts chafe against one another for an extended period of time. During this time micro parts of material will be chafed off. 
After years of chafing against each other it will start to look like this:

In this picture you can see the difference between a pin and link that are new in contrast to a pin and link from a jubilee bracelet that had been worn daily for 25+ years.
The worn link (in the right bottom) is getting close to the point of breaking. When this happens the watch will fall on the ground.
Obviously you don't want that to happen so you wonder:

What to do against stretch?
There is no magic trick that will stop the stretching process.
Stretch will happen while wearing your watch.
Luckily there are a few things you can do to slow down the stretching process.

First of all keep your bracelet clean.
As you can see in the picture below your bracelet can get quite dirty.
The dirt in your bracelet will function as sanding paper and will accelerate the wear of material. 
Give your watch bracelet a wash from time to time using an ultrasonic bath or a soft toothbrush with warm soapy water.

Don't wear your watch too loose.
When you wear your watch too loose the bracelet has room to move. This free play makes the bracelet move more compared to one that is nicely sized, because of this the parts chafe more often against one another and therefore the stretch process will be accelerated.

Hopefully these tips can help you in the future with reducing the stretch process on your watch bracelet.

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