Universal Rubber Straps
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The bulk of a watchmaker’s time, energy, and attention to detail is spent on the watch itself: the case, movement, dial – components that give a watch its functionality. However, the strap or bracelet that keeps a watch to your wrist is just as important. Beyond the utility of keeping a watch on your wrist, the strap displays more surface area than the watch itself, making it a crucial component to your watch’s aesthetics. This is why watch straps are often referred to as “the clothes” of a watch. While some people settle for the strap or bracelet that comes with their watch, others find the strap that suits them best. Depending on your lifestyle, taste, and/or occupation, a different strap can make a world of difference for your watch.
While some watchmakers give more attention to their straps than others, straps are our primary focus here at Everest. We’ve spent years developing top of the line watch straps: some for particular models, some universal. Beyond knowing what makes a good strap, we know that one option can never do it all. Leather isn’t waterproof, metal bracelets can be heavy, so on and so forth. There are seemingly endless materials, styles, and types of watch straps to choose from. Assuming your watch is not integrated, meaning it uses the standard springbar and lug system (as opposed to a proprietary bracelet/strap attachment), you can equip it with any number of different straps to fit different occasions. Enter Everest’s line of Universal watch straps.
Within our line of Universal watch straps, we offer three different materials: rubber, leather, and nylon. All of these materials have their pros and cons, and all of them excel in certain contexts. Rubber watch straps have been around for decades, primarily used for dive watches. Rubber is flexible, durable, and fully waterproof. It gives your watch a sportier look. Leather watch straps have been around for even longer. While it lacks water resistance, leather is incredibly strong, soft, and comfortable. Leather is typically associated with dress watches, but looks great with a number of styles. Nylon shares the benefits of both: very strong, very comfortable, and fully waterproof. Nylon is likely the least formal of the three, but looks great as a casual option.
Rubber straps are nothing new; Rolex and Tudor have offered them since the 1950’s. Traditionally used on dive watches, rubber excels as a strong, lightweight, waterproof strap material (just make sure your watch is waterproof too). Rubber isn’t just practical – assuming you go for a high-quality vulcanized rubber like we use at Everest – it’s one of the most comfortable materials for a watch strap. If you like the sporty look, or just wear a sporty watch, rubber is a great everyday option. While rubber should be one of the most comfortable strap materials, some rubber straps lack breathability, as they can suffocate the skin. Everest solved this issue years ago; all of our rubber straps feature airflow channels on the underside, providing exceptional breathability. If you’re looking for a rubber strap, particularly for your Rolex, Tudor, or Panerai, Everest has you covered. Our Curved End Rubber Straps are tailor fit to specific references: seamlessly hugging the case and lugs. If you don’t have any of those watches, don’t worry – Everest offers universal rubber straps for any watch with 20mm lug width. Our universal rubber straps are equipped with toolless, quick release springbars, making installation a breeze. Made from high quality vulcanized FKM rubber, Everest rubber straps are made to look good, feel good, and last a long time.