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The launch of the Omega x Swatch MoonSwatch took the world by storm — and not some Category 5 hurricane we find on earth. Think more of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, where a 16,000 km-wide storm has raged across the surface of the planet for the past three centuries, producing wind speeds over 400kmph. It was that kind of storm. The MoonSwatch didn’t just capture the imagination and open the wallets of watch enthusiasts, it also brought horology back into the mainstream consciousness — and it was a masterstroke of marketing. With the MoonSwatch, Omega and Swatch caught Saturn’s lightning in a bottle. With a sub-$300 list price, you get a taste of the iconic Omega Speedmaster Professional at an accessible price and in an array of fun colors. However, getting your hands on a MoonSwatch is just the start of the adventure. The next step is finding the perfect strap to match your style. To that end, Wristbuddys has launched a series of rubber straps made especially for the MoonSwatch in a wide array of colors.

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Wristbuddys is based in Uppsala, Sweden, and has been in operation since 2020, offering a range of strap options, from nylon and braided nylon straps to rubber and silicone straps. Samuel Lavatt, then a university student at Uppsala University, started Wristbuddys during the COVID pandemic with the goal of offering high-quality straps at reasonable prices. Samuel was a passionate watch enthusiast from a young age and loved having the ability to quickly and easily change the look of a watch by straps. However, most straps he found to be overpriced and websites too extensive and difficult to navigate. Watchbuddys was born out of the desire to create a simple page with a classic collection of straps, all at reasonable prices.

Like so many other watch lovers, Lavatt was caught up in the MoonSwatch mania, and once he got his hands on one, he quickly realized that he could produce a more practical, comfortable strap for the MoonSwatch and provide other enthusiasts with a truly customized option at an accessible price. Lavatt’s approach has clearly caught on, and Wristbuddys has grown, offering a curated range of colors and styles, but doing so at a reasonable price.

The MoonSwatch is a fun and affordable watch, but its Velcro strap isn’t for everyone. For those looking for a truly customized look for the MoonSwatch and prefer the feel and practicality of rubber, the Curved Rubber Strap for MoonSwatch by Wristbuddys is just the ticket. Crafted from TPU and fitting perfectly within the lugs with no gap between the strap and case, the Wristbuddys strap provides a custom look and feel that sets itself apart from standard universal straps. It’s an upgrade that instantly elevates the look of the watch.

Wristbuddys offers the Curved Rubber Strap in an array of colors, designed specifically to match the colors and accents of the various MoonSwatch models, along with some funky options like pink to change up the look of any model. Wristbuddys offers the Curved Rubber Strap in two primary iterations, one with a single color and another with a white center stripe for some added personality. Whether you opt for classic black for your Mission to the Moon or Burgundy to match the Mission to Pluto, each strap is equipped with a 304-L stainless steel buckle with a brushed finish and the Wristbuddys logo.

If you happen to own the original Omega Speedmaster Professional, don’t worry, the Wristbuddys Curved Rubber straps will fit just fine. With a standard 20mm lug width, the Curved Rubber Strap will also fit on a range of watches from other brands.

While fitted rubber straps from other brands often cost in excess of $300, the Wristbuddys Curved Rubber Strap comes in at an eminently reasonable $49 USD. If you’re not a MoonSwatch owner but are keen on the Wristbuddys Curved Rubber Strap, keep your eye on the company, as it plans to continue to broaden its range to other brands and models in the months and years to come. If rubber straps aren’t to your taste, be sure to check out Wristbuddys’ wide range of nylon and braided nylon straps. To learn more about Wristbuddys and the Curved Rubber Strap for the MoonSwatch, and other offerings, please visit the brand’s website.

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