Rubber straps on high end watches

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    Rubber straps on high end watches

    I just don't get why some very expensive watches have the rubber strap ala Hublot. If I'm spending 5-6K on a nice watch I want it on a bracelet or alligator. I can see that they are very utilitarian and water resistant, but to me the rubber isn't as classy or dressy as the others. The rubber strap makes a good spare, but not a first choice imho. That's my take on rubber straps.


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    Re: Rubber straps on high end watches

    Just as confusing is how some of the high end watch makers ask $4-5-600.00 for a rubber strap. I have to agree with you, they have their place but on a 5k + watch? To each his own I guess?
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    Re: Rubber straps on high end watches

    I've silicone rubber on Rolex GMT ll and two Omega PO's. While these may or may not be deemed "high end", the rubber straps are compatible with the service these watches see. Bracelet would be scratched up, exoctic leather (alligator) would be ruined in short order.
    I have dress watches that sport nice bracelets or straps.
    Indeed, "to each his own".

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    Re: Rubber straps on high end watches

    Not my taste either, but there are certainly high end watches that are of a sporty design that look appropriate on a rubber strap, such as Chopards.
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    Re: Rubber straps on high end watches

    They are just improving the profit margin!
    How much does a rubber (synthetic or Latex) strap cost to make, 50 cents, 1 $?
    If made in PRc, maybe 10 cents?

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    Re: Rubber straps on high end watches

    I don't mind rubber on hi end dive watches, but at least they should come on a bracelet with the rubber strap thrown in as an extra. No way in hell I'm paying over $100 for a rubber strap. I don't care what it has embossed on it. ~ David

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    Re: Rubber straps on high end watches

    I can see it one a REAL dive watch like the PO. The rest, like the 18K Bulgaris and Hublots? Well, I'm not into hip-hop or rap so I don't get it.

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    Hate to tell you but ...

    the rubber straps are the cheap alternative on those watches at $300 or so. The bracelets go for $1500 - $2500 in SS. I prefer the rubber on my AquaLung. Most comfortable watch I own.




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    Re: Rubber straps on high end watches

    Quote Originally Posted by dmb View Post
    i don't mind rubber on hi end dive watches, but at least they should come on a bracelet with the rubber strap thrown in as an extra. No way in hell i'm paying over $100 for a rubber strap. I don't care what it has embossed on it. ~ david

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    So what difference does it make, whether it's 20 minutes or 20 years, since neither amounts to the faintest echo of the tiniest whisper in the thunder of time.

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    Re: Hate to tell you but ...

    Quote Originally Posted by drster View Post

    Cute. I hope that isn't why you bought your watch. You'd be dating yourself and probably confessing to illegal drug usage....

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    So what difference does it make, whether it's 20 minutes or 20 years, since neither amounts to the faintest echo of the tiniest whisper in the thunder of time.

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