Get a Grip with these 7 Rubber Strap Watches1:01 pm
A great luxury watch collection is never complete without a smart rubber strap watch. These timepieces carry exceptional style, a high level of dependability and are ready to wear for all occasions. Compared to conventional materials like steel and leather, the rubber strap is lightweight, more comfortable, highly water resistant, rugged, secure and durable. The strap allows the skin to breathe and protects it from allergies. Rubber strap watches are the best option for divers, sports enthusiasts and adventure seekers where water, sweat and grime cause corrosion. Rubber repels water, making it practical for water sports and hot and humid climates. These straps do not stain easily and with a little maintenance, become quite long-lasting. Here we review some exceptional rubber strap watches for their superlative style, durability and resilience.
The Breguet Marine Royale – The Jewel of the Sea
One of the most magnificent rubber strap watches ever made, the Breguet Marine Royale Ref.5847BRZ25ZV is a watch for those who desire unmatched luxury with a spirit of adventure. The unique timepiece features an automatic calibre 519R movement with alarm, power reserve and date functions.
The massive 18K fluted 45mm rose gold case and solid turning bezel with diver markings, is complemented by a beautiful security wave shaped ratchet between the two crowns and a push-piece alarm on/off button at the other end, again, crafted in the shape of a wave, with rubber casing and fluting. The beautiful black dial features an engine wave “guilloche” pattern, applied Roman numerals with the iconic Breguet hands. The automatic calibre 519R movement beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour with 36 jewels and provides a power reserve of 45 hours when fully wound.
The Breguet timepiece is waterproof to a depth of 300m and is fitted with a nice and thick rubber strap that features a pyramidal square pattern on the outside and a wave pattern on the inside that has the words ‘Marine Royale’ in blue. A double-folding clasp with an adjustable pin buckle in rose gold, along with two rose gold fasteners shaped as waves make this bold luxury timepiece sit comfortably on the wrist in all situations.
Jaquet Droz Grande Seconde SW Acier – The Limited Masterpiece
Pierre Jaquet Droz, the founder of the brand was a mechanical genius and a pioneer in the art of the Haute Horlogerie jewellery watch. The brand Jaquet Droz is still inspired by his extraordinary horological masterpieces, his exceptional automatons which include the androids entitled “The Lady Musician”, “The Writer”, “The Draughtsman” and his quest for innovation, progress and excellence. In the present day Montres Jaquet Droz SA operates in the Haute Horlogerie segment, and excels in the art of one-off and limited-edition items. Creating custom dial designs to meet its enthusiastic clients’ requirements is one of Jaquet Droz’s biggest strengths. The brand’s character and refinement mark out a very special place for it in the world of prestige and luxury watchmaking.
A stylish remake of the brand’s iconic model, the Grande Seconde SW Acier watch explores a design that is a subtle mix of sportiness and modernity. The bold 45mm polished stainless steel case with a black polished ceramic bezel surrounds a shiny varnished main dial with recessed time and grand seconds sub-dials. The time sub-dial features painted Roman Numerals except for the numbers 5,6 and 7 which are blue coloured luminous Arabic Numerals. The brushed and polished rhodium plated flange around the sub-dials and the brushed plates applied to the dial with polished rivets provide a nice contrast and balance.
The Grande Seconde Acier has polished steel hands with blue luminous tips and a Jaquet Droz Caliber 2663A-S movement that beats at 28,800 vibrations per hour and contains 30 jewels with a 68 hour power reserve. A horological masterpiece with a beautiful and smart black rubber strap.
IWC Aquatimer Automatic 2000 – Deep Sea Diver’s Watch
Since 1868 IWC Schaffhausen has been creating masterpieces that combine precision engineering with exclusive design. An innovative approach to engineering, design and the art of making beautiful watches is the DNA of the brand.
Engineered for professional divers since 1967, the IWC Aquatimer collection is a symbol of ruggedness and suitability for everyday use. The 2014 IWC Aquatimer collection is inspired by the Galapagos Islands, located 1000 kilometres from the Southern American mainland, these islands are one of the last natural paradises on earth. Forty percent of the fauna living in this archipelago can only be found here.
With an exceptional 2000m water resistance and a robust titanium case, the IWC Aquatimer 2000 is a watch for professional and ambitious amateur divers. The series was introduced in 1982 as a watch for mine clearance divers and has since then become a collector’s favourite. The 46mm case, the black dial with luminova take legibility to the next level. The movement, an IWC manufactured 80110 calibre mechanical self winding engine with a 44 hour power reserve, performs under extreme conditions. The chunky external rotating bezel can be adjusted easily even while wearing gloves and has a SafeDive system which allows the internal bezel markings to only rotate when the external bezel is rotated anti-clockwise, guaranteeing the safety of the diver.
The rugged rubber strap can be worn over the neoprene suit or a dry suit. As a mark of the IWC Aquatimer 2000 heritage, the caseback is engraved with the classic diving helmet worn by deep-sea divers.
Breitling Superocean Heritage 46 – High Precision Diver’s Tool
Since 1884, Breitling has played a critical role in the development of the wrist chronograph and is a leader in the complication. A specialist of technical watches, Breitling is the preferred choice of Aviation Professionals around the world. Breitling is also the world’s only major watch brand to equip all its models with chronometer certified movements, the ultimate symbol of precision. The sturdy, reliable and high performance instruments are fitted with Breitling’s own mechanical chronograph movements entirely developed in-house. The family owned brand is one of the last remaining independent Swiss watch brands.
The mighty 46mm stainless steel case of the Breitling Superocean Heritage 46 with cambered sapphire crystal anti-reflective on both sides protects the self-winding mechanical Breitling calibre 17 movement, and has a 40 hours power reserve. The unidirectional ratcheted bezel matches the stunning black dial with Super Luminova markings and large hands.
Water resistant to a depth of 200m, equipped with a perforated sporty rubber strap and clasp with divers extensions, the Breitling Super Ocean Heritage 46 is truly meant for the high seas.
Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Automatic Titanio – A Classic Reinvented
The Panerai Luminor made its debut in the year 1950 towards the end of the 2nd World War. Officine Panerai drew inspiration from it’s 1949 patented substance “Luminor” a Tritium based compound that had excellent self-illumination properties. The Luminor watch was born and with time the collection got known for its minimalist design, water resistance, highly legible dial and bold case. A standard equipment with the Royal Italian Navy, the watches were meant to perform while diving in dark murky waters.
The modern Panerai Luminor 1950 Titanio Ref.PAM00305 carries forward the legacy of the famous Luminor collection with the same iconic features – the 47mm diameter case, the unique crown protecting system, the reinforced lugs, and the distinctive minimalist design. New features include a brushed titanium case with a transparent case back and a rugged all weather rubber strap with a large-size brushed titanium buckle. Both materials reduce the weight of the watch but do not compromise on the performance. The Rubber strap being most suited for the oceanic world, fits perfectly with the heritage of Panerai.
The Panerai Luminor 1950 Titanio model features an automatic mechanical Panerai P.9000 calibre anti shock movement with power reserve for 3 days. There is a subsidiary seconds dial at the 9’o’clock position and date window at the 3’o’clock position with SuperLuminova on the hour markers and hands. The brushed Titanium anti-clockwise unidirectional rotating bezel, 4mm thick anti-reflective sapphire crystal and a 300m water resistance make it most suitable for diving.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean – The GoodPlanet Edition
The legendary Omega Seamaster range was first introduced in 1948 as the reliable and tough watch for sailors and divers. Over the years, watch connoisseurs have seen many new versions of the iconic Omega Seamaster collection, each with its own style and panache. As a tribute to the rewarding partnership between Omega and the GoodPlanet Foundation, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M GoodPlanet combines innovation in watchmaking with a firm commitment to environment conservation. The brand supports funding of the preservation efforts in the oceans of Southeast Asia.
The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean features a robust 44mm stainless steel case, a blue dial with applied indexes, a bright orange GMT hand to track a second time zone, and a polished blue ceramic bi-directional rotating bezel with bright orange GMT scale. The watch is fitted with the Omega Co-Axial calibre 8605 and has a 60 hour power reserve.
The watch is water resistant upto 600m and has a helium escape valve which makes it perfect for deep sea diving.The beautiful blue rubber strap reflects the marine heritage of The Omega Seamaster.
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Automatic Chronograph – The Race Watch
A luxury sports watch brand from the house of LVMH, TAG Heuer has always made high precision timepieces with sleek aesthetics. Drawing an inspiration from the McLaren Formula 1 team, the TAG Heuer Formula 1 collection is a true symbol of superior crafting and technological skills.
The TAG Heuer Formula 1 Automatic Chronograph Calibre 16 Ref.CAZ2011.FT8024 is the ultimate racing chronograph. An impressive 44mm brushed black titanium carbide coated steel case and bezel with tachymeter scale, houses a powerful Calibre 16 movement with a 42 hour power reserve. Under the anti-reflective sapphire glass is a black dial with polished hand-applied indexes with luminescent markers and a chronograph complication. An eye-catching rubber strap and water resistance of 200m make this timepiece exceptionally suitable for all occasions.
By Pranav Karol
Features Writer, The Watch Guide
A watch enthusiast who is very passionate about performance watches. A keen observer of the horological world and its latest developments.