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Expensive Watches On Rubber Straps With No Bracelet Option


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Expensive new watches on rubber straps

It seems to be happening a lot, watches on rubber with no leather or bracelet option

I don't get it

Personally I would never buy a watch on rubber if it didn't have a bracelet option, even a Seiko! But to pay $69,000 for a Patek on a rubber strap?

Really?!

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Panerai is one exception I can think of , may be getting the entry level white dialled Luminor on rubber in July if I try it on and I like it , would never ever buy or wear a Pan on a metal bracelet , but for virtually all other brands/models , I completely agree...

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42 minutes ago, JoT said:

Expensive new watches on rubber straps

 

I'm with you on this, John. I don't really like straps, either leather or rubber. It took me a long time to source my Orca and Ecozilla on bracelets as they are usually sold on rubber, though the latter did come with both. I certainly think a good bracelet looks nicer than rubber.

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Never rubber, ever!

I'm dead set against it. I loathe the look, the feeling and the smell of it. There are certain watches that do look "at home"on a rubber strap, but even those I would quickly swap to leather. 

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I wonder what it would be like to spend $69k on a watch without flinching ? :hmmm9uh:

2 hours ago, antjrice said:

As John Mayer pointed out on TW, these watches seem to be aimed at the crowd that already have heavy hitters on bracelets in place.

 

Just now, Roy said:

I had a rubber that ended up costing me more than that :laugh:

But did you flinch ? :laughing2dw:

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5 minutes ago, WRENCH said:

 

I wonder what it would be like to spend $69k on a watch without flinching ? :hmmm9uh:

 

But did you flinch ? :laughing2dw:

I deleted that comment as it wasn’t true.
It was a mate, honest. So no I didn’t flinch :laugh:

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I don't mind rubber straps, I use them for cycling to work, perspiration ruins leather and I have to keep my watch in my pocket while working so a metal bracelet would scratch the watch. However, any watch over £1000 should definitely come with a bracelet first and then maybe the option for rubber.  I have to think how much replacement straps are from Patel :swoon:

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60% (that's one of those internet statistics) of my watches DON'T come on a strap I can live with. Admittedly those are anything without a SS bracelet.

I spend half my time figuring out if I can get a bracelet to match the watch and add it into the cost. I've even bought a few 'broken fix it up' and 'needs attention' donor watches in sheer hope with crossed fingers.

But there is no way I would pay for an expensive watch without a metal bracelet option. 

You're correct.. these designer's need arrested and taken before a group of their peers and immediately shot. How very very dare them!!

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8 hours ago, SolaVeritate said:

 

But there is no way I would pay for an expensive watch without a metal bracelet option. 

 

Each to his own taste.

Of my fifteen watches (none of which came from Argos), only one (the Rolex  --  which was a gift to me) has a bracelet. Ergo, I have never bought a watch with a bracelet  --  just doesn't look elegant to my eyes.

As for rubber, I have only one. It is beautifully supple, and has no odour at all.

 

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2 hours ago, yokel said:

 

As for rubber, I have only one. It is beautifully supple, and has no odour at all.

 

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Well there is rubber, and then there is silicone and it’s variations.....I agree rubber is ‘orrible but some “non metal” straps are lovely......and no they don’t smell.

 

 

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After having many decent watches on bracelets and leather, I felt having these higher end ones on rubber helped differentiate them. I don’t think they’d look right on a bracelet either IMO

Bringing them to Thailand also made me realise how comfortable they are to wear:

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