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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.

7 Designer Bracelets for the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980 in Rose Gold

Chocolate Brown Bracelet Patek Philippe 5980 in Rose Gold

Chocolate Brown Bracelet Patek Philippe 5980 in Rose Gold

The Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R-001 is a stunning timepiece with exceptional luxury. Nautilus has epitomized elegant sports timepieces since 1976.  The 40mm case is made from 18k Rose Gold and originally it came with a brown alligator strap.

The 5980R is powered by the automatic calibre CH 28-520 C which contains 35 jewels, 308 parts, and has a 55 hour power reserve.  The central rotor is made from 21k gold.  It utilizes a Spromax balance spring and a Gyromax balance. The timepiece has a sapphire crystal and it supports a water resistant depth of 330 feet.

The chronograph features of this timepiece are employed using the beautifully stylish pushers above and below the screw down winding crown – between the 1 and 2 o’clock position and the 4 and 5 o’clock position.  These pushers are curved and artistically blend in with the rose gold case.  The chronograph dial appears on the dial at the 6 o’clock position.  with two dial hands (red and white) and an inner and outer dial.  The outer dial provides both a 60 minute counter and the inner dial provides a 12 hour monocounter.

Most notable about the Nautilus 5980 is the octagonal shape of the bezel and the beautiful dial which is embossed horizontally.  The gold hour, minute and seconds hands are constructed in matching pink gold to the case and are applied with luminescent coating.  Wherever this timepiece is worn, it exemplifies incomparable class.

Expresso Brown and Arctic Black Rubber B Bracelets for the Patek Philippe 5980 in Rose Gold

Expresso Brown and Arctic Black Rubber B Bracelets for the Patek Philippe 5980 in Rose Gold

Rubber B has designed 7 different colored bracelets for the Patek Philippe 5980.  All Rubber B bracelets are made in Switzerland of pure vulcanized rubber.  No coating, blends, or bonding are used in the manufacturing process, ensuring strength and resiliency even in the face of athletic activities such as ocean diving or sunbathing.

These rubber straps are engineered to fit the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980 case and original deployant buckle.  This is compatible only with the models which come on an alligator strap. For more information visit our page here.

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.