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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.

Show off your Blue Watch Bands for Summer

Blue Rubber B Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41 Sport

Blue Rubber B Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41 Sport

When Summertime comes, blue watchbands are a perfect complement to activities such as swimming, diving, yachting, and going to the beach.  Blue is refreshing and catches attention.  Watchmakers such as Rolex and Audemars Piguet have harnessed the power of blue in their iconic designs such as the Rolex Yachtmaster II (pictured below) and the AP Royal Oak 41 (pictured above).

Vulchromatic Rubber B Bracelet supports Rolex Clasp on Rolex Yachtmaster II

Vulchromatic Rubber B Bracelet supports Rolex Clasp on Rolex Yachtmaster II

Rubber B has designed custom blue colored watch bands for several of the top watchmakers in the industry.  Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, Panerai, and Tudor are just some of the top brands Rubber B supports.  All of these blue bands are made in Switzerland with the highest standards.  These bands are made from pure rugged vulcanized rubber with no coating, blends, or bonding that can cause lesser brands to bleed or fall apart in the ocean or pool.  Rubber B designed these bands for performance – to keep up with the active lifestyle and the exceptional quality fine timepiece owners expect.

Blue Watchband for the Rolex Air King 34mm

Blue Watchband for the Rolex Air King 34mm

The Blue Rubber B strap for the Rolex Air King 34 mm above supports the original Rolex clasp that came from the manufacturer.  Many of the Rubber B straps support the original deployant buckles.  Some, however, also come with a high quality 316L Steel Tang Buckle.

lue Watch Band for Rolex Yachtmaster 35

lue Watch Band for Rolex Yachtmaster 35

Rubber B has several blue-colored bands, solid blue, navy blue (see the Panerai Luminor Submersible below), black straps with blue stripes down the middle (see the Panerai Luminor 44mm below), or two-tone straps with black on top and blue underneath (see the Tudor Heritage Black Bay below).   Rubber B utilizes both a Navy Blue and a Pacific Blue which is a lighter and brighter shade to add interest and to match the luminescent colorings of the timepiece’s components – such as the bezel and hour/minute hands on the Rolex Yachtmaster II.

Blue Strap for Panerai Luminor Submersible 44mm

Blue Strap for Panerai Luminor Submersible 44mm

Another area that Rubber B excels in is in its unique way of attaching to the timepiece’s case.  Many of the bands are engineered with “Blocked Integration” which creates a flawless, motionless flush mount to the case.  This is visible on the Panerai, Tudor and Rolex models.

Panerai Luminor 44mm Vulchromatic Blue on Black

Panerai Luminor 44mm Vulchromatic Blue on Black

Rubber B has implemented the blue coloring differently in the Panerai Luminor Marina above and the Tudor Heritage below.  Both utilize a black band with attention drawing pacific blue coloring, but on the bracelet for Panerai, Rubber B utilizes a racing stripe down the center.  The Tudor, on the other hand, has an underlying blue which extends from the case to the buckle and lays against the wrist of the wearer.  The blue peeks through on the end of the band where the buckle is attached.

Blue Strap for Tudor Heritage Black Bay - VulChromatic® Dual-Color

Blue Strap for Tudor Heritage Black Bay – VulChromatic® Dual-Color

8 Designer Bands for the Panerai Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT Automatic Acciaio – 44mm PAM00533

Panerai Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT Automatic Acciaio - 44mm PAM00533

Panerai Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT Automatic Acciaio – 44mm PAM00533

The Panerai Luminor 1950 Panerai Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT Automatic Acciaio – 44mm PAM00533 is powered by the calibre P.2003 – the first automatic movement entirely designed and created by Officine Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel. It utilizes a Glucydur® balance, a KIF Parechoc® anti-shock device and has an incredible 10 day power reserve – proudly displayed on the power reserve indicator on the dial. It has an hour and a minutes hand, as well as a 24 hour GMT hand indicating a second timezone.  The GMT has a slender arrowhead tip.  The seconds is in a small seconds on the dial at the 9 o’clock position.  A date aperture makes its elegant appearance at the 3 o’clock position.

The reference PAM00533 has beige hour markers and luminescent markings on the hands which turns a blue-green in darkness. Even the small seconds and power indicator are illuminated. Arabic numerals are displayed at 12, 9 and 6 o’clock.

The PAM00533 has a 44 mm case with a polished steel bezel and case.  The large winding crown is protected by a brushed steel crown protecting lock-down mechanism which is a trademark of Panerai.

Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT Automatic Acciaio PAM00533 - with luminescence

Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT Automatic Acciaio PAM00533 – with luminescence

The Panerai Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT Automatic Acciaio is water-resistant to 300 feet.  It is protected on both sides by a Sapphire crystal formed of corundum.  Even in darkness the black dial and greenish luminescent hue make and impressive statement.  The Officine Panerai timepiece is fitted with a Calf Ruby black leather bracelet with beige stitching on the 24/22 mm lugs.

PAM 533 with Canary Yellow Band from Rubber B

PAM 533 with Canary Yellow Band from Rubber B

Rubber B has developed 8 bands for the Panerai Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT Automatic Acciaio – 44mm PAM00533.  It has 6 solid colors and two VulChromatic (dual-color) bracelets made of pure vulcanized rubber.  All Rubber B bands are manufactured in Switzerland.  These rubber straps are calibrated precisely for the PAM00533 with “Blocked Integration” engineering for a flawless, motionless flush mount to the Panerai case.  The Rubber B vulcanized rubber straps are fitted with a 316L Stainless Steel Tang Buckle, but also perfectly fits the original Panerai buckle.

PAM 533 with Jet Black from Rubber B

PAM 533 with Jet Black from Rubber B

The Rubber B bands extend the ability for the PAM00533 to be used in active sporting activities including diving without the fear of bleeding since no coating, blends or bonding were used in the manufacturing process. Panerai timepiece owners can easily change the entire look of their investment with Rubber B’s colorful selection of Vulcanized rubber bands, while maintaining a comfortable fit.  Rubber B bands are ready for action no matter if it is the boardroom or the beach.  For more information on the Rubber B bracelets for the Panerai PAM00533 visit our page here.