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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.

 

Breaking: Black Friday Extended?

Now that the annual Black Friday madness is behind us, shops and businesses can go back to their regular schedule. For brick and mortar stores, this year’s Black Friday was different than other years. No hour long queues , no one pushing to get in first or no fistfights over a plasma TV.

If you have been following the Timepiece Bank socials closely, you might have noticed that we offered some huge discounts on some amazing watches, with discounts up to 70%!

 

black friday extended

‘Why are you telling me this now, Black Friday was last week, wasn’t it?’

You are right, Black Friday was indeed last week. But don’t panic, we aren’t planning to back down with our great actions! We will keep offering great watches at amazing discount prices.

When was the last time you have seen Breitlings, Chopards, Montblancs and Zeniths for over 50% off?

Aren’t these brands your cup of tea? Maybe an Omega, Panerai or Bell & Ross can change your mind?

Let’s shine a light on some unusual finds

Luminor 8 Days Set

The Panerai Luminor 8 Days Set, with only 500 examples made, contains not one but two watches! The box has contains a Luminor Black Seal Left-Handed 8 Days and a The Luminor Daylight 8 Days.

Black dial versus white dial, black DLC case versus stainless steel case, left crown versus right crown… this extraordinary box contains a complete watch collection while carrying just two watches. This limited edition box is available for 43% off! Hurry up, because once it’s gone, it’s gone!

Graham Silverstone Tourbillograph

The tourbillon complication is usually seen as one of the most exclusive and impressive complications out there. It’s not something your wear with jeans and sneakers. Or is it?

Graham Silverstone Tourbillograph has a tourbillon, but got rid of the ‘old man in a suit’ image. The watch has a black PVD coated case with a black crocodile leather strap. The black case and chronograph give it a sporty and mysterious look, while still showing the beating tourbillon. You can find this watch below with 63% off.

Chopard Classiques

How about something for the ladies? The 2019 Chopard Classiques is an elegant block of gold around the wrist. For the men reading this: your wife doesn’t have to know that you saved 64% on this watch. We can keep this between us.

Green Is The New Blue

Whether you love them or hate them, green watches are hot. Surprisingly, this hasn’t always been the case. Today, many brands try to experiment with the color green in their own way. Just a few years ago, green watches were as uncommon as red, orange or purple watches are today. They were more seen as a gimmick than as a watch to wear on a daily basis.

 

green is the new blue

Today, we are going to see which watches had a great influence in making the color green mainstream in watchmaking.

Rolex Submariner LV

Since the release of the new updated 2020 green Submariner, the green Submariner has had 3 big variations: 16610LV (known as the Kermit, made from 2003 until 2010), 116610LV, (known as the Hulk, made from 2010 until 2020), and the latest 126610LV (known as the Starbucks, released in 2020 and still in production). Every model has of course their own variations, but it’s easy to consider these 3 as different models.

The 16610LV ‘Kermit’ was released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Submariner in 2003. Even though the latest 126610LV is the only model that is still in production, all three reference numbers are very popular today and highly sought after.

Rolex Daytona 116508 ‘John Mayer’

Another Rolex that has played a huge roll in the mainstream popularity of the color green is the 116508 Daytona, known as the ‘John Mayer’ Daytona.

The watch was released in 2016, together with the stainless steel 116500LN Daytona’s. These steel Daytona’s were such an immense success that they stole all the attention. Meanwhile, models like the yellow gold case with green dial 116508 and white gold case with blue dial 116509 were completely overshadowed. It was until John Mayer claimed in a Hodinkee video in 2019 that he believed that these watches were underrated and that they could be ‘the next big thing’. A few days after the release of the video, the watch became unavailable at retailers and the value of the watch instantly shot up.

Rolex often uses green with their ‘celebrational’ models, where a green dial or bezel is added to an existing model. Think of the 117618LN GMT Master 2 green dial, the olive green Day-Date 40 and the above mentioned 16610LV Kermit.

Panerai

Panerai is a brand that definitely shouldn’t go unmentioned.

The Panerai Luminor with bronze case and green dial, aka the ‘Bronzo’ was a huge hit when it was released. When people were accusing Panerai that ‘all their watches looked the same’ they responded with the bombshell that was the Bronzo.

A fully bronze Luminor case with a green dial was the right way to refresh their image. Today, bronze is commonly used material in watchmaking, but in 2010, a bronze case was a fairly ‘new’ thing, and green dials were just as rarely seen on sports watches.

10 years later, Panerai offers a large variety of bronze Luminors, as well as a beautiful selection of olive-dial Radiomirs.

IWC

IWC has had a few home runs while experimenting with green as well.

IWC doesn’t focus on one certain model or one particular shade of green, but they try to experiment and try different variations.

A few examples: the Spitfire IW326802 and Spitfire dual time zone IW327101 have a bronze case and matte khaki green dial. This gives it a very casual and sporty look. The Pilot Chronograph IW377726 on the other hand has a completely different vibe. The watch has been given a steek case and a ‘Racing Green’ sunburst dial with the classic chronograph layout. This gives it more of a classy, race style vibe.

Panerai

The rebirth of Panerai
Officine Panerai joined the Richemont Group in 1997. Since then, it has performed an extraordinary transformation: from a niche brand for insiders to a lifestyle phenomenon. The company was established in 1860 by Giovanni Panerai and provided precision instruments to the Italian navy. In the 1930s, Florentine engineers developed a series of waterproof wristwatches that could be worn by special forces under particularly extreme and risky conditions. In 1997 the company was led by Angelo Bonati and produced a collection of oversized wristwatches, both in style and technics based on historical models. In 2002, Panerai opened a factory in Neuchâtel and in 2005 they began producing their own watches. In 2009, Panerai's new 'small' manufacturing watches came out. The idea behind it was to begin the competition with the few basic watches available a few years ago.
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The new beginning
In 2014, a new factory was built in Neuchâtel where development, production, assembly and quality control took place under one roof. In parallel with the consolidation, the brand had been working on a gradual expansion of its portfolio with new calibers. And an automatic chronograph with flyback function was released early. This was followed by a new caliber with an eight-day travel reserve and manual excitement in 2013, two features we know of the brand since it once received its first orders from the Italian Navy. In 2016, the company decided to invest in ‘case innovation’. The most spoken product of Panerai at SIHH in Geneva was the ‘Lo Scienzato’ Luminor 1950 Tourbillon made of titanium, a big watch with a striking industrial appearance. In order to keep the weight low, the brand's engineers used 3D printing, the only way to make a hollow case of titanium.

Take a look at our selection of Panerai watches below.