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Rolex Pilot Watches of Top Gun Maverick

Rolex Pilot Watches of Top Gun Maverick
Rolex Sky-Dweller with Black and Red Rubber B Band.

The Rolex Pilot Watches of Top Gun Maverick

In order to look at the possible Rolex Pilot Watches of Top Gun Maverick, it is important to understand the unique Rolex History as the original aviator’s timepiece maker. First, when we think of Rolex, we immediately think of the Rolex Daytona – the iconic racecar driver’s timepiece. Then, we may consider the Submariner – the leading diving timepiece. And then, some people might even think about the Yachtmaster – Regatta Sailor’s timepiece. Or the Explorer – the timepiece for climbers. However, pilot’s timepieces, are an after-thought for Rolex aficionados.

Rolex Pilot Watches of Top Gun Maverick
Rolex Air King with Orange Rubber B band

Three and a Half Rolex Pilot Watches

One of the biggest reasons, Rolex may not be as well known for its pilot watches is the fact that there are 3 distinct watches that fit the billing. Rolex designated the Sky-Dweller as its pilot’s timepiece. Rolex aptly assigned the “Dweller” title to the name. However, the GMT-Master II could easily be considered a pilot’s watch. Then, there is the Air-King.

However, if you go back to 1953, you might even loop in the original Rolex Turn-O-Graph Thunderbird as the first official Rolex aviator’s timepiece. The U.S. Air Force Thunderbird Demonstration Squadron made this their official timepiece. Rolex discontinued the Thunderbird in 2011.

Rolex Pilot Watches of Top Gun Maverick
Rolex Pepsi Rolex GMT Master II with Black Rubber B band.

Which Rolex is Maverick’s Top Gun?

Almost 30 years ago Top Gun made Tom Cruse a household name. Everyone learned the names of Goose, Iceman, and Maverick. The plot follows a hotshot pilot Maverick and his good-natured navigator Goose into Top Gun training school. The film is set in warm southern California. Fueled by sun, sand and the on-set chemistry of Maverick and Charlie played by Kelly McGillis, Top Gun quickly soared to the top.

Similarly, the new Top Gun Maverick, set to come out in Summer 2020, follows Tom Cruise’s character and his new on-screen romance with Jennifer Connelly.

Rolex Pilot Watches of Top Gun Maverick

Maverick is older. He could be a 2 star general by now. Instead, he is still a captain. He is still a great pilot and he feels most comfortable in the air. He is is the only pilot that has shot down 3 enemies. We know there will be a new conflict? Russia? China? Or something new? While, we know there must be a wrinkle. Perhaps Goose’s son comes to Top Gun. Perhaps Iceman challenges Maverick again?

Most noteworthy, we see Connelly on the back of Maverick’s motorcycle. Therefore, we know there will be a love interest for Maverick. She is a single mother and owner of the local bar. However, it seems like the ghosts of Goose and Maverick’s father may still be with him. Certainly their memories will prevent him from being truly committed to anything but his aircraft. The rush of speed quiets the memories of the past.

Rolex Pilot Watches of Top Gun Maverick
Rolex GMT-Master I with Black Rubber B band

This is Maverick’s Time

The word maverick refers to something that blazes new trails. They are the first to achieve. In this vein, we feel that Maverick might be most likely to wear a vintage Rolex GMT-Master I. Perhaps he would remember that his dad – a successful pilot. Perhaps it is a gift from Viper – a friend of his dad’s and mentor to Maverick.

First, I think that the above GMT Master is less flashy than the standard Pepsi dial GMT. The black band from Rubber B would compliment the black dial and bezel while providing comfort when playing volleyball on the beach.

Secondly, the second timezone would allow Maverick to keep track of time and two time zones even when on an air craft carrier which was always on the move. The large luminescent hour markers provide tremendous visibility even at 45,000 feet above sea level. I am not sure if Maverick would opt for the older reference 6542, but more likely the reference 1675 which was introduced in 1959 and continued through 1980. Maverick would respect the longevity of a timepiece like this, similar to his own longevity in his role as fighter ace.

The Watches of Ford v Ferrari

The watches of Ford v Ferrari
Image from the book offered on Amazon

The watches of Ford v Ferrari we describe here are representative timepieces we would expect these race car drivers to wear at Le Mans 1966 if they had the choice.

In 1966, automotive visionary Carroll Shelby teamed up with British race car driver Ken Miles. Their mission was to build the Ford GT40. This was to be a race car able to defeat the Ferrari racing team at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France.

The Watches of Ford v Ferrari
New Hollywood Film with Matt Damon and Christian Bale

The new Hollywood film stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale. It is currently playing in theaters now. The story begins with famous Ford Motor Company VP Lee Iacocca who recommends the purchase of Ferrari. However Enzo Ferrari walks out of the deal with Ford and takes a deal with Fiat instead. As a result, a furious Henry Ford II hires Shelby American owner Carroll Shelby. His goal is to defeat the reigning king of Le Mans, Ferrari in a new Ford GT40.

Rolex Daytona the Race Car Driver’s Dream Timepiece with Rubber B band and Rolex Clasp

The Watches of Ford v Ferrari

Any race car driver would love the Rolex Daytona which is a perfect timepiece for the Ford driver. We would envision that Ford’s Carroll Shelby would be wearing this timepiece. He is a visionary. He is a past champion driver himself. Undoubtedly, he would love wearing a Rolex Daytona. Pictured above is a silver Daytona with a comfortable Rubber B strap.

We believe that Shelby would appreciate the Rolex history of horological discovery. As a designer himself, he would appreciate Rolex’s quest for perfection. He, himself, sidelined by a heart condition, found his calling. He would develop the supercar that would win Ford the title in both Le Mans and Daytona.

Ken Miles Gold Rolex Daytona
Ken Miles Gold Rolex Daytona

Christian Bale plays the British driver Ken Miles. He is flashier. Unpredictable. He is a mechanic and would appreciate the utility of the Rolex Daytona. However, we believe with his European roots, he would appreciate the Gold and Black coloring of the above Rolex Daytona timepiece. This would win him his first title at Daytona, driving Shelby’s Ford GT40. He, too, overcame disaster and possible death after his breaks failed during a test drive.

The Rolex Daytona has set the high water mark for car drivers the world over with a timepiece that can accurately gauge lap times with its two pushers above and below the winding crown. Ken Miles would want the best. We believe he would prefer the gold to go with his flashier tastes and since he essentially “won the gold” at Daytona.

The Watches of Ford v Ferrari
The exquisite Roger Dubuis Excalibur timepiece

The Ferrari Team

The Ferrari team was the team to beat in 1966. They had won Le Mans in 1958, 1960-1964, and had 5 wins at 24 hours of Daytona as well. Winning is part of the Ferrari tradition.

Although the Roger Dubuis was not around in 1966, they have been making striking timepieces since 1995. Their timepieces utilize racing technology and coloring from the famous Pirelli tires and Lamborghini. The ties to Italian supercars would definitely be something that the proud Enzo Ferrari team would support.

The RDDBEX series of timepieces from Roger Dubuis combined with the ultimate rubber straps from Rubber B, provide the ultimate timepiece to support the ultimate racing team.

The Watches of Ford v Ferrari
Roger Dubuis with Blue Rubber B strap and Blue Stitching

Roger Dubuis timepieces generally use the skeleton dial so that you can see the beauty and majesty of the design inside. These timepieces are unique works of art. They are only made in limited runs – meaning that typically only 88 units are ever made of one style. This makes these timepieces ultra rare and a collector’s treasured possession.

The beauty behind these timepieces is the attention to exquisite detail, the touches of coloring that matches actual race cars, and the bands themselves. Rubber B is the official bracelet designer for Roger Dubuis. They have a huge array of colors and styles to match each unique Roger Dubuis timepiece.

Best Straps for the Panerai Luminor Submersible Flyback

Best Watch Straps for the Panerai Luminor Submersible Flyback
Panerai Luminor Submersible Flyback PAM00615 with Rubber B Combat Strap

Panerai Luminor Submersible Flyback

Before we look at the best straps for the Panerai Luminor Submersible Flyback, we will look at the timepiece itself. The Panerai Luminor Submersible Flyback reference PAM00615 is a professional diver’s timepiece. The original 1956 design inspires the design of the PAM00615. The 1956 Egyptian Navy timepiece was known as “L’Egiziano”.

Panerai Luminor Submersible Flyback Case

The 1956 timepiece had a huge case of 60 millimeters. The Panerai Luminor Submersible case is a much smaller 47 millimeters in size. As a result, the Panerai Luminor PAM00615 is both light and strong. The Panerai Lumonor sports titanium metal case, which results in remarkable corrosion resistance and physical and mechanical strength.

Best Straps for the Panerai Luminor Submersible Flyback

PAM00615 P.9100 Calibre Movement

The movement is an automatic P.9100 calibre. Rather than outsource, Panerai produces their own movements themselves. Therefore, they can select the best products to build with. Panerai utilizes a Glucydur balance and an Incabloc anti-shock device. This results in a highly stable timepiece. The Panerai beats at 28,800 alterations per hour. As a result, the Panerai has tremendous power. It has 302 components and 37 jewels. Certainly Panerai has spared no expense. The PAM00615 has a power reserve of 3 days. It also supports a water resistance of 300 meters. For this reason the PAM00615 is a spectacular dive watch.

Panerai PAM00615 Design Features

The 615 has a black dial with highly luminous Arabic numerals and dots for the hour markers. The large hands provide great visibility. It has a small seconds dial at 9 o’clock and an hours counter at 3 o’clock. The bezel rotates counter clockwise.

The big blue hand provides the chronograph flyback function. The two pushers at 10 o’clock and 8 o’clock control the chronograph. Just push the 8 o’clock pusher once. The chronograph hands return instantly to zero. The Panerai Luminor Timepiece comes with a Caoutchouc black strap.

Best Straps for the Panerai Luminor Submersible Flyback
Best Made Rubber Bands for the Panerai Luminor Submersible Flyback Reference PAM00615

The Best Rubber Bands for Panerai

Each Rubber B Vulcanized Rubber Combat Strap fits all Panerai Luminor Submersible Flyback 47mm models. Rubber B developed “SwimSkin®” to look like Kevlar. However, it is actually 100% Rubber. Therefore, it is waterproof for all sports and aquatic activities. Similarly,

Each Rubber watch band is Tortion-tested for extreme strength and security. All Rubber B bands are made 100% in Switzerland. Similarly, each band is hand-sewn with HYDROTURF® Marine Thread. Therefore, this provides maximum resistance to UV-rays, atmospheric conditions, & chemicals.

For more information on the best straps for the Panerai Luminor Submersible Flyback, go to our Panerai 47mm page here.

3 Designer Bracelets for the Rolex Sea-Dweller

Rubber B Sea Dweller Straps

The Rolex Sea-Dweller Design

Rubber B has developed 3 designer bracelets for the Rolex Sea-Dweller. The Sea-Dweller from Rolex is a brilliant example of Rolex engineering and advancement of horological ingenuity. This timepiece is designed for extreme depth diving. It supports water resistance to an unbelievable 4000 feet. Rolex built the Sea-Dweller with its time-honored Oyster case. Most noteworthy, they built the Sea-Dweller with a 43 mm case. The platinum coated tactile edge around the bezel gives divers the ability to adjust the dive time precisely to their dive and decompression times. Consequently this provides extreme visibility even in the darkest parts of the ocean depths.

The Rolex Sea-Dweller was launched in 1967, and Rolex continued to develop its extreme diver watches. It unveiled the Deepsea version in 2008 supporting a dive depth of 12,800 feet.

The Sea-Dweller has excellent legibility in dark conditions. Similarly, it has large Chromalight hour markers and hands which provide a long-lasting blue glow. The date window on the Sea Dweller is uniquely visible. In contrast, Rolex removed the cyclops lens on the Deepsea model.

Rolex Sea Dweller White Rubber B Strap

Exceptional Features of the Sea-Dweller

First of all, each Sea-Dweller has an escape valve which allows proper decompression in the hyperbaric chamber. Also, this chamber is composed mostly of helium. These tiny helium molecules penetrate the watch case through the gaskets. Therefore, the pressure inside the timepiece can equalize with the pressure inside the changing habitat.

Similarly, the patented gas escape valve keeps the scratchproof sapphire crystal from popping off due to high pressure during decompression. For that reason, the Sea-Dweller preserves the tight waterproofness of the Oyster case and the integrity of the ultimate diver’s timepiece.

Rolex Sea Dweller with Red Rubber B strap
Tang buckle system and Red Band provided by Rubber B

The innovative case design utilizing a grade 5 titanium and nitrogen-alloyed steel allows the Deepsea to withstand weight up to 3 tonnes. The incredible strength of this timepiece allowed James Cameron to turn the Rolex Deepsea into one of his greatest characters. He showed how the timepiece could withstand the dive depth of 11,000 feet deep in the Mariana Trench. The trench is one of the deepest parts of the entire Earth’s ocean.

The Sea-Dweller Reference 126600 has a calibre 3235 self-winding movement. It has a 70 hour power reserve. It is certified as a superlative chronometer. The Sea-Dweller comes with a folding Oysterlock safety clasp and the Rolex Glidelock extension system. It has a Fliplock extension link – allowing divers to easily adjust the watch band on the wrist or on top of a dive suit.

Rolex Sea Dweller Black Strap

Three Bracelets for the Rolex Sea-Dweller

Rubber B developed 3 designer bracelets for the Rolex Sea-Dweller. Firstly, this includes a Vulcanized Rubber strap precision engineered to fit Rolex Sea-Dweller 43mm. Then, this strap utilizes “Blocked Integration” engineering, including solid inserts for a flawless, motionless flush mount to the Sea-Dweller case.

ROLEX EXPLORER AND SUBMARINER MODELS RELEASED IN 1953

Rolex released many of the professional models that would go on to become their most popular in the 1950s. The world became intrigued by exploration, experimentation, aviation and diving in this decade. Hans Wilsdorf remained tapped into the zeitgeists of the time and made sure that Rolex wristwatches went along for the ride. 

A 316L Stainless Steel buckle comes with this strap. The finish will last a lifetime. Rubber B makes each bracelet in Switzerland of pure vulcanized rubber. No coating, blends or bonding are used. This creates a non-toxic, non marking, and allergen free bracelet. The rubber band matches the exceptional beauty and strength to this exquisite diver’s tool.

For more information, visit our page here.

Designer Bands for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm

Audemars Piguet 41mm with Blue Band

Designer Bands for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm Ref #26331OR.OO.D315CR.01 is one of the most stunning and breathtaking timepieces ever made. AP continues to design and perfect this time-tested model year after year – because it continues to inspire new timepiece collectors to add this piece to their collection.

The above Royal Oak has an 18 carat pink gold case with 41mm in size and 11 mm in thickness. The water resistance is a respectable 50 meters.

The blue dial utilizes the “Grande Tapisserie” pattern which adds stunning visual appeal. the luminescent hour markers and hour and minute hands are made with matching pink gold. The second hand utilizes a luminescent back side rather than on the tip – resembling an orchestral baton.

A non-Chrono version of the AP Royal Oak 41 with White Rubber B band

The manufacture calibre 2385 used in the Royal Oak 41 is composed of 304 parts and beats at 3 hz. It has 37 jewels and provides a power reserve of 40 hours. Besides the standard time features, the Ref #26331OR.OO.D315CR.01 has a beautifully crafted set of chronograph functions with two side pushers above and below the winding crown.

Audemars-Piguet 41mm-with White Band and Deployant

From the manufacturer, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm comes with a hand-stitched black alligator strap with an 18-carat pink gold AP folding clasp. The alligator patterns have large square scales throughout.

Rubber B has designed 6 beautiful colored bands to extend the beauty of your designer AP timepiece. They engineered these Vulcanized Rubber straps to fit Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm leather strap models. Rubber B perfectly mounts the Rose Gold Royal Oak and AP deployant buckle.

Rolex Sea Dweller Black Strap

Strap for Audemars Piguet

Alligator – Classic Series

For the 41mm

These straps utilize “Blocked Integration” engineering and titanium bridge inserts provide a flawless, secure, and flush mount to the AP watch case. For more information on these bands for the AP Ref #26331OR.OO.D315CR.01 please visit our page here.