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7 Designer Straps for the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R-001

Patek Philippe 5980R

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R

The Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R-001, with its classic octagonal bezel and rounded porthole case design epitomizes yachting at its finest.  The 5980R-001 is an exquisite sports watch which is durable enough for the most active lifestyles, yet elegant to be worn at any upscale affair.

This Nautilus brand has epitomized fine watchmaking since 1976.  This Nautilus is a chronograph with a 60-minute and 12-hour dial at the 6 o’clock position.  The pushers are elegantly placed into the case between the 1 and 2 o’clock and between 4 and 5 o’clock positions, above and below the screw down crown.  It has a date window at 3 o’clock.  The hour and minutes hands as well as the hour markers are rose gold with luminescent coating.

Patek Philippe 5980R With Expresso Brown and Jet Black Rubber B Straps

Patek Philippe 5980R With Expresso Brown and Jet Black Rubber B Straps

The dial is a dark brown with embossed patterning.  A matching set of cufflinks with the same embossed patterning and rose gold can be had for an additional cost.  The 5980R-001 is also available in steel, white gold, or two-tone combinations.

The 5980R-001 is powered by a Caliber CH 28-520 C self-winding automatic movement.  It has 308 parts, 35 jewels, a Gyromax balance and Spriomax spring.  The central rotor is in 21k gold.  It has a 55 hour power reserve.  Both the front and back of the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R-001 are covered by sapphire crystal.  The beauty of the movement can be seen through the back crystal viewing window.  The Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R-001 originally ships with a brown crocodile leather band.

Patek Philippe 5980R With Blue and White Rubber B Straps

Patek Philippe 5980R With Blue and White Rubber B Straps

Rubber B has developed 7 stunning bracelets for the Patek Philippe 5980R-001.  Although there are two different shades of brown (Expresso & Chocolate) that can match the original crocodile leather band that came with the 5980R, there are several other color bands that can help make a statement.  The Rubber B bands are durable and able to withstand the rigors of an athletic lifestyle.  All Rubber B bands are manufactured in Switzerland from Vulcanized rubber.  No coating, blends or bonding is used in the manufacturing – ensuring long-lasting strength.

Patek Philippe 5980R with Rubber B Band that supports Deployant Buckle

Patek Philippe 5980R with Rubber B Band that supports Deployant Buckle

The Vulcanized rubber straps are engineered to fit the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980 case and deployant buckle. The Rubber B straps are compatible with models that come on a leather crocodile strap, not the ones that come on a gold bracelet. For more information visit our page here.

 

7 Designer Bands for the Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 5712/1A-001 in stainless steel

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712

Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712

The Patek Philippe Nautilus ref. 5712 first appeared in 2005 and labeled as ref. 3712. It has a date indicator with an embedded moon phase indicator inside the date dial, a small seconds dial and a power reserve indicator. It has the same porthole design found in yachts and other seagoing vessels.  Developed in 1976 the Nautilus line has become an iconic and highly recognizable design. The 40mm case is available in stainless steel, white gold, and 18k rose gold.

The Nautilus ref. 5712 has an embossed slate grey dial.  The hour markers and hour/minute hands are in white gold and painted with luminescence to provide exceptional night time visibility. The 5712 is powered by a Patek Philippe automatic calibre 240 Petite Seconde, Indicateur de Réserve de Marche, Calendrier and Phases de Lune which provides 48 hours of reserve power.

7 Rubber B Bracelets for the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712

7 Rubber B Bracelets for the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712

No matter which Nautilus 5712 (on leather strap) you own, Rubber B has a beautiful watch band to complement your personality. This strap is compatible with the models which come on a leather/crocodile strap, not the models that come on a steel or gold bracelet.  Rubber B has specifically designed their straps with strong vulcanized rubber to perfectly fit the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5712 case and deployant buckle.

All Rubber B straps are made in Switzerland of pure vulcanized rubber with no coating, blends or bonding.  These watch bands are designed to fit all wrist sizes, and are hypo-allergenic.  Although the Rubber B straps for the Nautilus 5712 are exceptionally beautiful, they are made for sports enthusiasts and can be comfortably worn at the beach and at the boardroom.  For more information visit our 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

6 Designer Watch Bands for the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980

Patek Philippe 5980 RG

Patek Philippe 5980 RG

The Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R Chronograph and Date timepiece in rose gold is a stunning example of horology at its finest.  With the rounded octagonal shape of the bezel and the porthole case design, the Nautilus epitomizes the ultimate in elegant sports watch design.  The Nautilus was designed in 1976 and is built in steel, rose gold, white gold or two-tone combinations.

The reference 5980R is powered by a Caliber CH 28-520 C self-winding mechanism with a 55 hour max power reserve.  It has a central rotor built in 21k gold, and utilizes Gyromax for balance and Spiromax balance spring.  The timepiece pictured above has a bezel and case created from rose gold. The black brown dial is horizontally embossed, with gold hour markers with luminescent coating.  The 6-oclock dial has a 60 minute and a 12-hour monocounter which are operated by the two pushers on the right side of the dial, above and below the screw-down crown.

Patek Philippe Arctic White and Navy Blue

Patek Philippe Arctic White and Navy Blue

The Nautilus 5980R is fitted with a hand-stitched matt dark brown Alligator strap.  The case size 40.5 mm wide and 12.2 mm high.  The sapphire crystal appears on both the front and back of the case, helping to make the timepiece water resistant to 360 feet.

Patek Philippe Expresso Brown and Jet Black Bracelets

Patek Philippe Expresso Brown and Jet Black Bracelets

Rubber B has designed 6 exquisite bracelets to fit the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R.  The alternative straps are designed for an active lifestyle, made from durable vulcanized rubber and engineered to fit the Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980 case and rose gold deployant buckle.  All of Rubber B watch bands are made in Switzerland of pure vulcanized rubber, with no coating, blends or bonding.

The 5980R would look fantastic with the Arctic White, Expresso Brown, Jet Black or Navy Blue bands, as they complement the coloring and features on the dial. The increased durability of the Rubber B straps will allow the Nautilus wearer a comfortable and long-lasting band to support an active lifestyle.  For more information go to our page here.