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How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B Strap

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B Strap

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B Strap
How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

If you want to learn how to change a watch strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B strap, you have come to the right place. The Rubber B strap is both comfortable and strong, giving the owner a designer look that will last. To watch the video, visit our Youtube channel here.

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.
How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak.

Select your Rubber Band

First, grab your AP timepiece with Alligator band and select a compatible Rubber B strap. If you have a 41 mm Audemars Piguet with an Alligator strap, you will want to select your strap from this page here. These straps support the original deployant clasp provided by Audemars Piguet when you purchased the timepiece. It comes in six stunning colors – to extend your wearability and color palette.

Gather Your Tools

If you want to be an expert on how to change a watch strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak you need two tools. The most important is a small flat head screwdriver. You can find small screwdriver kits for eyeglasses or a professional watch kit for under $10 on the internet. Even Walmart sells it. Or, you could find a cheap eyeglass repair kit at your local pharmacy such as Walgreens for even less. The screwdriver size needs to be approximately 1 millimeter in width. However, a little larger or a little smaller will probably work.

Although a professional watch kit might also have a long pin-like tool, you can just as easily use a large paperclip instead.

Most importantly, find a solid flat surface, such as a table that you can place your tools on. As we remove the screws and lug from the AP timepiece, you do not want to lose them. Since they are tiny, you definitely don’t want them to disappear.

You might want to use a cutting board or place mat to help prevent scratching of your table surface. When we are removing the lug bar, you may need to press down, and we don’t want to cause any damage to the underlying service.

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B Strap
Unscrew the deployant clasp from the alligator band

Remove the Deployant Clasp

The next step in learning how to change a watch wtrap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak is to learn how to remove the deployant clasp. Take your small flat head screwdriver and start to unscrew the small screw that is part of the deployant clasp. The deployant clasp came with the timepiece and allows you to fasten the watch to your wrist. We want to preserve the whole entire deployment structure and screws because they perfectly attach to the Rubber B band.

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B Strap
Remove the lug from the deployant clasp

Next, we want to remove the lug from the deployant clasp. Unlike the next section, there is no screw that holds the lug in place at each vertical end. The screw on the deployant clasp is all that holds the bar in place.

You can easily take either a small screwdriver or a paperclip and push the lug bar out from the timepiece. Once you are done, you can then remove the deployant clasp from the timepiece on the other side. Since this side is the adjustment side of the timepiece, you will not need any tools.

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B Strap

Remove the Alligator Band From the Case

If you want to know how to change a watch wtrap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, you need to know how to remove the alligator band from the case. We need to take the flat head screwdriver and unscrew the 2 screws protecting the lug bar and keeping it in place.

In order to unscrew the screws from the case, turn the screws to the left. By turning to the left, you loosen the screw from the watchband.

Once you are done, you can use the paperclip or a pin-like watch tool to push the lug out of the timepiece. Remember you need to have both screws removed completely on both sides of the timepiece. Be careful not to damage the body of the watch by scratching it. The lug should come out easily.

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B Strap

If you need a bit more force to get the lug out, try to place the watch body against a soft surface on the table. Then you should have more leverage when pushing down on the paperclip to push the lug out.

Make sure you are using a large paperclip rather than a smaller one. Also, make sure the paperclip is not sharp or bent. The edge of the paperclip should be flat and it will provide an even pressure on the lug. In the picture above, I am using a pair of needle-nose pliers to pull the lug bar out. You do need a bit of metal protruding from the timepiece in order to get a grip on it with the pliers tool. If you don’t have a set of needle nose pliers, you can also use a pair of tweezers.

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B Strap

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

The next thing to do in our discussion of how to change a strap for the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B strap, is to take your new Rubber B band and slide it into place into the grooves of the AP case. Look at the outcome of the finished product to make sure you are putting it in the right direction and that your final product will look correct – with the deployant clasp attached. This way you know that you will be assembling it correctly before you tighten the screws.

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B Strap

Before I attach the lugs, I look at the final product and it should look similar to the picture above. Once I make sure the direction is correct, I am ready to slide my lugs into place.

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B Strap

The lugs are the long bar that holds the watch band into place as it slides through the small circular grooves of both the watch band and the watch case.

After the lug is in place, use the paperclip or screw driver to push the lug a bit deeper, to give you enough room to add the finishing screws. Use the flathead screwdriver to attach the 2 screws to the case. This time you are winding the screw to the right. By turning to the right, you are tightening the screw. Be sure to not over tighten the screw to the case. It should be fully flush, but take care not to strip the threading of the screw or the head of the screw.

These screws are a nice touch by AP. It secures the watchband to the AP timepiece in a way that few watch companies do. By having two screws on both sides of the timepiece, you can be sure that the watch band is secure and will not break easily.

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B Strap

Finally you are ready to add the lugs to the deployant clasp. This will take the original deployant clasp from AP and attach it to the Rubber B band. The lug will slide in with your fingers. You can then take the screw and fasten it to the lug and deployant kit, making it firmly attached.

How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B Strap
How to Change a Watch Strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak

On the opposite side of the timepiece, you will see that you can now attach the other side of the adjustable deployant clasp to the Rubber B band. By this point you have completed the process of adding your designer Rubber B band to your AP timepiece.

Knowing how to change a watch strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm on Alligator to a Rubber B strap is one of the best skills you can have as a watch collector. You are well on your way to changing the look and feel of your with a simple change of the watchband. A simple color change, or upgrading to a vulcanized rubber strap will allow you to do things with your timepiece that you might not have been able to do before. In addition, for Alligator band owners, protecting the original Alligator band that came from AP, can preserve your investment, if you ever want to resell the timepiece int he future. The Rubber B band is both highly stylish and is far more wearable than Alligator.

The Ultimate Tudor Black Bay 58 Diving Watch Straps

The Ultimate Tudor Black Bay 58 Diving Watch Straps

Tudor Black Bay 58 Dive Watch

The Tudor Black Bay 58 is inspired by the Tudor 7924 Big Crown Diver which was released in 1958. It pays homage to the ’58 but is quite different in less than subtle ways. The Black Bay 58 is much slimmer than the 41mm Black Bay. It is nearly 3 mm slimmer. It also has a smaller diameter. At 39 mm in diameter it is 2 mm smaller than the standard 41 mm.

The smaller features of the Black Bay 58 make it more widely acceptable. It becomes a universal size that both men and women can enjoy equally. It strikes a balance between substance and substantial. This dive watch has weight but is lighter than most diver timepieces on the market. This makes it both appealing and more comfortable for the avid diver. Many people with slim wrists will love this dive watch.

The Black Bay 58 makes an ultimate addition to any watch collector or avid diver. The price point of the Black Bay is nearly half that of the Rolex Submariner, but it compares nicely to the most famous dive watch on the planet.

The Ultimate Tudor Black Bay 58 Diving Watch Straps

Features of the Tudor Black Bay 58

One of the key features of the 58 is the vintage appeal. Most collectors clamor for the off-white patina coloring of vintage watches – typically found on Rolex timepieces from the 1950’s and 60’s. However, purchasing a timepiece from this era can be tricky and costly. And, these old heirlooms might need to be serviced extensively. However, a new Black Bay 58 has that antique look on a brand new timepiece, at a price point that any luxury watch owner could afford.

This antique coloring is not only found on the hour markers. It is extended to the hour and minute hand. And it is also in the diamond at the tip of the second hand. The golden patina closely matches the coloring of the numbers and dive markings on the rotatable bezel. Similarly, these “pink gilded” markings are also found on the outer part of the dial for the 60 – minute graduations.

The coloring of the golden patina also matches the gold finishings throughout. The hands, hour markers and bezel have the golden touch, elevating not only the antique look but the luxuriousness of this timepiece.

The Black Bay 58 is waterproof to a depth of 600 feet. It is adorned with “Snowflake” hands and the “Big Crown” which has been a mainstay in past Tudor divers. The Black Bay 58 is ergonomic, legible, and one of the most accurate and robust divers’ watches made today.

New Caliber for the Tudor Black Bay 58

The new Black Bay 58 Diving Watch is released with a new manufacture calibre MT5402. This is a 2nd family of movements, developed 100% in-house. These in house movements were first released only 3 years ago. The superior feature of this new caliber is the fact that it features a 70 hour power reserve. Like its predecessor, it is a fully certified chronometer by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).

This caliber is designed to fit the new slender case and is only 26 mm in diameter. The satin-brushed rotor and bridges are decorated by sand-blasted surfaces and laser decorations. This caliber is built for longevity and reliability. Its inertia balance is built with a sturdy bridge utilizing a 2-point fixation. This new caliber is an immense achievement over the original caliber 7922 which was released with the Tudor Diver in 1954.

The Ultimate Tudor Black Bay 58 Diving Watch Straps

Tudor Black Bay 58 Diving Watch Straps

The Tudor Black Bay 58 comes with a 3 bracelets from the manufacturer. It has a steel bracelet, a brown leather strap or a fabric strap. The riveted steel bracelet is polished with a satin finish and a folding clasp. The black fabric strap has a gold-colored band is made with the Jacquard technique. This technique was developed over a hundred years ago and comes from the St-Etienne region of France.

The Ultimate Tudor Black Bay 58 Diving Watch Straps
Rubber Cuff Series – Looks and Feels like Nylon/Twill

Rubber B has developed two luxurious series of carefully crafted vulcanized rubber watchbands for the Tudor Black Bay 58. The first series is the Rubber Cuff Series. This is the newest lineup of custom designed luxury bands by Rubber B. Not only does it look like Tudor’s classic fabric strap, but it has the strength, comfort and reliability of a Vulcanized Rubber strap. This is especially versatile on a powerful diving watch like the Black Bay 58. As much as people would love to have a comfortable fabric strap, it isn’t practical on a sports watch of this caliber. It is like putting normal street tires on a high performance racing car.

The Rubber B Rubber Cuff Series has the comfort, look and feel of a Nylon or Twill strap, but this is 100% Rubber and therefore waterproof for all sports and aquatic activities. It comes with a tang buckle for ease of adjustment. It is tortion-tested for extreme strength and security. It is hand-sewn with HYDROTURF® Marine Thread which provides maximum resistance to UV-rays, and chemicals. It currently comes in 3 colors – jet black, navy blue and and pine green. For more information on this new strap, visit our page here.

The Ultimate Tudor Black Bay 58 Diving Watch Straps
Tang Buckle Series – Blocked Integration Signature “T” Design

Rubber B developed a second series for the Tudor Black Bay 58. The Tang Buckle Series is the classic Rubber B design that has become famous worldwide. It’s blocked integration and signature “T” design was pioneered by Rubber B. It creates solid inserts for a flawless, motionless flush mount to the Tudor Fifty-Eight case.

Like the Rubber Cuff Series, the Buckle Series utilizes a 316L Steel tang buckle. All Rubber B products are made 100% in Switzerland of pure vulcanized rubber. No coating, blends or bonding are used. The Buckle Series comes with 3 colors – jet black, expresso brown, and military green. For more information on this strap, visit our page here.

The Ultimate Watchband for the Rolex Explorer II 42mm

The Ultimate Watchband for the Rolex Explorer II 42mm

What Makes the Explorer II Special?

The ultimate watchband for the Rolex Explorer II needs to take in account the history of this timepiece. This watch accompanied famous adventurers from mountain climbers to cave explorers. Rolex has a deep involvement with exploration. Rolex goes where few people venture. Famous explorers test the reliability of the Explorer and Explorer II in the toughest conditions.

The Rolex Explorer II has rugged Oystersteel. The chromalight display provides long-lasting blue luminescence and visibility in daytime and nighttime. Even the cyclops lens provides better visibility over the date aperture.

The scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protects the beauty of this exceptional timepiece. Meanwhile, the calibre 3187 provides the adventurer precise time even in extreme conditions. The Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers offer supreme resistance to shocks. The highly reliable Explorer II becomes the essential tool of any adventurer.

Key Features of the Explorer II

The calibre 3187 provides 48 hours of power reserve. Although Rolex has not updated the Explorer II with a new caliber with 72 hour power reserve, we expect this enhancement to be added soon. The 3187 features a self-winding mechanical movement. The Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers provide stability and resistance to shocks.

The Oystersteel case and Oyster bracelet offer rugged strength to this beautiful timepiece. The 904L steel offers maximum resistance to corrosion even in the harshest environments.

The bracelet has an Oysterlock folding clasp. This prevents accidental opening. It also use an Easylink comfort link system. This exclusive system helps the wearer increase the bracelet length 5 mm at a time.

The Explorer II has a date display feature. Most notably, a bright orange 24-hour hand enables explorers to distinguish day from night. This is the ultimate tool watch for speleologists, volcanologists, mountain climbers and polar explorers.

The Explorer II timepieces have a double waterproofness system that guarantees protection to 330 feet. Owners can choose between either a black dial or a white dial on the Explorer II, and a black dial on the Explorer I.

One of the features of the new Explorer II is the fact that it uses circular hour markers with larger dashes at the 6 and 9 o’clock position. The luminescent area on the hour and second hands also are expanded for greater visibility.

The Ultimate Watchband for the Rolex Explorer II 42mm

Ultimate Watchband for the Rolex Explorer II

Rubber B develops the ultimate bands for the Rolex Explorer II. Above we see the newest offering from Rubber B. The band looks like Kevlar® or Twill. However, it is actually 100% rubber. This makes it entirely waterproof for all aquatic activities.

This new series of bands is called the Tang Buckle Rubber Cuff Series. It supports the 42 mm Explorer II.

It looks like a military combat strap. It incorporates a Velcro® Alfatex® for a seriously micro-adjustable fit and a 316L 20mm Stainless Steel buckle. This provides maximum comfort and quick and easy adjustments.

The Ultimate Watchband for the Rolex Explorer II 42mm

Rubber B bands exceed FDA and BVGG specifications. Each band is non-toxic, non-marking and non-allergen. It resists dust.

Each band is made 100% in Switzerland of pure vulcanized rubber. No coatings, blends or bonding is used in the manufacturing process – ensuring long-lasting wear.

This band has been Tortion-tested for extreme strength and durability. SwimSkin is Rubber B’s exclusive patented technology. Rubber B developed the SwimSkin over a period of several years. Unique machinery and engineering ingenuity had to be developed in order to achieve the luxurious style and durability of the SwimSkin lineup.

The SwimSkin for the Explorer II 42mm is currently available in Jet Black Twill or in Navy Blue Twill. The Explorer II has two dial options -the black and white color. Clearly the black band would look exceptionally well with the black band from Rubber B. However, the white dial would look equally stunning with either the the black or blue style band. The Ultimate Watchband For Rolex Explorer II can be found here.

 

 

Best Watchbands for the Rolex GMT Master II

Best Watchbands for the Rolex GMT Master II

Rolex GMT Master II
This GMT Master II has the “Coke” Red and Black bezel and Red Band from Rubber B

Rolex GMT Master II

The Rolex GMT Master II is one of the top Rolex timepieces made today. The most popular GMT is the Red and Blue bezel model. Collectors nicknamed this model the “Pepsi” because of the matching Red and Blue used on Pepsi cans. Above, we see the Black and Red version of the GMT. Similarly, it is nicknamed the “Coke” since it matches the colors of a Coke can.

There are three other coloring options. An all black bezel. A Blue and Black “Batman” bezel. And a Brown and Black “Root beer” bezel. Today the black bezel and “Coke” models are discontinued.

Rolex calls the GMT the Cosmopolitan Watch, particularly because travelers can easily track 2 time zones. Rolex launched the GMT in 1955. They developed it for world travelers. Rolex unveiled the GMT Master II in 1982. The popularity of this model has continued to soar ever since.

The two-color bezel distinguishes between night and daytime hours. The GMT has a rotating bezel with 24 hour increments. This allows travelers to quickly rotate the bezel to the current time zone. Or, perhaps, travelers will want to keep their originating timezone on the bezel. In this case, they would instead, adjust the hour hand on the timepiece.

Best Watchbands for the Rolex GMT Master II
GMT Master with Black Rubber B band with Red stripe.

GMT Master Features

First, the GMT-Master II uses 904L Oystersteel. Therefore, it resists corrosion and offers an exceptional finish. Second, it provides a black dial for extreme legibility day or night. Third, the new GMT features a Jubilee Bracelet. This supple bracelet links 5 curved metal plates for a comfortable and eye catching design.

Next, the 3285 movement displays Rolex’s 10 patent applications. Similarly, the 3285 features a Chronergy escapement and a 70 hour power reserve. This caliber successfully passes the rigorous Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute tests. The 3285 sports a new Parachrom hairspring which offers greater resistance to shocks and temperature variations.

Best Watchbands for the Rolex GMT Master II

Exquisite Watchbands for the GMT-Master II by Rubber B

Rubber B offers 7 uniquely sumptuous designer bands for the GMT-Master II. These straps feature Rubber B’s “blocked engineering” and motionless mount to the GMT case. This flawless, flush mount is surprising since it gives the impression that it is an extension of the watch itself.

All Rubber B bands hail from Switzerland and are part of the Swiss horological tradition. Each band is born of vulcanized rubber and features a tang buckle for easy adjustment. For more information, go to our GMT-Master II page here.

Rolex Pilot Watches of Top Gun Maverick

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?

Rolex Pilot Watches of Top Gun Maverick

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

Rolex pilot watches of Top Gun Maverick must blaze 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.