5 Custom Bracelets for the Tudor Black Bay Reference M79230R-0012

Tudor Black Bay reference M79230R-0012

Tudor Black Bay reference M79230R-0012

The Tudor Black Bay reference M79230R-0012 is a combination of new and antique elements which make it a unique find.  The matt bergundy bezel in anodised aluminum gives a stellar contrast to the black dial and a very modern appeal.  Yet, the beautiful patina of the snowflake hands, luminescent hour markers and the markings of the dial, give the Black Bay reference M79230R-0012 a classic look which you might find on, perhaps, an old Rolex from the 1960’s.

This yellowish coloring is highly sought after by collectors worldwide, and yet you wouldn’t have to wait 50 years since this is the intended coloring out of the box.  To further accentuate the cream colored luminescent coloring, the hour markers and hands are surrounded by gold toned metal rather than stainless steel.

The Tudor is known for the big winding crown which makes it simple to to adjust the timepiece.  Tudor released its own in-house movement in 2015 – a high-performance calibre MT5602 which is certified by the COSC, and provides an outstanding 70-hour power reserve.  It is a diver’s watch with waterproofness to 660 feet.  The 41mm steel case is joined by a domed sapphire crystal.  The timepiece comes with a steel bracelet, aged leather, or fabric straps with each new timepiece.  The fabric straps are a Tudor signature feature, being produced according to the “Jacquard” technique mastered by a century old family business from the St-Etienne region of France.

5 Bracelets for the Tudor Black Bay m79230r-0012

5 Bracelets for the Tudor Black Bay m79230r-0012

Rubber B has developed 5 Vulcanized dual colored rubber bracelets engineered to fit the Tudor Black Bay reference M79230R-0012 and the Tudor deployant buckle. This strap utilizes “Blocked Integration” engineering, incorporating solid inserts for a flawless, motionless flush mount to the watch case. These straps are compatible with the Tudor buckle or any other standard 18mm tang buckle.

Rubber Band supports the original Tudor clasp

Rubber Band supports the original Tudor clasp

All Rubber B bands are made in Switzerland of pure vulcanized rubber. No coating, blends, glues or bonding are used in the production of these bands, providing a strength and reliability for divers, and sports enthusiasts, while retaining its beauty for any occasion. For more information go to our page here.

Two Exceptional Watch Bands for the Rolex Sea Dweller 43mm Reference 126600

Rolex Sea Dweller 43mm

Rolex Sea Dweller 43mm

Rolex has been at the cutting edge of diver’s timepieces since the first waterproof Oyster case was released in the 1920’s.  Rolex didn’t stop at the bare minimum requirements of mere water resistance.  Rolex engineered this timepiece specifically for deep-sea exploration.  Rolex launched the Sea-Dweller in 1967.  It is currently waterproof to a depth of 4000 feet.

The Deepsea version of the Sea-Dweller was launched in 2008 and re-released in 2014.  The Rolex Deepsea allows divers to take their timepiece to an unbelievable 12,800 feet deep.  It is designed with a helium escape valve, which equalizes pressure during decompression.  The strength and water resistance is engineered using a patented Ringlock system.  It has a nitrogen alloyed steel designed in a ring and the case back is a titanium grade 5.  The sapphire crystal is 5.5 mm thick, creating a timepiece that can withstand 3 tonnes of pressure.

Rolex Sea-dweller 43mm

Rolex Sea-dweller 43mm

The Sea-Dweller has a 60-minute graduated, unidirectional rotatable bezel allowing divers to safely monitor dive and decompression times. The large Chromalight hour markers provide a long-lasting blue luminescence on the hour markers and hour, minute and seconds hands, providing powerful visibility at the deepest depths.

The 43 mm Oystersteel case is fitted with a 3 piece link Oyster bracelet with folding clasp and Rolex’s Glidelock extension system.  The calibre 3235 provides an outstanding 70 hours of power reserve and comes with the superlative chronometer certification rating.

Rubber B straps support the original Rolex Glidelock clasps with extension system

Rubber B straps support the original Rolex Glidelock clasps with extension system

Rubber B has designed two straps for the Rolex Sea-Dweller 43 mm reference 126600. The first is an all black strap and the second is black and red strap “Vulchromatic” bracelet which are perfectly fused together.  The red perfectly matches the Sea Dweller print on the dial of the timepiece.

The Carbon Fiber Series rubber strap engineered to fit Rolex Sea-Dweller 43mm case and Glidelock clasp.  It is not compatible with the 40mm Sea-Dweller or 44mm Deepsea Sea-Dweller models. This strap utilizes “Blocked Integration” engineering, incorporating solid inserts for a flawless, motionless flush mount to the watch case.

These straps are infused with strength technology providing support against friction, weight, and frequent micro-adjustments made daily to your Rolex Glidelock Clasp. 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.  This band maintains the full support of the extention systems of your Glidelock clasp.  For more information, visit our page here.

Rubber B Launches the new SwimSkin Bracelets for the 40mm and 42mm Panerai Timepiece

Panerai Luminor 1950 with Swim Skin Watch Band

Panerai Luminor 1950 with Swim Skin Watch Band

The Panerai Luminor 1950 lineup of timepieces, including the PAM00677 Luminor Due 3 Days Oro Rosso, PAM00904 Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic Acciaio, PAM00906 Luminor Due 3 Days Automatic Acciaio, PAM00728 Luminor Due 3 Days Titanio, and the PAM00741 Luminor Due 3 Days Oro Rosso are exceptional 42mm models which come on leather strap.  Protected by a sapphire scratch-resistant crystal on both the front and the back side of the timepiece, the Panerai Luminor is an exquisite sports timepiece. 

Powered by an in-house designed hand-wound mechanical caliber P.1000/10, the 42mm Panerai Luminor Due 3 Days contain 12 lignes, 21 jewels, Glucydur® balance, and a KIF Parechoc® anti-shock device. These timepieces provide hour, minutes, a small seconds functions and a power reserve of 3 days.  They support a diving depth of 330 feet.  The timepiece is protected by Panerai exclusive crown locking mechanism that further protects the timepiece from water intrusion into the timepiece.

Rubber B has designed two exclusive SwimSkin bracelets for the Panerai 40mm and 42mm – which perfectly fits its 22mm lug space.  The first is a SwimSkin Alligator Leather band which fuses either Expresso or Black Alligator leather with Vulcanized rubber.

The second bracelet is a SwimSkin Ballistic model which resembles Alligator hide or sailcloth.  However, it is 100% rubber and is therefore fully waterproof and has an unmatched strength and resiliency.  No coatings, blends or bonding is utilized in the Rubber B vulcanized rubber manufacturing.

Rubber B SwimSkin Bands support the Panerai Tang Buckle

Both bands support the original Panerai tang Buckle.  Manufactured in Switzerland the SwimSkin bands provide a stylish elegance, while its vulcanized rubber provides a non-toxic, non-marking and allergen-free material which repels dust.  For more information about our Swimskin bands for Panerai timepieces visit our page here.

3 Designer Bracelets for the Rolex Submariner Ceramic

Rolex Submariner with Ceramic Case

Rolex Submariner with Ceramic Case

The Rolex Submariner is a stunning example of the peak performance sports timepiece.  Designed to be a diver’s watch back in the early 1950’s at the urging of amateur diver and Rolex director, Rene P. Jeanneret, Rolex launched the legendary timepiece in 1953.  Soon afterwards August and Jacques Piccard achieved a world diving record to an amazing 10,335 feet below the ocean’s surface, with their new experimental Submariner reference 6200 on their wrist.  Eventually the Submariner was making silver screen history being worn by Jacques Cousteau and James Bond’s Sean Connery, catapulting the Sub into the history books as one of the most popular Rolex timepieces in history.

The official launch of the Submariner occurred in 1954 with the reference 6204 and in 1955 with the 6205.   The early Submariner touted a triplock waterproofness system that supported a depth of 660 feet.  The central core of the timepiece’s design is the rotating bezel, which keeps track of air time for divers. Rolex also designed an adjustable clasp that allows divers to wear their timepiece on top of their gloves and wetsuit with a quick adjusting clasp.

Rolex continued to innovate with the Submariner, adding highly luminescent hour markers, a scratchproof sapphire glass, and a cyclops lens to add readability to the date window.  Rolex increase the depth rating to support a dive depth of 1000 feet.

The new Rolex Submariner 116610 has a ceramic bezel which rotates in one direction.  It is scratch-resistant with numerals and graduations coated in platinum.  The 40 mm size of the Submariner case is probably the perfect size for nearly any wrist.  It is powered by a caliber 3135 (with a COSC rating) and has a 48 hour power reserve.  The Oystersteel case and bracelet, made out of high performance 904L steel, make the Submariner one of the most durable watches in the market.

Rolex Submariner Band Supports Original Rolex Glidelock Clasp

Rolex Submariner Band Supports Original Rolex Glidelock Clasp

Rubber B has developed 3 Bracelets to support the Rolex Submariner.  The first is a carbon fiber series rubber strap engineered to fit the Rolex Submariner Ceramic case and the original Rolex Glidelock clasp.  This designer band is infused with carbon molecules to provide strength technology to reduce friction, weight, and stress resistance while maintaining the supple, flexible comfort around the wearer’s wrist.  For more information on the Glidelock Supported Edition for the Rolex Submariner, click here.

Tang Buckle Strap for the Rolex Submariner

Tang Buckle Strap for the Rolex Submariner

The second bracelet for the Rolex Submariner designed by Rubber B is the Tang Buckle Series.  Rubber B has developed 5 solid color watchbands and 3 dual (vulchromatic) color bands.  Each band comes with a 316L Stainless Steel Tang Buckle and is engineered to fit the Rolex Submariner Ceramic case.  All Rubber B bands are made in Switzerland of pure vulcanized rubber.  To view the large selection of color options for the Tang Buckle Series, click here.

Velcro Strap for the Rolex Submariner with Titanium Loop

Velcro Strap for the Rolex Submariner with Titanium Loop

Rubber B made history of their own by designing a unique strap for the Rolex Submariner.  The exclusive Velcro® Alfatex® closure provides a comfortable and esthetically pleasing mount to the Submariner Cermaic case.  It is secured on an attachment loop, strengthened with a Titanium Insert for optimal performance.  The Velcro stitching is hand-sewn with Gore-Tenara® Marine Thread, achieving maximum resistance to UV-rays, atmospheric conditions, & chemicals.  For more information on this exceptional watchband for the Rolex Submariner with ceramic case, visit the Velcro® Series page here.

 

4 Bracelets for the Rolex Air King 34mm

Air King with White Bracelet

Air King with White Bracelet – Reference 14000

The Rolex Air-King with a 34mm case has a very long and complex history.  The earliest Rolex Air-Kings were introduced in the 1930’s and had other “Air” names (Air Lion, Air Tiger and Air Giant)which were dropped in the 1940’s.  The “Air-King” name stuck and became a key brand marketed to pilots during World War II and beyond.  The long-produced Rolex Air-King Reference 5500 was released in 1957 to pay homage to the many soldiers of war.  It stayed on the market for an unbelievable 37 years.  The 5500 was ahead of its time, sporting the first all in-house movement made by Rolex – the caliber 1520.  It was made with only 17 jewels, due to import laws, but had excellent timekeeping capabilities.  The reference 5500 has a solid durable construction – with both steel case and band, and a twinlock waterproofness system with water resistance of 100 meters.  It also had an acrylic protective crystal which proved to be a solid front glass until the introduction of sapphire crystal in the reference 14000.

The Air-King Reference 14000, introduced in 1989, also changed the movement to a more modern calibre 3000.  The 14010, also introduced in 1989, introduced the Engine Turned Bezel.  Although some of these early models came with the original style of dial from the 5500, the new Explorer style dial with the Arabic numerals at 3, 6 and 9 o’clock were increasingly used.  See the Explorer 14000 pictured above.  The Rolex Air-King Reference 14000M and 14010M were introduced in 2000 with a new caliber 3130.  Throughout the majority of the Air-King production history, the 34mm case was used, with a few small exceptions (such as a small run of Explorer case based Air-King 5500’s which had a 35 mm case).

It wasn’t until 2007 that the Air King got a total transformation.  The case changed to become thicker and received its first COSC certification. The 2007 models include the Reference 114200, 114210, and 114234.  

The Air King 116900 finally gave the Air-King a completely new look, and adopting a 40 mm case and a caliber 3131.  This new Air-King utilizes a 60 second dial with 5, 10, 20, 25, 35, 40, 50 and 55 at those minute markers.  The numeral 5 appears at the 1 o’clock position, and 10 at 2 o’clock and so on.  However, oddly it retains the 3, 6 and 9 designations at the 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock positions.  The two numerical schemes attempt to match the cockpit board instrumentation used in some of Rolex speed land tests.

The Rolex Air-King is an exceptional example of the Rolex dedication to precision instruments and the longevity of the brand.  Its simple look and consistent design became a Rolex mainstay and a low cost entry to the Rolex brand.  However, Rolex took exceptional pains throughout the Air-King history to improve the design, construction and performance of the Air-King – even moving away from the simple face design to a far more complex cockpit look.

Rolex Air King With Black and White Rubber B bracelets

Rolex Air King With Black and White Rubber B bracelets

Rubber B designed 4 bracelets for the Rolex Air-King 34 mm timepiece.  For the new Air-King 40mm, visit the Rubber B page here.  Rubber B supports the Air-King 34mm case with 19mm lug space.  The strap utilizes “Blocked Integration” engineering for a flawless, motionless flush mount to the Air-King case.  This band is designed to mount the original Oyster Clasp that came with the Rolex steel Oyster band.

All Rubber B bands are made in Switzerland of pure vulcanized rubber.  No coatings, blends or bonding is used in the manufacturing of this Rubber B strap.  This strap comes with 3 solid colors and a Tuxedo Velour option, which is an upscale version of the Jet Black strap.  For more information, please visit our Air-King 34mm page here.