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    Hi all,

    Looking for some sensibly priced (sub £100 if possible) straps for the bi-metal subs (I have both a new and old series). What's out there that's worth looking at? This is just to avoid scratching up the originals and help with day to day wear.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks, Tim

  • #2
    Heard good things about Cousins rubber strap for Rolex. Supposed to be a RubberB/Everest alike for a 10th of the price.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by pandadan View Post
      Heard good things about Cousins rubber strap for Rolex. Supposed to be a RubberB/Everest alike for a 10th of the price.
      Ditto on that in concept anyway; high quality rubber is the only strap I'd consider for a TT Sub. Hides would be too fancy, NATOs/kevlars too downscale. Have toyed with getting the Everest blue on several occasions for mine; I like how they integrate into the case (without end links) and allow you to retain the clasp.

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      • #4
        May I suggest that you just use the bracelet Rolex thought best for the watch in question. They are strong, hard wearing and will not break even under extreme use. Furthermore they will polish up to as new condition every 5 years or so and look great.

        Lesser models, especially at the budget end of the market may seem good but what if the quality of manufacture is not quite as good and the strap should break at the springbar end??? If you are lucky you will see it falling to the ground, but if you are unlucky...........how much would you then spend on future bracelets/straps.

        I say this as one who, over 35 years ago, lost a watch rafting in a river. In many ways the strap/bracelet is perhaps the most important part of a watch, especially a high priced model.


        Rolexroz

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        • #5
          I had my DJ on this leather strap for awhile.





          But it didn't stay on very long....



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          • #6
            I prefer the DJ on the steel bracelet personally. I haven't quite adjusted the mind to accept rubber as an acceptable substance for wrapping around a wrist, and slapping a leather strap on a sports model (and the DJ is still a sort of sports model), is to my mind somewhat similar.

            Oddly enough I have no problem with putting certain Rollies on a NATO, but they were designed to be used with one...................

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Rolexroz View Post
              May I suggest that you just use the bracelet Rolex thought best for the watch in question. They are strong, hard wearing and will not break even under extreme use. Furthermore they will polish up to as new condition every 5 years or so and look great.

              Lesser models, especially at the budget end of the market may seem good but what if the quality of manufacture is not quite as good and the strap should break at the springbar end??? If you are lucky you will see it falling to the ground, but if you are unlucky...........how much would you then spend on future bracelets/straps.
              I couldn't agree more.

              As someone who's had a TT Sub for 25 years of extremely hard use, it still looks great and garners compliments.
              The bi-metal strap is IMO the standout design feature of this watch.

              However, when you sent me that PM () you also sent me pics of your car:



              ...and you and the missus on your favourite sofa...



              ....so I guess you really like to keep things looking new...

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              • #8
                Now that was funny Harb!

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                • #9
                  Got it! That's an old Merc!

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                  • #10
                    Who else keeps the plastics on their new watches for as long as possible i.e. until they drop off?

                    Or do you approach it like Christmas and rip all the plastics off immediately?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by bfltd0 View Post
                      Who else keeps the plastics on their new watches for as long as possible i.e. until they drop off?

                      Or do you approach it like Christmas and rip all the plastics off immediately?
                      I remove all the plastics immediately.
                      That said, I was once surprised to find a piece I'd missed a year after purchase...!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by harb View Post
                        I remove all the plastics immediately.
                        That said, I was once surprised to find a piece I'd missed a year after purchase...!

                        Ah, so many watches, so little time!

                        How is the Patek coming along?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bfltd0 View Post
                          How is the Patek coming along?
                          Dunno! No notification yet from the AD.

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                          • #14
                            Caramba! I thought they would have sent the completed watch back by now!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by harb View Post
                              I remove all the plastics immediately.
                              That said, I was once surprised to find a piece I'd missed a year after purchase...!
                              I had a similar experience after mine had been serviced. I thought I'd taken off all the plastic, only to find a piece some weeks later.

                              Mind you, my eldest son is currently gloating, as he noticed protective plastic film on the kitchen units that I hadn't spotted. In fact, we'd even had an argument over whether there was anything there, or not, with me saying that the units just came with a white panel, as it was on the inside edge, only to be made to eat humble pie when I found that there was indeed a protective film and that both panels were the same colour. D'oh! Needless to say, my 16yr old has been gloating about it ever since.

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