Thursday, June 30, 2011

Rubber Bands

An Uzi Protector on a stock rubber band

A Seiko Tuna Can on its stock Seiko rubber band

A Debaufre Ocean 1 on a Modena band

A Debaufre Aircraft 8 on a Modena band

An Adi mil-watch with an integrated rubber band

An Uzi Ballistic on its stock rubber band

A modern Amphibia on a Modena band

A late eighties vintage Vostok Amphibia on an unusual stock Vostok rubber band with integral compass

A Seiko Landmonster on a stock Seiko rubber band

An Adi ana-digi diver on a Modena rubber band

As much as I like a well made leather watch band, there is no getting aound the sticky reality that they don't wear very well in hot or humid climates. For those of us who live in places with regularly changing seasons, this reality has created a little ritual every spring where the leather bands that held our watches so nicely during the fall and winter are removed an replaced with hot weather alternatives.

Now, if you want to spend some money and you have a watch that would appropriately benefit from an investment, get a nice solid link stainless steel bracelet. I've written several reviews where the benefits of a good bracelet are discussed. However, as the name of this review above suggests, there is another alternative for hot weather that works really well too. This is, of course the rubber (or silicon) band. This style of watchband is commonly offered as a standard accessory with many diver watches but, thanks to a variety of new designs, rubber bands can be retro fitted to just about anything these days. It doesn't hurt that the price of admission is also, generally speaking, very low.

In the photos above, there are a number of watches that either came stock with rubber bands or were fitted with them by me for hot weather wear. A well made rubber watch band is completely waterproof, light in weight and pretty durable. Sweat, water and grime should have no effect on them at all.

My favorite supplier of aftermarket rubber watchbands is Modena Watch Company (I have no connection to them if you are wondering). They have a wide variety of different bands available, and their prices are usually under $20. If one of your favorite watches is regularly sidelined for fear of ruining its leather band, an inexpensive rubber alternative is a no-brainer.
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