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4 Designer Watchbands for the Tudor Heritage Chrono 42mm – Reference m70330b-0004

Tudor Heritage Chrono m70330b-0004

Tudor Heritage Chrono m70330b-0004

The Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue reference m70330b-0004 is a stunning beautiful timepiece.  It has a 42 mm steel case with a polished and satin finish.  It is powered by a self-winding automatic mechanical movement powered by a caliber 2892 with an added chronograph function.  It has a power reserve of 42 hours and provides a waterproofness to 500 feet.

The dial is an exquisite combination of opaline and blue, with touches of orange for the 60 second numerals around the edge of the dial and on the center hand.  It has a 45 minute totalizer at 9 o’clock, a small seconds window at 3 o’clock and a date window at 6 o’clock.  The chrono pushers are at 2 and 4 o’clock positions and the waterproof screwdown crown is at the typical 3 o’clock position.  The timepiece is protected by a scratch resistant sapphire crystal and a steel bracelet with folding clasp and safety catch.

 

Tudor Heritage Chrono m70330

4 Watchbands for the Tudor Heritage Chrono m70330b-0004

Rubber B has developed 4 vulcanized dual color rubber bracelets that are engineered to fit the  Tudor Heritage Chrono 42mm reference m70330b-0004. This strap utilizes “Blocked Integration” engineering, incorporating solid inserts for a flawless, motionless flush mount to the watch case. Although a buckle is not provided with this strap, it is compatible with any standard 18mm tang buckle.

All Rubber B bracelets for the Tudor Heritage Chrono 42mm reference m70330b-0004 are made in Switzerland. Rubber B straps are pure vulcanized rubber with no coating, blends, glues or bonding.  For more information go to our Tudor Heritage Chrono page here.

17 Exquisite Watch Bands for the Rolex Explorer 1 – Reference 214270

Explorer 1 39mm

Explorer 1 39mm

The Rolex Explorer I reference 214270 is a shift from the earlier 1016 which had a long production period and its successor the 14270.  In 2010, the Explorer I ref 214270 diameter moved from a smallish 36 mm to a larger 39 mm.  The hands are a bit shorter in comparison to the larger case.  However, it still retains the key features such as 904L stainless steel, the Arabic numerals 3, 6 and 9 at those critical hour markers, and water resistance to 300 feet. It has a flat and polished bezel and a 3-link Oyster bracelet with brushed steel. The bracelet has an Oysterlock clasp with Easylink adjustment mechanism. However, the modern Explorer I is protected by scratch resistant Sapphire crystal.

The Calibre 1050 and Calibre 1570 of the earlier generation Explorer references were replaced by the more modern Calibre 3132 in the reference 214270. It is an all-Rolex self-winding mechanical movement and certified chronometer featuring a bigger base plate, Parachrom hairspring, and Paraflex shock absorbers. It offers greater resistance to shocks and to extreme conditions. It beats at 28,800vph and contains a power reserve of 48 hours.

The modern size of the Explorer I is beefier than the original Reference 1016 which was produced between 1963 and 1989. The larger size makes it more in line with the typical 40+ mm size other Oyster Rolex timepieces in the Rolex lineup. It is less a climber’s “tool” and more luxurious, while still retaining the rugged features that brought it to high altitude fame.  It still retains the black dial, polished bezel and powerful steel frame which all types of explorers admire.

Rubber B Explorer I 39mm bracelets supporting the Rolex clasp

Rubber B Explorer I 39mm bracelets supporting the Rolex clasp

Rubber B has created amazing array of bands for the Rolex Explorer I 39mm timepiece. They have three type of clasp supports – one that integrates with the original deployant buckle provided by Rolex, one with a standard 316L stainless steel tang buckle, and one that is custom designed with Rubber B’s industrial strength Velcro closure.  The Velcro option comes in Jet Black, but the other two options come with a nice variety of alternative colors to enhance the beauty of your Explorer 1 investment.

Rubber B bands are made in Switzerland from pure vulcanized rubber, providing strength and durability for active explorers.  For more information go to our Rolex Explorer I page here and select from our 17 custom bracelets here.

6 Designer Bracelets for the Rolex Cellini Time Reference 50505

Rolex Cellini Time Reference 50505

Rolex Cellini Time Reference 50505

The Rolex Cellini Time reference 50505 is an elegant timepiece which combines the Rolex standards with the classic tradition of the round shaped timepiece.  The reference 50505 is designed with pure 18 ct Everose gold which was developed by Rolex in 2005.  The hour hand, minute hand and the hour marker appliques are designed with a double-edged sword look – also in Everose gold.

The hour appliques are split in half with the inner ring indicating minutes or seconds notation depending on which hand you are referring to.  The sole exception is at 12 o’clock, where double appliques represent 0, 60 (minutes and seconds) and 12 (hours) on the dial, and there is no separation as there is on hour markers 1 through 11.  The case is 39 mm with a polished finish.  The Cellini has a double bezel which is domed on the inside and fluted on the outside.  The screw-down winding crown has the traditional Rolex emblem on it.  The timepiece is covered by a domed sapphire crystal.  The traditional white dial beautifully offsets the pink gold and black markings and text.  The Cellini name is uniquely inscribed in cursive on the white dial.

The Cellini is powered by a 31 ruby-clad caliber 3132 which has a bidirectional self-winding perpetual rotor, giving it approximately 48 hours of power reserve.  The reference 50505 has a water-resistance to 165 feet.  The timepiece is fitted with a stitched alligator leather strap with large scales and an 18 ct gold buckle which matches the Everose gold of the watch case.  While many Rolex timepieces serve dual purposes, the Cellini is primarily a dress watch which exudes an air of nobility.

Best watchbands for the Rolex Cellini Time Reference 50505

Best watchbands for the Rolex Cellini Time Reference 50505

Rubber B has designed 6 leather bracelets for the Rolex Cellini Time reference 50505.  The two black leather bracelets are available in genuine alligator or full grain leather with the patented Rubber B vulcanized rubber base for comfort and durability.

The Rubber B bracelets are made in Switzerland out of pure vulcanized rubber with leather stitched on top.  The Rubber B Structure Series bands are fitted with a 316L Stainless Steel tang buckle–providing a durable clasp which provide excellent support for a sports watch of this caliber.  For more information visit the Rubber B structure series page here.

6 Designer Bracelets for the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph Reference 9022450

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph Reference 9022450

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph Reference 9022450

The formidable manufacturer Jaeger‑LeCoultre first began designing fine timepieces in 1833 in the heart of the Vallée de Joux, in the Swiss Jura Mountains.  It has since designed over a thousand different calibers and has become an iconic brand among collectors.  Jaeger‑LeCoultre is known for its meticulous design, focusing on end to end hand construction – from producing and assembling its own pallets to the careful engraving and enameling work.

Recently Superman actor Henry Cavill donned the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph Reference 9022450 in Rose Gold at the 50th Anniversary party, celebrating the Jaeger‑LeCoultre Polaris Collection which was first launched in 1968.   The Reference 9022450 is a stunningly elegant timepiece, emanating a refined yet sporting charm.  Powered by a caliber 751H built from 262 parts and 37 jewels, the reference 9022450 provides a 65-hour power reserve.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph - back

Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph – back

The dial is a charcoal grey and has several layers of inner dial.  The outer dial appears at a slant indicating the tachymetre scale allowing for precise lap-time calculations up to 500 KPH or MPH – a perfect companion for precision motorsports.  The inner dial provides standard hour markers and Arabic numerals at the 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock positions.  Two inner dials provide an hour counter at the 9 o’clock position and the 30-minute counter at the 3 o’clock position.

The Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph Reference 9022450 provides water resistance up to 330 feet.  It has a 42 mm case in polished pink gold.  The hour, minute and seconds hands are in matching pink gold.  The chronograph pushers appear to the right side of the timepiece, above and below the crown at the 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock positions.  The strap is a brown leather bracelet which matches the pink gold to perfection.  The beauty of the automatic workmanship can be viewed from the back of the timepiece through the sapphire crystal viewing window.

Rubber B Brown Bracelets for the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph Reference 9022450

Rubber B Brown Bracelets for the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph Reference 9022450

Rubber B has designed 6 leather bracelets for the Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph Reference 9022450.  The two brown leather bracelets are available in genuine alligator “cognac” or full grain leather with the patented Rubber B vulcanized rubber base for comfort and durability.

The Rubber B bracelets are made in Switzerland out of pure vulcanized rubber with leather stitched on top.  The Rubber B Structure Series bands are fitted with a 316L Stainless Steel tang buckle–providing a durable clasp which provide excellent support for a sports watch of this caliber.  For more information visit the Rubber B structure series page here.

The Short History of Vulcanized Rubber Bracelet Use in Horology

Vulcanized Rubber Band on Rolex Yachtmaster II

Vulcanized Rubber Band on Rolex Yachtmaster II

Rubber has been around for quite some time.  However, the early excitement of utilizing rubber was tainted by the issues of pure rubber – it would freeze and crack in the winter, and it would melt and become sticky when exposed to the summer heat.  Nathaniel Hayword and Friedrich Ludersdorf discovered that by adding sulfur to pure rubber, it would eliminate stickiness.

However, in 1839, Charles Goodyear, famously linked to the name well-known Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co., elaborated on Hayword’s discovery by developing the vulcanization process, where rubber could be heated by a stove and charred, producing a perfectly cured leather-like substance (yet, in many ways, superior to leather).  The word “vulcanize” comes from the Roman god of fire, Vulcan.  By heating rubber to a specific temperature and then removing it from the heat at the exact right point in time, the rubber would become vulcanized.

Vulcanized Rubber Bands on Patek Philippe

Black and Brown Vulcanized Rubber Bands on Patek Philippe

The resulting vulcanized rubber substance became extremely strong, weatherproof, and elastic.  Sulfur is an accelerator, which combines and creates bridges in the molecules, allowing natural rubber to be transformed into a substance which can be expertly molded while keeping its shape – free of swelling or melting in spite of hot or cold temperatures. Later enhancements to vulcanized rubber include adding carbon black or zinc oxide to retard deterioration caused by oxygen and ozone.

Vulcanized rubber has several advantages over most any substance in the world.  It has excellent strength and resilience and easily returns to its original intended shape after bending.  It resists wear and tear and oxidation.  It repels fats, oils and other solvents, while also limiting water absorption.  It has a wide temperature range making it flexible and reliable between −80 °C to +250 °C and won’t break down until it hits temperatures above 350 °C.

Vulcanized two-tone Rubber Bands for Tudor

Vulcanized two-tone Rubber Bands for Tudor

The watchmaking industry first began adding rubber bands to their timepieces in the 1950’s.  Rolex, Tudor, IWC and Blancpain were some of the early timepieces found with rubber bracelets.  However, it wasn’t until the 1960’s that the use of rubber bands became mainstream, largely due to its usefulness on diver and sports watches.  It’s weather and water proof qualities were perfect for watch owners with an active lifestyle.  The Swiss watchmaking industry adopted and perfected the use of vulcanized rubber bands as an extension to its artistry.  Bands are designed with many colors, even bright colors like orange, red and yellow – enhancing the palette of what is possible.

Vulcanized rubber bands have exceptional properties that make them superior bracelets for fine timepieces.  They are lightweight, compared to steel or gold watchbands.  Not only are they waterproof in both fresh and saltwater, but they feel lighter when being worn in water – making them a perfect complement to a diver or nautical timepiece.  They are durable and resistant to the effects of sunlight and radiation and they do not rust.  They clean easily, are non-toxic and non-allergenic.

Vulcanized Rubber Watchbands Supporting the Deployant Buckle

Vulcanized Rubber Watchbands Supporting the Deployant Buckle

Rubber bands are easy to fit and adjust and generally can be worn by both men and women of any wrist size, universally.  They are comfortable to wear and can be designed to fit the deployant buckle of the manufacturer.  Vulcanized rubber bands are scratch resistant and are a low-cost (and in many ways a superior) alternative to steel and gold bands made by the manufacturer.

Probably the most important feature of vulcanized rubber bands is the stylish qualities.  Vulcanized rubber can be forged into millions of beautiful designs and patterns.  They can utilize the blues, blacks, and browns of the boardroom, or the fun colors of spring and summer, giving each timepiece an endless supply of stylish adaptability.  Since it is easy to change a band, a timepiece owner might have a collection of different color rubber bands and be able to adapt the look of their timepiece in minutes.

Vulcanized Rubber Bracelets on Patek Philippe

White and Blue Vulcanized Rubber Bracelets on Patek Philippe

Rubber B has expanded upon the Swiss Vulcanized Rubber bracelet tradition by developing several enhancements of their own.  Rubber B developed “Blocked Integration” which creates a tight, motionless, rotationless, and gap-free mount to the watch head.  Rubber B has strengthened their straps by infusing carbon fiber molecules into the vulcanized rubber – thus reducing stress while maintaining supple, flexible comfort around the wearer’s wrist. Rubber B has combined industrial strength Velcro Alfatex and Titanium-Enforced loops to create unique rubber bands utilizing a powerful Velcro clasp.  For more information, visit our product pages for a wide variety of vulcanized rubber bracelets made for an active and stylish lifestyle.