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Old 10 August 2007, 04:24 AM   #1
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Rolex on straps?

Hey guys Im a rolex and watch newbie in general and I had a question for you all. How come I barely ever see rolexes on leather straps or any other material like rubber or anything else. I like leather straps much more than metal bracelets and I was wondering how come nobody has their rolexes on leather straps. I think a sub or a gmt would look nice with a leather band. Is a rolex and a leather strap (or any other strap) like an oxymoron or a big no-no? Ive seen a few of the gold daytonas on leather and I think it looks great. Does rolex even sell leather bands to put on subs or gmts? Thanks in advance and please excuse my ignorance.
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Old 10 August 2007, 04:30 AM   #2
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Old 10 August 2007, 04:44 AM   #3
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Old 10 August 2007, 06:16 AM   #4
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Welcome to TRF, Sargeinaz

Straps on Rolex are a nice change from the traditional looks, I suppose. I do like the looks of it, but I for my part would rather have a metal bracelet on my Rolex, be it SS (or SS/YG or YG if I had a Rolex to match it), the reason being that I do not like the way leather becomes sticky in hot weather when you perspire.

But it is always a matter of personal preference
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Old 10 August 2007, 06:22 AM   #5
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Hey guys Im a rolex and watch newbie in general and I had a question for you all. How come I barely ever see rolexes on leather straps or any other material like rubber or anything else. I like leather straps much more than metal bracelets and I was wondering how come nobody has their rolexes on leather straps. I think a sub or a gmt would look nice with a leather band. Is a rolex and a leather strap (or any other strap) like an oxymoron or a big no-no? Ive seen a few of the gold daytonas on leather and I think it looks great. Does rolex even sell leather bands to put on subs or gmts? Thanks in advance and please excuse my ignorance.
I think a Rolex on a strap is the traditional Rolex look. I love my 116518.

I also tried on a new YG DateJust/white dial on a tan croc strap at a dealer in the US recently, and it was absolutely beautiful and comfortable.
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Old 10 August 2007, 07:45 AM   #6
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Old 10 August 2007, 09:19 AM   #7
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I've had Subs for 16 years. About a year ago I put one of them on a Croc. strap. It looked great. But after 16 years of not worrying about getting it wet, I kept hopping into the shower or pool with it on. I decided to put the bracelet back on and never worry about getting it wet.
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Old 10 August 2007, 10:10 AM   #8
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I kinda like the SD with the calf leather...
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Old 10 August 2007, 08:31 PM   #9
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DJ 16014 on dark brown leather

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Old 10 August 2007, 08:58 PM   #10
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Another SD on strap with a bit of red.
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Old 10 August 2007, 09:33 PM   #11
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Another SD on strap with a bit of red.
wow, that's a crisp looking pic of your SD. I like it!
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Old 18 December 2009, 02:45 AM   #12
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I have a GMT Master 2 and am curious how thick I should order one. is it 30mm? Also, does anyone have a GMT with a Leather band?
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Old 18 December 2009, 02:54 AM   #13
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I have a GMT Master 2 and am curious how thick I should order one. is it 30mm? Also, does anyone have a GMT with a Leather band?
Sure do. The lugs are 20mm.
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Old 18 December 2009, 02:56 AM   #14
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Sure do. The lugs are 20mm.
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Where did you get those straps? I want to order some. Thanks.
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Old 18 December 2009, 03:01 AM   #15
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I'd love to throw my sub on a strap. Any good suggestions on style? Don't know why but its something I'd like to wear on a lazy Sunday. lol.
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Old 18 December 2009, 03:05 AM   #16
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Where did you get those straps? I want to order some. Thanks.
Here ya' go, Jeff.http://www.internationalwatchman.com/home.html

Inexpensive, substantial, and extremely comfortable.
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Old 18 December 2009, 03:06 AM   #17
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I think a Rolex on a strap is the traditional Rolex look. I love my 116518.

I also tried on a new YG DateJust/white dial on a tan croc strap at a dealer in the US recently, and it was absolutely beautiful and comfortable.
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That's a real stunner! The end pieces really complete the package.
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Old 18 December 2009, 03:07 AM   #18
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Old 18 December 2009, 05:27 AM   #19
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Black dial DJ on black leather.



And brown leather.

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Old 18 December 2009, 05:49 AM   #20
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This is the main reason it is hard for me to only own Rolex sport watches, no real strap options for sport models.

When you look at watches like IWC for example, they are way ahead of the game when it comes to options. The new Aquatimers actually have a little lever that you can press with your thumb to release the bracelet form the lugs, it is fantastic. Then you can easily swap out the bracelet for a rubber strap. The only bummer is that you have to use genuine IWC straps, unlike Panerai were the sky is the limit. IWC's quick change strap system would be fantastic on Rolex sport models, I wish they would offer something like that. You really need to go to your local IWC dealer and check it out, you will be amazed.

I have done the nylon thing with my Rolex watches, and I do like the extra comfort. These days I buy other brands if I want strap options and keep my Rolex watches on the bracelets. To me, that is Rolex, if I want something different than a bracelet, I wear a Panerai, Omega or IWC.
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Old 18 December 2009, 06:39 AM   #21
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A couple on nylon:





Narrow space between case and springbars may be part of the reason you seldom see leather straps on modern Rolex sport watches.
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Old 18 December 2009, 07:27 AM   #22
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I like the Explorer II and ND Sub on the NATO strap.
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Old 18 December 2009, 08:06 AM   #23
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Old 18 December 2009, 08:12 AM   #24
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Old 18 December 2009, 08:28 AM   #25
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Old 18 December 2009, 10:22 AM   #26
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Here's a SD on a rubber dive strap!!

Everyone has their own opinion on straps,but I likee em' and so do many others!!
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Old 18 December 2009, 11:17 AM   #27
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Fantastic guys!

I was thinking exactly the same thing. Does anyone have any pics of the New Rolex DJ II with a black leather strap?

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Old 18 December 2009, 11:38 AM   #28
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Old 18 December 2009, 03:14 PM   #29
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Old 18 December 2009, 03:15 PM   #30
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Im not a strap fan, but some of these look really good!!!
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