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by Theresa DiMartini August 29, 2020 7 min read

Putting a rubber watch band on a luxury watch is becoming more and more popular every single year. Although Rolex just released their first rubber strap on the Yachtmaster in 2015, many brands have been doing it for much longer, and some others followed Rolex and jumped on the rubber strap train shortly after the release of the Yachtmaster.  From Patek Philippe, Panerai, Ulysse Nardin, and Jaeger LeCoultre to Audemars Piguet and Richard Mille, rubber straps on luxury watches are abundant and extremely popular. 

Here are 14 celebrities rocking a wide variety of rubber watch straps on their timepieces! In no particular order, follow along with us as we take a closer look at some of our favorite actors, musicians, and athletes. The number 8 timepiece is a super uncommon watch that we almost never see on a celebrity wrist. Which one is your favorite? Be sure to tell us in the comments.

1. Drake - Patek Philippe Aquanaut 

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Recently Drake was seen wearing a Patek Philippe Aquanaut with a bright orange rubber strap that perfectly complements the orange accents on the dial. Much like our straps at Everest, this rubber strap is made from material that is resistant to salt water, UV radiation, dust and dirt, and of course normal wear and tear. The orange and black on the dial and strap accent each other perfectly and the self-winding flyback chronograph movement is a special touch! Although the Aquanaut version Drake is wearing was just released at Baselworld 2018, Patek Philippe first introduced the aquanaut on rubber strap way back in the 1990s. This watch comes at a pretty penny, selling between $90,00-$100,000, but it sure is stunning!

2. Ellen Degeneres - Rolex Yachtmaster on Oysterflex ™ Bracelet

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It doesn’t take an experienced watch enthusiast to recognize Ellen’s extremely robust collection of luxury watches. In the image above she is wearing the Everose Rolex Yachtmaster on Oysterflex™ strap sitting next to her wife at the Teen Choice Awards. When her show was on the air, she would rock a variety of different Rolexes every day and she loves to wear them at home and out of the house as well. Although she has been getting a bit of heat in the media lately, her watch collection remains as cool as ever. Have a Yacht-Master on bracelet and want the rubber look? Shop here.

3. John Travolta - Everose Rolex Daytona on Oysterflex ™ Bracelet

You’re the one that I want! Oooh Oooh Oooh yeah. That’s probably how a lot of people feel about the gorgeous rose gold (Everose) Rolex Daytona with ceramic bezel on black rubber strap worn by John Travolta in the 2016 movie “The People vs OJ” where he played the role of O.J. Simpson’s defense attorney. If I were a judge however, I’d change the producers guilty for committing “continuity issues” since this Rolex definitely wouldn’t have been available back in 1995 when the movie took place. Either way, it looks incredibly cool on John Travolta’s wrist.

4. Sir Paul McCartney - Patek Philippe Aquanaut on Black Rubber


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Rock n’ Roll Legend Sir Paul McCartney is the coolest of cool, and he’s got the watch to match. The Beatles Star has been seen all over town wearing the Patek PhilippeRef 5167A in stainless steel, which of course comes on a durable and comfortable black rubber strap. He has been spotted wearing this watch everywhere from Coachella to his appearance on Carpool Karaoke with James Corden. His buddy Ringo Star has the exact same watch as well.

5. Sylvester Stallone - Patek Philippe Aquanaut on Brown Rubber

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Actor Sylvester Stallone is no stranger to the watch world. He has a Rambo-sized collection including everything from Rolex, to Patek, to Panerai and Richard Mille. Seen above he is wearing the Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5167 in rose gold on a brown rubber strap. This is just one of many Pateks he owns. He has also been spotted wearing a rose gold Nautilus, and a 5270 Perpetual Calendar Chronograph in Platinum, among many others.

6. Alex Rodriguez - Cartier Santos 100 XL and Patek Philippe Aquanaut on Black Rubber

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On the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, former baseball star Alex Rodriguez wore a Patek Philippe Aquanaut. A big fan of the brand, he has also been seen wearing the Travel Time Aquanaut and a yellow gold PP Nautilus as well. When he wants to dress up a little more (maybe for a night out on the town with fiance Jennifer Lopez), he rocks an 18k solid rose gold Cartier Santos 100 XL, also on a stunning black rubber strap.

7. Jason Statham - Panerai Luminor Submersible

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High-octane action star Jason Statham wears a Panerai Luminor Submersible (PAM 389) on black rubber. The Panerai PAM 389 boasts a whopping 47mm titanium case, an in-house movement, and “antimagnetic” properties. Because of his relationship with Sylvester Stallone (and due to Sylvester’s relationship with Panerai), Jason Statham actually wears a different Panerai in every one of the Expendables movies. It certainly fits his character and the rubber strap can withstand plenty of action, fighting, and heists. If you want this look, Everest offers rubber and leather straps for a variety of Panerai models. 

8. Will Smith -Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer on Blue Rubber Strap

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Will Smith has been seen on multiple occasions getting jiggy with a much lesser-known timepiece. Here he is seen wearing a beautiful Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer with a blue dial and blue rubber strap. Although Ulysse Nardin is a huge brand, it doesn’t always get as much attention as some of the other heavy hitters. This watch features an in-house automatic movement, a 45-mm stainless steel case, and ranges within the $8,000-10,000 price point. It’s rare to see Ulysse Nardin don the wrists of Hollywood A-listers, but we love to see it. While we don’t yet make straps for UNs, we do love a blue rubber strap on our watches.

9. Mirka Federer - Rolex Yacht-Master 40 in Rose Gold on Oysterflex™ 

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Former pro-tennis player Mirka Federer is not afraid to stand out, and she did it again with the brand new Yacht-Master 40 in rose gold on Oysterflexwith stunning gem-set sapphire and tsavorite bezel. Whether you call it the Tutti Frutti, the Fruity Pebbles, the Haribo, or simply the Rolex Yacht-Master 40 Ref 116695, we can't help but admire how much the matte black rubber strap accents the watch and really makes the bezel shine. We love that Rolex chose rubber for the bracelet of this watch. It goes to show that extreme luxury and rubber go together very nicely.

10. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson - Panerai Luminor Submersible on Black Rubber

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Much like his buddy and frequent co-star Jason Statham, the Rock also loves to wear Panerai. Both on and off the screen Dwayne Johnson has a huge Panerai collection among some other really nice watches. The larger than life size fits perfectly with the Rock’s robust stature, and the rubber strap ensures he can maintain his active lifestyle with ease and flexibility.

11. Rafael Nadal - Richard Mille RM 027 Tourbillon on Orange Rubber

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Swiss watch brand Richard Mille first partnered with Nadal back in 2010 and since then his name has been synonymous with the brand, much like competitor Roger Federer is with Rolex. Here Rafael Nadal is seen wearing the RM 027 Tourbillon during the French Open. This watch is a limited edition model of only 50 pieces, made specifically with Nadal in mind. It apparently is made from a mix of titanium and another alloy called LITAL. Both make this watch incredibly lightweight on the wrist, but also incredibly heavy on the wallet. At $525,000 this watch is stunning in more ways than one. At least Nadal and Federer give back to the community with much of their earnings. We can’t deny we love an orange rubber strap on any watch, but especially on a Rolex Explorer which you can see here.

12. Benedict Cumberbatch - JLC Polaris Date

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English actor Benedict Cumberbatch has been spotted wearing aJaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Date, the new Polaris line that was said to be inspired by the old Polaris, first released in 1968. This JLC is a very elegant watch for an elegant man. Its classic design, tourbillons, and moonphase complication make it an all-around stellar watch. The rubber strap makes it young, fresh, resilient and wearable.

13. Eden Hazard - Rolex Daytona “Eye of the Tiger” on Oysterflex™ 

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Belgian soccer player for Real Madrid Eden Hazard was spotted wearing an 18k yellow gold Rolex Daytona with 36 trapeze-cut diamonds around the bezel on Rolex’s Oysterflex Strap. This watch is dubbed the “Eye of the Tiger” Rolex (ref: 116588TBR) and can put you back somewhere around $130,000. Despite the high price tag, we love that soccer players are rocking rubber straps on their Rolexes! Whether your rubber strap comes factory installed such as on the watch above, or you install an after-market rubber strap, the look and feel of rubber on the wrist is incomparable and loved by many. Check out our over 2,300 5-Star reviews here. 

14. Conor McGregor - Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph on Slate Grey Rubber

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McGregor vs Mayweather may be popular in the ring, but they also have a bit of competition with each other when it comes to their incredibly impressive watch collections. Both of them boast several high end watches and their collections seem to grow monthly! Above you see the Irish UFC Fighter, the “notorious,” Conor McGregor wearing an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph on a slate gray rubber strap that almost looks black. The silver dial with the “mega tapisserie” pattern is classic Piguet and looks awesome peeking out from under the cuff of McGregor’s shirt. This watch also has rhodium-toned counters, white gold applied hour-markers, and classic Royal Oak lume-coated hands. The slate grey color on the inner bezel perfectly complements the rubber strap.

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So there you have it! A wide variety of celebrities who love to rock rubber straps on their luxury watches. At Everest, we LOVE the look of rubber on watches, which is why we got into this business in the first place. High quality rubber watch bands are extremely comfortable, aesthetically pleasing, dirt and dust proof, washable, sanitary, and durable. They enhance the look and feel of watches, even at the highest end of the watch market. Everest prides ourselves on making the highest quality straps for Rolex, Panerai, and Tudor owners. Plus, we have tons of accessories too for collectors of other watches such as the AP, JLC, or Aquanaut.  Check out our over 2,300 5-Star reviews here. 

Were there any celebrities we missed? Which one was your favorite? Sound off in the comments below!

Theresa DiMartini
Theresa DiMartini



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