Most people choose to put a rubber watch band on their Rolex in order to customize their watch and showcase their specific personality, style, and aesthetic. Choosing a well-made rubber strap for your Rolex is a way to get the look of an Oysterflex bracelet on references that don’t have that type of strap as an option. Since the Oysterflex is only available on three Rolex references at this point, using an aftermarket band allows you to bring a more casual look to your Rolex. Adding a rubber strap to an Explorer, Milgauss, or even a Datejust is a way to easily switch up the look and feel of your watch. While a metal Oyster bracelet is a classic option, it also can sometimes feel a little stuffy for certain circumstances. It’s perfect with a suit, but less ideal on vacation in Turks and Caicos. Here are three reasons to try out a rubber strap.
Switching out your metal bracelet for a rubber watch strap on your Rolex is also a way of preserving and protecting your investment. A rubber watch strap is built to withstand the bangs and nicks that everyday wear can have on your Rolex. By changing out your watch band, you can save your Oyster or Jubilee Rolex bracelet for special occasions. Using an Everest Band allows you to incorporate your Rolex into your daily life while still preserving the watch for legacy wear or for resale.
In most cases, the word “rubber” is used as a shorthand for fluoroelastomer, a synthetic rubber that’s known for being flexible, strong, and temperature resistant. It’s used for all types of industrial uses, including automotive, HVAC, and construction. Fluoroelastomer is used in the construction of Rolex’s Oysterflex bracelet. It’s also the material we use in the construction of Everest Bands. We chose a Swiss-Made FKM rubber because of its high purity and strong construction. Our design ensures both an incredibly comfortable wearing experience and a custom fit for each Rolex reference due to an ABS insert.
Everest Bands choose fluoroelastomer because silicone is not the best choice for a watch strap. Through daily wear, watches are subject to temperature changes, moisture, magnetism, UV rays, and other types of environmental exposure. FKM is unaffected by temperatures as low as -45 °F or as high as 400 °F. Since silicone watch bands have a positive charge, they attract dust particles and smudges. In contrast, high quality vulcanized rubber will stay clean. Fluroelastomer has also low friction coefficients, and is resistant to abrasions and corrosion. FKM is considered a premium fluoroelastomer, so it’s a highly preferred compound to use.
Everest Bands bring Swiss manufacturing and materials to watch wearers around the world. We’re the preferred aftermarket watch brand for thousands of luxury watch collectors.Our watch bands offer unparalleled design, manufacture, and finishing in many different colors. Unlike other watch straps, Everest Bands are built to fit specific models, so you can have a custom fit no matter which reference you prefer.
Written by Meghan Clark