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5 Watches with rubber straps to kick off the summer

With spring starting, we can already start daydreaming about summer. Short sleeves, swimming trunks, and steel bracelets that suddenly feel way too tight on the wrist.

High temperatures can make your wrist swell, so your trusted steel bracelet suddenly feels like a tight handcuff chocking your wrist. Swapping to leather might not be the best idea, since sweat and sunscreen can stain your leather. A Nato-strap sounds like a good alternative, but not every watch looks as good on a Nato.

How can we solve this life threatening first world problem? Rubber!

Today, we are going to look at 5 summer watches with rubber straps you should look into.



Omega Speedmaster 300M Rubber Strap

Bell & Ross BR05

The BR05 is one of the latest and biggest releases Bell and Ross has released in the last few years.

Even though it’s a relatively new model (introduced in 2019), the design team of Bell and Ross hasn’t sat on their hands so far. The BR05 line already has an impressive collection of watches. The integrated rubber strap is why this watch deserves a place on the list.

You get to pick between time only or chronograph, skeletonized or regular dial, steel bracelet or rubber strap, and a range of colors and case materials.

The BR05 brings impressive new elements to the table, while still carrying strong Bell and Ross DNA.


Omega Seamaster 300M

The Omega Seamaster 300M might be one of the most versatile watches on this list. Not because of its functions (it only features time and date), but because of the looks. While rubber mostly looks very sporty and casual, this curved rubber strap gives the Seamaster a very classy vibe. Don’t believe me? James Bond wears this Seamaster 300M on a rubber strap while sporting a tuxedo.


Panerai Submersible

The Panerai Submersible is a fascinating watch. It’s a rugged sports watch without compromising the strong Panerai DNA. It’s without a doubt the sportiest watch on this list. Over the years, Panerai has released dozens of variations, all with different dials and interesting case materials. Submersibles also always come with the classic Panerai rubber strap, that’s why they deserve their place on this list.


Hublot Big Bang

Hublot, you either love them or hate them. The Big Bang might not be the classiest watch to wear under a suit, but it’s not impossible either. The Big Bang is definitely a great summer watch if you want to get noticed.

Up to last year, you could only get Big Bangs on rubber straps. Quite a ballsy move from Hublot to only offer their key model on an integrated rubber strap. This is exactly why Hublot deserves its place on the list.


Breitling Chronomat GMT

The Breitling Chronomat GMT proves to be an excellent holiday companion.

The Chronomat has 200m water resistance and a rubber strap, making it the perfect companion to sip cold brewski’s by the pool. The GMT comes in handy if you want to check the time at home, so you can mock your friends who aren’t on holiday and send them annoying pictures of you with a cold beverage or your feet in the sand. Always fun to do, never fun to receive.


Vintage inspired watches – Reissues are trending

Vintage inspired watches are hot. The prices of vintage watches are rising quickly, and most brands want to jump on the hype. Sadly, most vintage inspired watches look nothing like their grandfathers. Today, we are going to focus on 3 popular, modern watches that were inspired on vintage.


vintage inspired watches

Tudor Black Bay 58

The Black Bay 58 was a huge hit at Baselworld 2018. The release was a bit overshadowed by the release of the Tudor Pepsi, but it still was a big win.  The 58 is based on Tudor Submariners from the fifties. this can be seen in the smaller case, the gild dial and the rivet bracelet.

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Breitling Navitimer 806

The Breitling navitimer reissue based on the 806 was just released this year at Baselworld. Brietling did their best to make it look as much as possible like the original, and it worked!

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Omega Trilogy collection

This collection was introduced at Baselworld 2018, and was sold out in a hartbeat. It features three watches: a ... Seamaster, Railmaster and Speedmaster  All 3 models were based on their ‘parents’ from 1957

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The Breitling Navitimer

The Breitling Navitimer
Breitling is a watch brand dedicated to pilots. The Breitling Navitimer is probably their most iconic model ever made. This epic aviator watch has a chronograph with an integrated flight computer. As Breitling made this model for pilots it is even used as official equipment by many Air Forces. This little piece of technical art is also worn by famous actor John Travolta as he owns a Boeing 707 and a Bombardier Challenger 601.

The Breitling Navitimer

The birth of the Navitimer
The Navitimer is a perfect evolution of the Chronomat which was produced for the first time in 1942. The Chronomat had a typical slide rule bezel and it was optimized so they could use it in the Navitimer. This world-famous bezel  is used for what it’s made for, calculating complicated operations without the use of any other tool. Because of this sophisticated bezel, pilots could make calculations when planning a flight like airspeed, rate/time of climb/descent, flight time, distance and fuel consumption.

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Aviation History
In 1884, Léon Breitling opened his workshop in St. Imier in the Jura Mountains. He specialized in integrated chronographs from the very beginning. His business strategy was a consistent focus on instrument watches with striking design. High quality standards and the rise of aviation perfected the image. Today, Breitling's relationship with air sports, commercial aviation and military aviation has an extreme important place in the brand's identity. The company holds a series of aviation days, has its own team of stunt flyers and sponsors various aviation associations. The revelations of its own modern chronograph in Basel 2009, was an important milestone in the company's history. The new design had to be '100 percent Breitling' and manufactured industrially in large numbers at reasonable cost. Although Breitling's production facilities in Grenchen and La Chaux-de-Fonds were both equipped with the latest manufacturing technologies, the contract for the new chronograph was abstracted by a small team in Geneva.


Breitling Calibers
By 2006, the brand’s new caliber B01 passed the tests of the COSC with flying colors, after which it began its victory march. One of the greatest achievements of the team of designers was the innovative centering system on the reset mechanism, which requires no manual adjustment. Since then, the caliber produced by Breitling itself has been further developed. There is now the B04 with a second time zone, the B05 with world time and the B06 with a 30 second chronograph indication for the Breitling for Bentley series. Also, the year 1915 was important for the brand and for watchmaker art in general: Breitling unveiled a wristchronograph with a separate push button at 2 hours instead of integrating it in the crown. The Transocean Chronograph 1915 was just in time for a centenary. It comes in a limited edition, equipped with a manual-worn chronograph caliber B14.

Breitling Navitimer - A True Icon in the History of Breitling

The Breitling ‘Navitimer’ is the most legendary model among the aviator watches. It’s the combination of ‘navigation’ and ‘timer’ – and the evolution of the 1942 ‘Chronomat’.

Breitling Navitimer

Breitling decided to improve the ‘Chronomat’-bezel and so the ‘Navitimer’ was born. Already 65 years old, this watch is still one of the best selling watches of all Breitling models. This piece of mechanical art has a chronograph with an integrated flight computer and that’s why it became popular among the pilots. Many Air Forces use this Breitling model as a regular equipment because of it’s ability to make calculations for the flight plan.

The watch has a scale with the 3 most important units for pilots:

  • ‘STAT’ for standard mileage 
  • KM for kilometres 
  • NAUT for nautical miles 

This allows the pilots to calculate fuel consumption, average speeds or climbing speeds. The ‘Navitimer’ has even famous wearers like John Travolta. As a veteran pilot, owning two planes including a Boeing 707, he definitely needed a Navitimer.