This exact same thread has been repeated here for years, most times on a quarterly basis. If you do a search, you should find tons of info and pics. Since the OP says he's looking for a dressy rubber strap with deployment, then I would suggest either the SINN or STEINHART rubber straps with butterfly deployment. They are both excellent items and look dressy, though they are branded. I know some balk at that, but the rubber tires on your car are branded differently by their respective manufacturers. The ISOFRANE can indeed look dressy, and they look wonderful on a Rolex. I know many guys that put an ISOFRANE on their Rolex in the summer. None of the three straps I mention, will dress down any watch, they will only make it look better. And you get what you pay for in this hobby. I think a $10 ugly rubber or replica strap on an $8,000 Rolex or Omega just looks goofy, and it cheapens the watch. I equate it to putting 1960's era polyester ply whitewall tires on a Corvette or Ferrari. It just doesn't look right. I agree with DEMO's statements below, and his photo simply does not lie. As for wear and comfort (in addition to looks, quality, reliability, and longevity), I've yet to find a better strap than the SINN or ISOFRANE. Good luck on your search!
For members who understand, no explanation is needed. For thread crappers who do not understand, no explanation is possible. Some people are like Slinkies...not really good for anything, but you can't help smiling when you see one tumble down the stairs.
Another vote here for Sinn OEM rubber straps. I'm wearing one now on my 757 UTC. I can feel the weight of the watch but not the strap. They are signed but only on one side. To get around that buy two and use only the plain unsigned sides. They are symmetrical and have curved ends.
I bought an Omega Kevlar-wrapped double-ridged strap from Otto Frei years ago. Omega calls it Coramide. Very dressy. Looks like fabric. It looked spectacular on my Speedmaster as it would on a Seamaster. The only issue was wear. It is made with an incredibly thin layer of Kevlar laminated to a ... wait for it ... double-ridged rubber strap.
They have other Omega OEM rubber straps as well. All with curved ends which I think makes the straps look best. Read the descriptions carefully. Some Omega rubber straps are not waterproof as they have leather underlistings. Go figure.
Omega Rubber Deployment Buckle and Clasp Straps
You can see the wear below if you look closely near the top left lug. It got much worse before I retired it. They are not cheap so know it will wear itself threadbare with normal usage.
Oh, and if anybody wants two new Modena straps they can have them for free.
Last edited by marchone; July 4th, 2012 at 02:04.
This probably won't help you, but my favorite rubber strap is the one that comes with the MM300:
10" wrist? thats impressive
I dive my isofrane on its wetsuit extension
No 9 1/4 inch wrists on a good cool day, warm 9 1/2,which leaves no tail at all, if I'm lucky it will be on the last hole. wearing a divers extension all the time ..... that.
Last edited by SHANE 1000; July 4th, 2012 at 04:50.
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Last edited by MadMex; July 4th, 2012 at 06:38.
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I would like to have an ISOFRANE someday
For those that wear the Bonetto Cinturini 300D with the diamond pattern on the inside - do you find that the pattern is uncomfortable or irritates your skin? I will likely wear the smooth side on the outside for the most part. Maybe I should just get a BC with a smooth finish.
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