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.

8 Designer Bracelets for the Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio – 44MM – Reference PAM01359

Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio - 44MM – Reference PAM01359

Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio – 44MM – Reference PAM01359

The Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio – 44MM – Reference PAM01359 is powered by the calibre P.9010 – designed and created by Officine Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel. It features 31 jewels, a Glucydur® balance, an Incabloc® anti-shock device and has a 3-day power reserve.  It was built with 200 components and moves with a frequency of 28,800 alterations per hour.

The reference PAM01359 has an hour and a minutes hand, with highly legible luminescent paint that extends from the center hub to the hand’s tip.  The Panerai luminescent coloring is outstanding in its production.  During daytime, the coloring is a demure beige which provides a beautiful offset against the black dial background.  However, in night mode, the bright green luminescence provides hours of highly legible styling, perfect for diving or dinner theater.

Panerai Reference PAM01359 Night

Panerai Reference PAM01359 Night

The PAM01359 has a small seconds dial at the 9 o’clock position with a distinctive blue seconds hand.  At 3 o’clock there is a date aperture. The PAM01359 has stylish Arabic numerals throughout, with the small exception at 3 o’clock where the date aperture replaces the hour marker.  At 12, 9 and 6 o’clock the Arabic numeral is enlarged.

The PAM01359 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.  The Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio – 44MM – Reference PAM01359 is water-resistant to 300 feet.

Panerai Reference PAM01359 back

Panerai Reference PAM01359 back

The new P.9010 calibre has enabled the Panerai designers to make a significant reduction in the weight and thickness of the case so that it is just 15.6 mm. It is protected by a Sapphire crystal formed of corundum on both the front and the back side of the timepiece, where the timepiece exhibits its exceptional workmanship of the calibre P.9010.  The Officine Panerai timepiece is fitted with a Calf Rugby, Black leather bracelet with beige stitching on the 24/22 mm lugs.

Yellow Bracelet for the Panerai Reference PAM01359

Yellow Bracelet for the Panerai Reference PAM01359

Rubber B has developed 8 bands for the Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio – 44MM – Reference PAM01359.  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 PAM01359 with “Blocked Integration” engineering for a flawless, motionless flush mount to the Panerai case.  See the picture below for a close-up view of the tight fit of the band to the case.  The Rubber B vulcanized rubber straps are fitted with a 316L Stainless Steel Tang Buckle, but also perfectly fits the original Panerai buckle.

Black Band for the Panerai Reference PAM01359

Dual Color Black Band for the Panerai Reference PAM01359

The Rubber B bands extend the ability for the PAM01359 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 reference PAM01359 visit our page here.

6 Leather Straps for the Alpiner 4 Manufacture Flyback Chronograph Reference AL-760SB5AQ6

Alpiner 4 Manufacture Flyback Chronograph Reference AL-760SB5AQ6

Alpiner 4 Manufacture Flyback Chronograph Reference AL-760SB5AQ6

Alpina Union Horlogerie S.A. was founded in 1883 by Gottlieb Hauser, making it one of the first Swiss mechanical watchmakers.  Hauser’s constant innovation helped create quality, durable and precise timepieces, initially intended for sportsmen, engineers, technicians and adventurers.

The “Alpina 4” concept was introduced in 1938 when Hauser revolutionized the sport watch by insisting on the 4 qualities that he believed would make the perfect watch for the sports enthusiast.  The sports timepiece had to be designed with antimagnetic, antishock and water resistant properties. The case had to be designed with stainless steel for durability.  By strictly adhering to these principles, the Alpina 4 watches became the timekeeper of choice for Alpinists, the Air Force, the Navy and the Military.

The Alpiner 4 Manufacture Flyback Chronograph Reference AL-760SB5AQ6 pictured above is a beautiful representation and the latest in the long history of Alpiner 4’s.  It has a 44 mm stainless steel case with black leather strap.  The silvered sunray dial and silver-tone hands jump off dial with cutting precision.  The hour markers are cut to fit precisely around the 3 chrono dials.  The chronograph dials display the 60 seconds dial at 9 o’clock, 30 minutes dial at 3 o’clock and the date dial at 6 o’clock.

The water resistance supports 330 feet.  The timepiece has a scratch resistant sapphire crystal and a screw down crown with chronograph pushers above and below the crown at the 2 and 4 o’clock positions.  The split-seconds function, also known as “flyback”, was invented in the 1930s to make it easier for pilots to use this most essential of instruments. With this function, pressing the push-piece just once starts the timer again from zero.

6 Leather Straps for the Alpiner 4 Manufacture Flyback Chronograph Reference AL-760SB5AQ6

6 Leather Straps for the Alpiner 4 Manufacture Flyback Chronograph Reference AL-760SB5AQ6

Powered by the new caliber AL-760, the Reference AL-760SB5AQ6 provides 38 hours of power reserve.  Made from 233 components, the AL-760 provides exceptional automatic timekeeping, date and chronograph function.  The bezel is a polished steel.  Inside the bezel there are telemeter markers, which are displayed ingeniously around the outer rim.

Rubber B has designed 6 leather bracelets for the Alpiner 4 Manufacture Flyback Chronograph Reference AL-760SB5AQ6.  The two Jet 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 Red Devil option adds a stunning red outline to the black leather and vulcanized rubber band and matches the Alpiner 4 red triangle of the seconds hand.  The Rubber B Structure Series bands are fitted with a 316L Stainless Steel tang buckle–providing a durable clasp that would make Gottlieb Hauser proud.  For more information visit the Rubber B structure series page here.

8 Designer Bands for the Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio – 44mm – PAM01312

Panerai Reference PA001312

Panerai Reference PA001312

The Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio – 44mm – PAM01312 is powered by the calibre P.9010 –designed and created by Officine Panerai Manufacture in Neuchâtel. It utilizes a Glucydur® balance, an Incabloc® anti-shock device and has a 3-day power reserve. 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 black dial makes an impressive statement and is similarly matched by the black small seconds dial and black background on the date aperture.

The reference PAM01312 has beige hour markers and luminescent markings on the hands which turns a blue-green in darkness. The small seconds and Arabic numerals at 12, 9 and 6 o’clock also have luminescent coloring for legible night-time view. The small seconds illuminates the 4 corners indicating 15, 30, 45 and 60 seconds and the second hand.

Panerai PA001312 Night view

Panerai PA001312 Night view

The PAM01312 has a 44 mm case with a polished steel bezel and brushed steel case. The large winding crown is protected by a brushed steel crown protecting lock-down mechanism which is a trademark of Panerai.

The Panerai Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days Automatic Acciaio – 44mm – PAM01312 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.

Red Rubber B Band for the PAM001312

Red Rubber B Band for the PAM001312

Rubber B has developed 8 bands for the Panerai Luminor 1950 10 Days GMT Automatic Acciaio – 44mm PAM01312.  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 PAM01312 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.

Tang buckle for the PAM001312

Tang buckle for the PAM001312

The Rubber B bands extend the ability for the PAM01312 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 PAM01312 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.