Rubber B Watch Straps For The Rolex Sky-Dweller

Rubber B Watch Straps For The Rolex Sky-Dweller

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As the very first company to create integrated rubber straps for Rolex sport watches in 2010, Rubber B modestly, but courageously introduced vulcanized rubber straps that featured blocked case integration and Oyster clasp compatibility for a few select Rolex watch models, including the Daytona, Submariner, and GMT Master. Initial reception by the Rolex community was vehemently mixed, and a gentle path to mainstream acceptance was paved with a long-term focus on promoting quality craftsmanship. Seven years later, Rubber B has become a mainstay, having grown exponentially to include over 175 different strap options that accommodate passionate watch owners of many various luxury brands.

Even Rolex, SA has joined in on the rubber strap phenomenon, most recently introducing their new “Oyster–Flex” straps for the 2015 Yachtmaster and the brand new 2017 Daytona. In the past, Rolex had only produced a limited number of gem-set Datejust watches that came with their own fashionable rubber strap with inlaid diamonds, but this new foray into rubber straps for sport models certainly has broadened the field of strap options available to Rolex enthusiasts.

Rubber B Watch Straps For The Rolex Sky-Dweller Luxury Items

Most notably, Rubber B is the only integrated watchband company whose rubber straps are earnestly produced in Switzerland, and always feature the mold marking “Swiss Made” in their rubber body, as such markings are strictly guarded by international trade law. Each integrated Rubber B strap contains a solid insert that has been micro-calibrated for a specific watch model, maintaining a tight, rotation-free mount to the watch case (“Blocked Integration”). The original purpose of Rubber B was to provide discerning Rolex watch owners with a viable alternative to their original Rolex bracelet, while they enjoyed comfort, individuality, and customization. However, in the case of the beautiful Sky-Dweller that comes originally from Rolex on a crocodile band, such owners can now have the added benefit of bathing, swimming, and perspiring without worry, all while wearing their exclusive Rolex watch.

Recently released, this uniquely integrated Rubber B watchband for the Rolex Sky-Dweller represents the latest and most high-tech evolution in rubber strap manufacturing. Although Rubber B straps are created exclusively in an industry-leading Swiss factory, the Sky-Dweller strap presented quite a challenge during development. This new design is significantly more structured than previous Rubber B models. The incorporation of a patented dual-color technology, termed VulChromatic® combined with this delicate, yet complex undertaking, required more machine re-engineering than usual. The target objective finally became a successful execution, as you may notice, represented in the surface color’s extremely finite margins (photo below).

Rubber B Watch Straps For The Rolex Sky-Dweller Luxury Items

It is an overly-used phrase these days, but Rolex owners truly do understand and appreciate the value of Swiss quality engineering. Every aspect of a Rubber B strap must maintain an integral respect to its intended watch. For example, the bezel-influenced fluted grooves and subtle color patterns of this particular strap are intended to compliment the various Sky-Dweller models and dials currently available from Rolex. Beyond such design elements, the customer’s best interest must be profoundly considered. For, it is only upon the wearer’s long-term endearment of their strap, that the reputation of the strap-maker can be organically built. Rubber B believes you must value the customer, striving to provide them with a product that they will truly find impressive, then enjoy, and greatly appreciate. The VulChromatic® Series with dual-color chemistry was created by Rubber B’s Swiss factory with this exact purpose in mind.

Rubber B Watch Straps For The Rolex Sky-Dweller Luxury Items

This patented process takes place during the injection-mold stage, producing a wonderfully fused, dual-colored strap with limitless flexibility and conformity of two rubber masses, while they function as one permanent, seamless unit. This allows for full range of motion, twisting, and torsion without the need for superficial agents such as paints, glues, or bonding. For a very long time in the industry, multi-color straps could only be achieved with lesser-acclaimed or sub-par materials such as silicone. Vulcanized rubber has always (and still does) carried some limitations with regards to achieving the full color/tone spectrum, and it might never be possible to create as many color tones as can be realized with plastics and silicone. But, it is very exciting to now have the capability of producing luxurious, natural vulcanized rubber straps within the multi-color realm while opening the door to an array of possibilities.

Priced at $280 and available in four VulChromatic® color options (including double black), the current Rubber B for Sky-Dweller featured in this article is only compatible with models that come on a crocodile band. The strap is, of course designed to mount the customer’s own Rolex Oyster clasp (another Rubber B original concept from its 2010 launch).

Rubber B Watch Straps For The Rolex Sky-Dweller Luxury Items

For those of you who may have a Sky-Dweller on a stainless steel, gold, or two-tone Oyster bracelet, no need to worry - there is a new Rubber B strap for your model currently in production at the Swiss factory, and scheduled for release in Spring 2018. You can sign up here to be notified upon its arrival.

Rubber B Watch Straps For The Rolex Sky-Dweller Luxury Items

RubberB.com is the official brand website for e-commerce retail purchasing in the USA and abroad. The Sky-Dweller strap and all other models can be purchased directly online. Various photos of color combinations can be found on independent social media posts under #rubberb and at @RubberB_Official on Instagram. Most importantly, Rubber B wishes to thank their loyal customers for being a big part of a steady journey to bring exciting, innovative Swiss-made products to fruition. rubberb.com

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  • Phil leavell

    An entire blog on rubbers and where and how they’re made Simply Amazing. I don’t have one made a rubber. And I don’t think I’ve ever investigating finding out where my rubber was made . A long time ago I was told they did have serial numbers and I didn’t investigate that either. And I am more than certain but the next time I have one in my hand I will take the time two discuss this very matter with my friend as we look for it.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    The style of the strap doesn`t fit in any kind of way with the watch. It looks cheap an vulgar and makes the crown look worse than a Luminox. The price is insane for a rubber strap, good quality rubber straps are available for $50. Joke.

    • Ariel Adams

      Style preferences aside, it isn’t always the case that a good rubber strap can be found for $50 – especially here since these are specifically designed to match the contours of the particular watch case. Having had some really poor quality rubber straps, I can easily say that not all rubber straps are created equally. The style is up to taste but having seen these in person I can say that people shouldn’t knock them until they try them.

      • Sheez Gagoo

        Ok, I give you that, I should try them first, but I can`t believe they reinvented the rubber strap. Why should this one be better than another good quality rubber strap? And so expensive? Why is it so ugly? This would look better on an explorer than on an Airking. Why is it so ridiculously expensive? Here`s an alternative from a very reputable strap company named Hirsch (made in Austria, which isn`t a much less expensive countra than Switzerland) which fits Rollexi. I relly think this strap is no worse than te strap above, although it`s not half the price. But more expensive than $50.
        http://www.uhrenarmband-versand.de/Uhrenbandversand-p10402h1039s1201-Uhrenarmband-Lance-2.html

        • Ariel Adams

          There are various options for sure, but the little details are where things are different. As is the case in high-end items, you pay a 100% premium for 5% more refinement. The Hirsch strap for example doesn’t even look the same as this one. Rubber as a material for straps isn’t always the same formulation. People with cheap rubber straps know what happens to them after a few years. They can literally come apart – so it is in how they age which is another thing which separates rubber straps apart. Basically, people need to use a variety of rubber straps in order to determine for themselves how the nicer ones like those from Rubber B shine.

          • proudAmerican702

            This appears to be the same company that makes the rubber straps for CF Bucherer’s Scubatec. Can you confirm?

          • I’ll side with Ariel on this one. I’ve seen lots of “rubber” straps over the years, and none of them come close to the level of quality in materials and fit tolerances that Rubber B produces. I recently spend about this same amount of money on a replacement Panerai rubber strap, which is sadly not up to the level of quality inherent in the RB’s.

          • Word Merchant

            There is no excuse or explanation that allows the attaching of this ugly, monstrous horror to the Sky-Dweller. Would you put concrete boots on a thoroughbred horse? You would not.

        • Mountainous Man

          I’ve owned half a dozen Hirsch straps (3 of them rubber,) and the RubberB is a step or two above. If you’re spending Rolex money, the RubberB’s cost is insignificant.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Ok, I still don’t like it.

      • Word Merchant

        I can knock this strap without even seeing it. Don’t put a rubber strap on a frickin’ Sky-Dweller, people!

  • Simon_Hell

    It looks like a suit with sneakers.

  • Raymond Wilkie
    • Pete Pete

      I think I can see the VulChromatic®

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Yeah, it kinda sticks out like a sore thumb.

    • Phil leavell

      I believe he’s wearing a sundial with that

    • Mark1884

      Ray, you are scaring me.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        What i get up to at the weekend is my own business.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Oooops,……………………….sorry.

      • Word Merchant

        I just assumed it was a picture of Bremont’s famous Giles English, having been asked by Nick English to go and ‘investigate PVD for our next in-house watch’. Sadly misguided as usual, but he certainly seemed happy with what he found. Bless him! Posterity has not yet got around to recording Nick English’s response.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Is this the Rolex-rape month?

    • MeaCulpa

      Finally an awareness month I can get behind! The next instalment better be “The Pearlmaster, the best Rolex”

  • Word Merchant

    As a Sky-Dweller owner, I beg you, for the love of all that’s good in this world, not to put this horror on your watch. Doing so would be akin to painting a gimp mask over the Mona Lisa. Just don’t.

    • IG

      The Sky-Dweller looks like shite so the rubber doesn’t make it worse.

      • Word Merchant

        We will have to agree to differ…

      • Pete Pete

        the sky-dweller does indeed look like shite but the rubber still makes it worse

        • Word Merchant

          I might have to upvote myself if no-one agrees with me. I love the Sky-Dweller, it’s one hot watch.

          • DanW94

            It is a good looking watch. And even better now that they’ve replaced the Arabic and Roman numerals with the applied indices. The blue dial version is especially handsome.

          • Mark1884

            I like the Arabic numerals on the S-D.

          • DanW94

            Fair enough, different strokes….

          • Mark1884

            I would add: It is a nice watch with either.

          • Marius

            Just so that you know, I also like the Sky-Dweller. I like the fact that it uses a very interesting movement, and I also like its design.

            You have my seal of approval, and that’s the only thing that really matters. You should be proud of owning a watch that Marius likes.

          • Word Merchant

            Why, thank you.

          • Mark1884

            I am going out to buy one.

          • Word Merchant

            You won’t regret it.

      • Word Merchant

        See if you can borrow one from a friend with taste for an hour. You’ll change your mind…

        • IG

          I hate fluted bezels, cyclopses and ugly applied numerals, so I wouldn’t.

          • Word Merchant

            Go on…

  • Mark1884

    I don’t see how this fits a Sky-Dweller at all???
    The price is insane,

  • I’m not sure about the red sporty look in the band on a watch like the Sky Dweller

    • Hey btw for the price maybe we can add quick release pins?

  • Marius

    I have always disliked rubber straps on expensive watches. To me, rubber straps look cheap and vulgar. What I dislike even more are Rolexes (Rolexi) on a rubber strap.

    1. As Sheez Gagoo and the Word Merchant rightly argued, Rolex watches look best on a steel bracelet. Whether it’s a Jubilee, a President, or an Oyster doesn’t really matter. What matters is that, in my opinion at least, a Rolex belongs on a bracelet.

    2. Excepting the Cellini line, all Rolex watches come equipped with a high-quality and very durable steel bracelet. One could even argue that Rolex bracelets are among the best in the industry. So why buy a rubber strap? To protect what?

    3. In my opinion, rubber strap are somewhat “acceptable” only in the case when your watch uses a crocodile/alligator strap, and you live in a hot climate that could cause your strap to wear out very quickly. For instance, in the case of brands such as JLC, Patek, or Audemars Piguet — i.e. brands that I happen to humbly and discreetly own — a new strap costs upwards of €500. However, even in this case, using a rubber strap for your over €10,000 watch only shows that you are a cheap & vicious individual. That’s like buying an Aston Martin Vanquish and not removing the plastic covers from the leather seats.

    4. How on Earth can a rubber strap cost almost $300? I don’t care how much “quality engineering” went into this product; at the end of the day it’s just a ripp-off. For instance, Atelier du Bracelet Parisiene (one of the best strap makers in the industry) charges around €320 for an ALLIGATOR STRAP, handmade in France!

    • Pete Pete

      amen to that

    • Word Merchant

      Yes. Nothing more to add.

    • MeaCulpa

      You forgot 5. Using the original clasp on the rubber strap looks like crap!

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Wow ! a 4 pointer ! 🙂

    • BNABOD
    • Yan Fin

      Well, the price is justified, if it’s natural rubber. Or supernatural…

    • “That’s like buying an Aston Martin Vanquish and not removing the plastic covers from the leather seats.”

      Don’t you mean like buying the car and having clear plastic seat covers installed? (You may be too young to remember that common practice in the late 1950’s.)

  • BNABOD

    Don’t think I can beat Marius’ argument and i see no reason to refute the quality of the straps presented to us this sunny Aug 17 but 280 bucks is nuts. I am sure Rolex’s rubber version is also outrageous but at least u know going in you will get the shaft but third party caoutchout strap at close to 300 bucks when I thought Isofrane were already pricey is insulting .

  • Ulysses31

    The Sky-Dweller is already ugly enough, thank you. There’s something inherently disposable about plastic and rubber products that doesn’t suit the nature of Rolex, or any other high-quality watch.

    • Word Merchant

      To the 4 people who upvoted that “the Sky-Dweller is already ugly enough, thank you”, I say shame on you.

      • Ulysses31

        It has an ugly, offset ring smashed into its face. There’s no getting around that. When the ring is dial-coloured it’s a bit more palatable but still, it’s hard to ignore. The Rolex logo alone is not enough for me to ignore what is frankly a rare misstep for their design department.

        • Moonraker

          That’s funny, I was just about to ask about that. Is that 24 hour ring centered or a little off-center (from left to right)? I’m having trouble making that out.

          • Word Merchant

            It’s perfect.

          • Moonraker

            OK. Settled.

  • Moonraker

    $280? Everest/Monta can do it for just $265!
    “In the past, Rolex had only produced a limited number of gem-set Datejust watches that came with their own fashionable rubber strap with inlaid diamonds,…”
    Oh, I just had to look that up. The Zebra! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/12e6fd862709df05411c4e96a43a0d7934bab3185429d025989e5b00b53b9adf.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5b99cd28482eed4726408b74c944dde0a64210613affd28c31781c2e840a0d32.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a8ec0e17fb3b9aa14b52dc65c4657c18a01e1b03b369edd4e2407ceb0010f922.jpg

    • Mikita

      Now I feel hostiled and unwelcomed

      • Word Merchant

        Triggered!

    • Word Merchant

      Class with a capital C. Not for the likes of you and I, but someone like Grace Jones would wear this well.

    • Mountainous Man

      Having owned both Everest and RubberB, I’d spend the extra on the RubberB.

      • Chemistman

        Yes. Everest straps quality is low. When I got mine for the sub it had a loose piece of rubber hanging out on the end. Never again

  • Word Merchant

    Dear ABTW, please withdraw this article. It offends me. Thank-you.

    • Mark1884

      Do you feel it creates a “hostile or unwelcoming environment”??

      • Word Merchant

        I do. It triggers me and I no longer feel like I am in a safe space.

        • Larry Holmack

          I’ll send you some coloring books and crayons to keep you occupied in your safe place.

          • Word Merchant

            Send me a picture of a doll and I’ll mark on it where this article touched me.

          • Moonraker

            And a declawed baby rabbit.

  • SuperStrapper
  • Ross Diljohn

    Sky dweller on rubber. Jesus wept.

  • Mikita

    300 bucks for a piece of resin. I got my hand made bespoke alligator strap with WR lining for 250$. Just saying.

    • Yan Fin

      It’s not resin! It’s natural Swiss made rubber! And your alligator probably never even visited Switzerland! How can you even compare?!?

    • Word Merchant

      Yes, sure, but was your strap produced “earnestly”? I thought not.

  • Esteban

    I’m sure it took a lot of courage, but less courage than when Apple did the thing that really took courage.

    (These are actually good looking!)

  • Yanko

    This ugly watch calls for a cardboard one!!!

  • Word Merchant

    Just to summarise where we are with this:

    1. These straps “earnestly” do not look good on a Sly-Dweller, which is completely a bracelet watch.
    2. Rolex make fantastic bracelets – durable, comfortable, good looking, adjustable. The days or rattly hollow links are well and truly over (except Seiko). So why would you want to change anyway.
    3. The Sky-Dweller is fantastic, whatever version you choose. If you disagree with me, then, with apologies for being so blunt, you are simply wrong. This is fact, not opinion. Even if for some strange reason (perhaps you were dropped on your head as a baby), you struggle with the aesthetics, the movement is very interesting and the command ring bezel is the work of a genius. Silky smooth and totally functional.

    I am happy for the comments on this article to be closed now.

    Sources:
    Point 1 – SuperStrapper, pretty much everyone else really, including author.
    Point 2 – Marius.
    Point 3 – Marius, author’s own.

    • Pete Pete

      the sky-dweller is a watch only a mother could love. but those sky-dweller moms sure do defend their ugly little dwellers quite ferociously. well, no force in nature is stronger than mother’s love, so we might all have to take a step back – for our own safety.

      • Word Merchant

        I’m wearing mine now, and I’ve fallen in love with my wrist again. As it were.

    • Mountainous Man

      I’d rather have a RubberB strap than the monstrous Sky-Dweller.

      • Word Merchant

        No you wouldn’t.

  • Moonraker

    Swiss made rubber, eh? I don’t need the full-on Swiss treatment for rubber too. I’m OK with my rubbers being made in Lesotho or Sri Lanka or Elleore or Tuckfardia or wherever.

    • Phil leavell

      At my age I’m just happy to get the chance to wear A rubber or a B rubber. I mean I’ve always liked the feel of leather my wife told me sometimes you have to experience new things. And I’m sure the feel of a good strap would be pleasurable be it in rubber or leather

      • Moonraker

        I didn’t need to know all that but I’ll tell you what, Phil. If your wife wants to experience something new, tell her to give me a call. Hey-O! I’m gonna box 6 you out, Phil! 🙂

        • Phil leavell

          How to fix type O last line

          • Moonraker

            Philo deScato?

      • Word Merchant

        my wife told me sometimes you have to experience new things…

        She actually told you that sometimes, she has to experience new things… She’ll be back on Monday. No questions, please. Trust is a central tenet of any marriage.

  • William McKinley Ryan

    Not a fan of the SD. I’m a GMT and YM man myself. But IMO, that strap makes a homely watch look a bit more racy. I like it.

    • Word Merchant

      Hi, I’ve analysed your post and it is reproduced below. The parts in italics are semi-acceptable; the underlined parts are fine; the parts in bold-italics need some serious rethinking:

      Not a fan of the SD. I’m a GMT and YM man myself. But IMO, that strap makes a homely watch look a bit more racy. I like it.

  • dennis

    As a diver rubber straps only belong on dive watches as long as you dive with them only.

  • Shinytoys

    I’ll bet it’s comfortable…the jury is still out on the aesthetics…

  • Mike Darwin Brown

    Nice look!

  • I understand there are different qualities of rubber — but Breitling charges €50 for the strap replacement of the ocean racer (sans clasp of course) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1c07fbc4ae38904c6e0523cdd178f63275273f08bc012145ca5e99d9e60c086a.jpg

    • Moonraker

      Imagine if they didn’t have the big holes, it might be 70 or 80 euros.

      • They are probably selling rubber plugs for about 50 a pop so it makes good business sense! “Make your rubber strap more water resistant” and such!