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Rubber B Structure Series - Designer Watch Bands for nearly Any Timepiece

Rubber B Structure Series – Designer Watch Bands for nearly Any Timepiece

Almost every timepiece on the market will come in one of 3 lug widths: 18mm, 20mm, or 22mm.  Rubber B has designed the Structure Series to help owners of almost any timepiece have a replacement strap with the designer luxury and durable strength that has made Rubber B the choice for so many watch owners worldwide.

The Structure Series is built on the strength of the 100% Swiss Made vulcanized rubber and steel tang buckle.  The buckle is made from a strong 316L Steel, but can easily be substituted with the tang buckle from your own timepiece.  The base is resistant to UV rays, salt water and perspiration.  It has extreme comfort to the wearer and is hypoallergenic and non-toxic.

6 Designer Replacement Bands for Nearly Any Timepiece

6 Designer Replacement Bands for Nearly Any Timepiece

The base is fused together with a surface that is made from genuine alligator or full grain leather. It is carefully hand-stitched and fused together with a perfect rounded edge.  The surface is available in both Black and Brown leather.  Each color option comes in either alligator or full grain leather choices to fit discerning owners tastes.  In addition to the Black vulcanized rubber base, Rubber B has developed a Red base for a stunning look complimenting its black leather surface.

Replacement Rubber Watch Bands

Replacement Rubber Watch Bands

The Rubber B patented vulcanized rubber is strong, soft, flexible and is odor free.  Each leather hide is hand selected for continuity and perfection.  The Structure Series bands can be easily cleaned with a damp cloth or brush.  Although the vulcanized rubber has extreme strength and resistance, the leather surface should be carefully maintained.  Leather is naturally weatherproof.  However, avoiding contact with chemicals and lotions can help keep these surfaces looking new for many years.

The lug bar which connects the bracelet to the timepiece case can be measured for the appropriate size through most dealers. From here you can identify the size of Structure Series band that will most closely fit your timepiece.  For more information go to our 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.

The Three Best Engineered Clasps for Fine Timepieces

Deployant Buckle on a Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711

Deployant Buckle on a Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711

The fine timepiece industry has developed several clasps for watchbands over the years. So today we are going to look at various of the typical clasps found on luxury timepieces like Rolex, Panerai, Patek Philippe and other fine watch brands.

The Deployant Clasp (Deployment Clasp)

Although the terms Deployment and Deployant are often used interchangeably when referring to the type of clasp which unfolds into thirds and then locks into place with a type of hook latch, it is actually proper to use the word Deployant. It is easy to make this mistake because often fine timepieces owe their heritage to the world armies, navies and military air force groups who would deploy onto the battlefield, and many of them were issued a fine timepiece to coordinate their attacks. For example, for a group Deployment of a regiment of troops, the word “Deployment” would be a proper way to describe these troop movements.

Deployant Buckle on a Rolex Daytona

Deployant Buckle on a Rolex Daytona

Without a doubt the deployant clasp is very popular for many timepieces manufactured worldwide. In the deployant clasp group, there are standard, pushbutton, with safety, and deployant buckle with a diver’s extension.

Each manufacturer has different nuances on how they deliver these clasps. Rubber B pays particular attention to detail so that when designing a bracelet to support a particular watch brand, it must have a perfect fit and abide by stringent standards of excellence.

Rolex Deepsea buckle

Rolex Deepsea buckle

The above Rolex Deepsea buckle has an extension which can help fit the timepiece to the owner both on land and over a wetsuit when diving. Rubber B has engineered and developed an exclusive Strength Infusion Technology to provide upgraded support against friction, weight and frequent micro-adjustments made to the Glidelock Clasp (pictured below). Carbon Fiber molecules are fused within the vulcanized rubber during its mould process, resulting in a substantial increase in vertical and lateral stress resistance, while maintaining supple, flexible comfort around the wearer’s wrist.

Glidelock

Glidelock

The Tang Buckle
The simplest design for buckles is the standard Tang Buckle, made out of 316L Stainless Steel. Tang buckles are widely used and are extremely popular due to their ease in adjustment, strength and durability. The bracelet has several notches allowing the wearer to quickly adjust the band around the wrist and get to the most comfortable fit. The double loop allows the wearer to fit the remaining strap neatly against the strap to prevent flapping. This also adds strength and protection from loss since the tang buckle does not have a safety clasp often found on the deployant buckle. Although this design is quite easy to adjust and comfortable to wear, it is also quite strong. The 316L Stainless Steel is both rust resistant, and extremely strong. However, tang buckles are easy to replace and the wearer could opt to use a tang buckle with his favorite timepiece’s logo emblazoned on the steel notch slide through bar.

Tang Buckle on a Rolex Submariner

Tang Buckle on a Rolex Submariner

The Velcro Alfatex Buckle
Velcro was discovered and invented by a Swiss engineer named George de Mestral in the 1940’s. An avid hunter in the Jura mountains in Switzerland, Mr. de Mestral discovered the cockle-burs were stuck to his pants and dog’s fur and was intrigued about how they attached themselves. He inspected the tiny hooks under a microscope and how they engaged the loops of fabric of his pants. Using nature’s design, he tapped several friends in the weaving business to create what would become the VELCRO brand. Velcro comes from the French words for velvet “velour” and hook “crochet.”

Velcro Strap on a Rolex Submariner

Velcro Strap on a Rolex Submariner

Rubber B has perfected the use of Velcro on fine timepieces by utilizing the strongest and most reliable industrial strength fastener and a Titanium-Enforced Loop. The band is tortion-tested for extreme strength and security. The Velcro® Alfatex® closure provides a comfortable and esthetically pleasing mount. This strap comes with an optional retaining loop. It uses Hand-Sewn GORE-TENARA® Marine Thread providing maximum resistance to UV-rays, atmospheric conditions, & chemicals. It is manufactured with 5 optional sizes, to fit nearly any wrist size.

Replacement Bracelets for the Omega De Ville Trésor Watch Collection

Omega De Ville Trésor

Omega De Ville Trésor

Characterized by its thin, 18k gold case, the 40 mm Omega De Ville Trésor of the late 1940’s was named such because it safeguarded the legendary 30mm calibre mechanics. However, the simplistic design with 6 o’clock date dial is timeless. It is available in 88 different styles including 18K OMEGA Sedna™ gold (pink gold), 18K yellow gold or 18K white gold case and an option surrounded by diamonds. It has several dial types including classic silver, blue, brown (Tahiti) and mother of pearl (white).  The date markers have gold matching the color of the case, however some versions have mini diamonds encrusted upon them.

The 40 mm case is a thin 10.6 mm in height.  The Omega De Ville Trésor uses a black or brown wrist strap for most models except the blue dial model which has a blue leather strap. It uses OMEGA’s Master Co-Axial calibre 8511, able to resist magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss.  The scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment can sustain water resistance up to 100 feet.  It has a power reserve of up to 60 hours.

Although there are 88 total combinations, they all sport 20 mm cases.  Here is a list of the most common Omega De Ville Trésor watches:

Omega De Ville Trésor 432.53.40.21.04.001 – silver dial, brown band, 18k Yellow Gold
Omega De Ville Trésor 432.53.40.21.02.002 – silver dial, brown band, Sedna Gold
Omega De Ville Trésor 432.53.40.21.02.004 – silver dial, black band, white gold
Omega De Ville Trésor 432.53.40.21.03.001 – blue dial, blue band, white gold
Omega De Ville Trésor 432.53.40.21.07.001 – Tahiti dial, black band, white gold

These sport a set of diamonds encrusted in the bezel:
Omega De Ville Trésor 432.58.40.21.05.004 – white dial, red band, 18k yellow gold
Omega De Ville Trésor 432.58.40.21.05.001 – white dial, white band, Sedna Gold

Replacement bands for the Omega De Ville Trésor

Replacement bands for the Omega De Ville Trésor

The Omega De Ville Trésor has 20mm metal lug (or bar) that keeps the leather wristwatch band in place. Rubber B strongly recommends replacing the leather bands from the manufacturer immediately upon purchase in order to preserve the original band for resale value of the timepiece.

Leather watchbands from the manufacturer are often not made for long-lasting wear and tear.  They can quickly develop odors, and experience deformation from perspiration. They crack and crease due the deteriorating nature of humid cardboard filler pad.

A Rubber B Structure Series™ contains no filler pad: the leather surface fits crease-free and smoothly fused to the shapely rubber base for the entire life of the strap. The wearer no longer worries about the temperature rising, causing them to perspire, and ruin their leather strap. At the end of an active day, a Structure Series™ rubber base can simply be wiped clean with a damp cloth, avoiding any damage to the fine leather surface. No other leather watch bracelet can match the endurance of our Structure Series™ watchbands.

Another consideration when buying a replacement watch strap is making sure you can completely fit the metal lug.  Rubber B has a perfect replacement set of options for the Omega De Ville Trésor and its 20mm lug size.  Rubber B offers replacement leather straps for Omega De Ville Trésor in the colors of Jet Black, Cognac (Brown with a touch of black), and Red Devil (touch of red on black).  Rubber B offers both Genuine Alligator and Full Grain Leather options with a 316L stainless steel buckle.  For more info go to our replacement bands for the Omega De Ville Trésor .

Six Replacement Straps for the Omega Edizione Venezia Timepiece

Omega Seamaster Edizione Venezia Watch

Omega Seamaster Edizione Venezia Watch.  Photo Courtesy of Omegawatches.com

If you look at most watches in the world, they have a metal lug (or bar) that keeps the leather wristwatch band in place.  There are many watches that have this kind of set up including low cost and high cost watch brands.  However not all bands that come with watches are made with the same kind of precision, materials and design excellence as the Rubber B replacement wristwatch bands.

Leather watchbands are extremely costly, develop odors, and experience deformation from perspiration. They crack and crease due the deteriorating nature of humid cardboard filler pad. A Rubber B Structure Series™ contains no filler pad: the leather surface fits crease-free and smoothly fused to the shapely rubber base for the entire life of the strap. The wearer no longer worries about the temperature rising, causing them to perspire, and ruin their leather strap. At the end of an active day, a Structure Series™ rubber base can simply be wiped clean with a damp cloth, avoiding any damage to the fine leather surface. No other leather watch bracelet can match the endurance of our Structure Series™ watchbands.

Replacement Black Leather Watch Band

Replacement Black Leather Watch Wristband

Another consideration when buying a replacement watch strap is making sure you can completely fit the metal lug.  This is why Rubber B has several lineups to fit the 22mm lug, the 20mm lug and the 18mm lug.

The Omega lineup of fine watches come with several models that will require the user to replace the leather strap after continued wear.  In fact, wearers might opt to change these bands immediately since these original bracelets provided by Omega are not as high quality or wearable as the Rubber B line of replacement watch bands.  For collectors of Omega watches, it is recommended to keep these original bands in a safe place untouched until attempting to resell the watch to a collector.  By purchasing a replacement band at the time of purchase, you preserve the original value of the watch, since the metal case of the watch will sustain wear and tear well over time, while the Omega original watch will not have longevity.

Replacement Watch Bands for the Omega Seamaster Edizione Venezia Watch

Replacement Watch Bands for the Omega Seamaster Edizione Venezia Watch

Omega Seamaster Edizione Venezia

The simple elegance of this watch design is something to behold.  This specialty watch design is worth checking out for any serious Omega watch fan.  The case of this special Omega Seamaster is made from brushed and polished steel, or 18K Sedna™ gold.  The dial has a silvery color and the indexes and hands are created with 18K Sedna™ gold.  It is resistant to magnetic fields reaching 15,000 gauss and has a power reserve up to 55 hours.  It is water resistant up to 200 feet and has a diameter of 39.5 mm.   It includes a date window at 6 o’clock and a spherical crown embossed with the Omega logo.  The watch comes with a crocodile leather strap – black for the Steel version and Brown for the 18K Gold version.

On the reverse side of the watch, the Master Chronometer calibre 8800 is also visible through the sapphire crystal, and engraved with a Seahorse medallion.

Rubber B has developed 6 different replacement bands that you could mix design your perfect timepiece.  Rubber B also has a Black Crocodile Leather and a Brown Crocodile Leather replacement wristband that look nearly identical to the original ones sold with the Edizione Venezia, with the one exception, the back has Rubber B’s patented rubber backing, giving it a more comfortable feel and longer life – especially for owners who are active in sports, boating and more.

Brown Replacement Strap for the Omega Seamaster Edizione Venezia 511.53.40.20.02.001 – 20mm
Black Replacement Strap for the Omega Seamaster Edizione Venezia 511.13.40.20.02.001 – 20mm

For more information on how to select the 20mm replacement bands for your Omega Seamaster Edizione Venezia, go to our leather replacement band page.