Rubber B Launches the new SwimSkin Bracelets for the 40mm and 42mm Panerai Timepiece

Panerai Luminor 1950 with Swim Skin Watch Band

Panerai Luminor 1950 with Swim Skin Watch Band

The Panerai Luminor 1950 lineup of timepieces, including the PAM00677 Luminor Due 3 Days Oro Rosso, PAM00904 Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic Acciaio, PAM00906 Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic Acciaio, PAM00728 Luminor Due 3 Days Titanio, and the PAM00741 Luminor Due 3 Days Oro Rosso are exceptional 42mm models which come on leather strap.  Protected by a sapphire scratch-resistant crystal on both the front and the back side of the timepiece, the Panerai Luminor is an exquisite sports timepiece. 

Powered by an in-house designed hand-wound mechanical caliber P.1000/10, the 42mm Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days contain 12 lignes, 21 jewels, Glucydur® balance, and a KIF Parechoc® anti-shock device. These timepieces provide hour, minutes, a small seconds functions and a power reserve of 3 days.  They support a diving depth of 330 feet.  The timepiece is protected by Panerai exclusive crown locking mechanism that further protects the timepiece from water intrusion into the timepiece.

Rubber B has designed two exclusive SwimSkin bracelets for the Panerai 40mm and 42mm – which perfectly fits its 22mm lug space.  The first is a SwimSkin Alligator Leather band which fuses either Expresso or Black Alligator leather with Vulcanized rubber.

The second bracelet is a SwimSkin Ballistic model which resembles Alligator hide or sailcloth.  However, it is 100% rubber and is therefore fully waterproof and has an unmatched strength and resiliency.  No coatings, blends or bonding is utilized in the Rubber B vulcanized rubber manufacturing.

Rubber B SwimSkin Bands support the Panerai Tang Buckle

Both bands support the original Panerai tang Buckle.  Manufactured in Switzerland the SwimSkin bands provide a stylish elegance, while its vulcanized rubber provides a non-toxic, non-marking and allergen-free material which repels dust.  For more information about our Swimskin bands for Panerai timepieces visit our page here.

3 Designer Bracelets for the Rolex Submariner Ceramic

Rolex Submariner with Ceramic Case

Rolex Submariner with Ceramic Case

The Rolex Submariner is a stunning example of the peak performance sports timepiece.  Designed to be a diver’s watch back in the early 1950’s at the urging of amateur diver and Rolex director, Rene P. Jeanneret, Rolex launched the legendary timepiece in 1953.  Soon afterwards August and Jacques Piccard achieved a world diving record to an amazing 10,335 feet below the ocean’s surface, with their new experimental Submariner reference 6200 on their wrist.  Eventually the Submariner was making silver screen history being worn by Jacques Cousteau and James Bond’s Sean Connery, catapulting the Sub into the history books as one of the most popular Rolex timepieces in history.

The official launch of the Submariner occurred in 1954 with the reference 6204 and in 1955 with the 6205.   The early Submariner touted a triplock waterproofness system that supported a depth of 660 feet.  The central core of the timepiece’s design is the rotating bezel, which keeps track of air time for divers. Rolex also designed an adjustable clasp that allows divers to wear their timepiece on top of their gloves and wetsuit with a quick adjusting clasp.

Rolex continued to innovate with the Submariner, adding highly luminescent hour markers, a scratchproof sapphire glass, and a cyclops lens to add readability to the date window.  Rolex increase the depth rating to support a dive depth of 1000 feet.

The new Rolex Submariner 116610 has a ceramic bezel which rotates in one direction.  It is scratch-resistant with numerals and graduations coated in platinum.  The 40 mm size of the Submariner case is probably the perfect size for nearly any wrist.  It is powered by a caliber 3135 (with a COSC rating) and has a 48 hour power reserve.  The Oystersteel case and bracelet, made out of high performance 904L steel, make the Submariner one of the most durable watches in the market.

Rolex Submariner Band Supports Original Rolex Glidelock Clasp

Rolex Submariner Band Supports Original Rolex Glidelock Clasp

Rubber B has developed 3 Bracelets to support the Rolex Submariner.  The first is a carbon fiber series rubber strap engineered to fit the Rolex Submariner Ceramic case and the original Rolex Glidelock clasp.  This designer band is infused with carbon molecules to provide strength technology to reduce friction, weight, and stress resistance while maintaining the supple, flexible comfort around the wearer’s wrist.  For more information on the Glidelock Supported Edition for the Rolex Submariner, click here.

Tang Buckle Strap for the Rolex Submariner

Tang Buckle Strap for the Rolex Submariner

The second bracelet for the Rolex Submariner designed by Rubber B is the Tang Buckle Series.  Rubber B has developed 5 solid color watchbands and 3 dual (vulchromatic) color bands.  Each band comes with a 316L Stainless Steel Tang Buckle and is engineered to fit the Rolex Submariner Ceramic case.  All Rubber B bands are made in Switzerland of pure vulcanized rubber.  To view the large selection of color options for the Tang Buckle Series, click here.

Velcro Strap for the Rolex Submariner with Titanium Loop

Velcro Strap for the Rolex Submariner with Titanium Loop

Rubber B made history of their own by designing a unique strap for the Rolex Submariner.  The exclusive Velcro® Alfatex® closure provides a comfortable and esthetically pleasing mount to the Submariner Cermaic case.  It is secured on an attachment loop, strengthened with a Titanium Insert for optimal performance.  The Velcro stitching is hand-sewn with Gore-Tenara® Marine Thread, achieving maximum resistance to UV-rays, atmospheric conditions, & chemicals.  For more information on this exceptional watchband for the Rolex Submariner with ceramic case, visit the Velcro® Series page here.

 

4 Bracelets for the Rolex Air King 34mm

Air King with White Bracelet

Air King with White Bracelet – Reference 14000

The Rolex Air-King with a 34mm case has a very long and complex history.  The earliest Rolex Air-Kings were introduced in the 1930’s and had other “Air” names (Air Lion, Air Tiger and Air Giant)which were dropped in the 1940’s.  The “Air-King” name stuck and became a key brand marketed to pilots during World War II and beyond.  The long-produced Rolex Air-King Reference 5500 was released in 1957 to pay homage to the many soldiers of war.  It stayed on the market for an unbelievable 37 years.  The 5500 was ahead of its time, sporting the first all in-house movement made by Rolex – the caliber 1520.  It was made with only 17 jewels, due to import laws, but had excellent timekeeping capabilities.  The reference 5500 has a solid durable construction – with both steel case and band, and a twinlock waterproofness system with water resistance of 100 meters.  It also had an acrylic protective crystal which proved to be a solid front glass until the introduction of sapphire crystal in the reference 14000.

The Air-King Reference 14000, introduced in 1989, also changed the movement to a more modern calibre 3000.  The 14010, also introduced in 1989, introduced the Engine Turned Bezel.  Although some of these early models came with the original style of dial from the 5500, the new Explorer style dial with the Arabic numerals at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock were increasingly used.  See the Explorer 14000 pictured above.  The Rolex Air-King Reference 14000M and 14010M were introduced in 2000 with a new caliber 3130.  Throughout the majority of the Air-King production history, the 34mm case was used, with a few small exceptions (such as a small run of Explorer case based Air-King 5500’s which had a 35 mm case).

It wasn’t until 2007 that the Air King got a total transformation.  The case changed to become thicker and received its first COSC certification. The 2007 models include the Reference 114200, 114210, and 114234.  

The Air King 116900 finally gave the Air-King a completely new look, and adopting a 40 mm case and a caliber 3131.  This new Air-King utilizes a 60 second dial with 5, 10, 20, 25, 35, 40, 50 and 55 at those minute markers.  The numeral 5 appears at the 1 o’clock position, and 10 at 2 o’clock and so on.  However, oddly it retains the 3, 6 and 9 designations at the 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock positions.  The two numerical schemes attempt to match the cockpit board instrumentation used in some of Rolex speed land tests.

The Rolex Air-King is an exceptional example of the Rolex dedication to precision instruments and the longevity of the brand.  Its simple look and consistent design became a Rolex mainstay and a low cost entry to the Rolex brand.  However, Rolex took exceptional pains throughout the Air-King history to improve the design, construction and performance of the Air-King – even moving away from the simple face design to a far more complex cockpit look.

Rolex Air King With Black and White Rubber B bracelets

Rolex Air King With Black and White Rubber B bracelets

Rubber B designed 4 bracelets for the Rolex Air-King 34 mm timepiece.  For the new Air-King 40mm, visit the Rubber B page here.  Rubber B supports the Air-King 34mm case with 19mm lug space.  The strap utilizes “Blocked Integration” engineering for a flawless, motionless flush mount to the Air-King case.  This band is designed to mount the original Oyster Clasp that came with the Rolex steel Oyster band.

All Rubber B bands are made in Switzerland of pure vulcanized rubber.  No coatings, blends or bonding is used in the manufacturing of this Rubber B strap.  This strap comes with 3 solid colors and a Tuxedo Velour option, which is an upscale version of the Jet Black strap.  For more information, please visit our Air-King 34mm page here.

7 Designer Straps for the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R-001

Patek Philippe 5980R

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R

The Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R-001, with its classic octagonal bezel and rounded porthole case design epitomizes yachting at its finest.  The 5980R-001 is an exquisite sports watch which is durable enough for the most active lifestyles, yet elegant to be worn at any upscale affair.

This Nautilus brand has epitomized fine watchmaking since 1976.  This Nautilus is a chronograph with a 60-minute and 12-hour dial at the 6 o’clock position.  The pushers are elegantly placed into the case between the 1 and 2 o’clock and between 4 and 5 o’clock positions, above and below the screw down crown.  It has a date window at 3 o’clock.  The hour and minutes hands as well as the hour markers are rose gold with luminescent coating.

Patek Philippe 5980R With Expresso Brown and Jet Black Rubber B Straps

Patek Philippe 5980R With Expresso Brown and Jet Black Rubber B Straps

The dial is a dark brown with embossed patterning.  A matching set of cufflinks with the same embossed patterning and rose gold can be had for an additional cost.  The 5980R-001 is also available in steel, white gold, or two-tone combinations.

The 5980R-001 is powered by a Caliber CH 28-520 C self-winding automatic movement.  It has 308 parts, 35 jewels, a Gyromax balance and Spriomax spring.  The central rotor is in 21k gold.  It has a 55 hour power reserve.  Both the front and back of the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R-001 are covered by sapphire crystal.  The beauty of the movement can be seen through the back crystal viewing window.  The Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R-001 originally ships with a brown crocodile leather band.

Patek Philippe 5980R With Blue and White Rubber B Straps

Patek Philippe 5980R With Blue and White Rubber B Straps

Rubber B has developed 7 stunning bracelets for the Patek Philippe 5980R-001.  Although there are two different shades of brown (Expresso & Chocolate) that can match the original crocodile leather band that came with the 5980R, there are several other color bands that can help make a statement.  The Rubber B bands are durable and able to withstand the rigors of an athletic lifestyle.  All Rubber B bands are manufactured in Switzerland from Vulcanized rubber.  No coating, blends or bonding is used in the manufacturing – ensuring long-lasting strength.

Patek Philippe 5980R with Rubber B Band that supports Deployant Buckle

Patek Philippe 5980R with Rubber B Band that supports Deployant Buckle

The Vulcanized rubber straps are engineered to fit the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980 case and deployant buckle. The Rubber B straps are compatible with models that come on a leather crocodile strap, not the ones that come on a gold bracelet. For more information visit our page here.

 

7 Exquisite Bracelets for the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31mm Reference 177200-0019

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31mm Ref 177200

Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31mm Ref 177200

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31mm Ref 177200-0019 has a unique blend of features that make this a perfect timepiece for any occasion.  To begin with, the black dial looks stunning against the polished Oystersteel case and 18 ct gold hour markers with luminescence.  

This timepiece could easily pass for a dress watch in any circumstance.  But its superalloy 904L steel gives it resistance to corrosion.  And it has a twinlock double waterproofness system that gives it resistance to 330 feet of water.  The sapphire crystal glass protects from scratches and the Oystersteel bracelet with Oysterclasp gives it strength and durability.

One of the unique features is that this is a 31 mm timepiece.  This is much smaller in size and far lighter than their larger 39mm through 44mm timepieces.  The black dial allows this to be a truly unisex model which symbolizes the timeless classic style that makes Rolex a “Rolex.”

The Ref 177200-0019 is powered by a calibre 2231 self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. The 2231 is a certified Swiss chronometer, a designation reserved for high-precision watches that are extremely reliable and have successfully passed the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) tests.  The caliber 2231 provides 48 hours of power reserve.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual reference 177200

Rubber B Bands for the Rolex Oyster Perpetual reference 177200

Rubber B has developed 7 bands for the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31mm Reference 177200-0019.  This allows the Rolex owner to have the comfort of wearing a water resistant and strong Vulcanized rubber band which is great for swimming and athletics.  Yet it has an exquisite look and is stylish, and has many colors to fit personality or fashion.

Rubber B bands are all made in Switzerland and are precisely calibrated to fit the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31mm case (16mm Lug Space ONLY) and Datejust 31mm (16mm Lug Space ONLY). This strap utilizes “Blocked Integration” engineering, incorporating solid inserts for a flawless, motionless flush mount to the Oyster Perpetual 31mm case. No coating, blends or bonding were used in the production process, preventing bleeding and protecting the stylish color and look and durability of the Rubber B strap.  Each strap has a tang buckle for easy adjustment and a comfortable fit.  For more information on the Rubber B straps for the Rolex Oyster Perpetual 31mm, go to our page here.