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Is Your Rolex Looking Boring?


One of the great aspects with Rolex is their timeless design and trademark bracelet and with owning a Rolex, there is really no need to get another watch, expect for when you are tired of how it looks. Rather than feeling guilty, there are plenty of methods for changing the look of your watch without thinking of having to flip your Rolex.

Perhaps the easiest way to change the look of your Rolex is to change the band. In addition to changing the look, changing the band also makes your Rolex wear differently because more so than likely, the new band will be lighter than Rolex’s Oyster band. Removing an Oyster band is not too difficult for the mechanically inclined. Below is a good tutorial:

Going NATO

Rolex on Nato

Rolex on a classic NATO strap

The least expensive and probably the most utilitarian strap are the NATO straps. NATO straps are made of nylon cloth and are designed such that the strap is continuous and not two-pieces like traditional watch straps. The thinking behind a NATO strap is that in the event of a springbar failure, the watch is still secured by the other springbar. With traditional two-piece watch straps, if a springbar breaks the watch falls off, similar to a broken bracelet clasp. NATO straps are available in a variety of thicknesses, colors and quality levels. NATO straps are known for their comfort, light weight, and pliability. NATO straps can withstand water, and are easy to clean. The only drawback to a NATO strap is that the nylon does appear to weather after a while, and sometimes the nylon begin to fray. When the NATO strap looks worn and weathered, they are easy and inexpensive to replace.

Going Silicon

RubberB Straps

RubberB Strap assortment

For Rolex sport watches, another option is to replace the Oyster bracelet with a specially designed silicon rubber strap replacement by RubberB or Everest Straps. Both the RubberB and the Everest Strap are designed specifically for Rolex out of high quality silicon rubber that is vulcanized. Unlike other replacement rubber straps found on eBay, these straps are hand crafted and designed to fit Rolex sport watches exclusively. The advantages of a silicon rubber strap are that they are light, they do not capture dirt, grime, and sweat like the Oyster straps, and they have a little give/stretch in them that makes them very comfortable to wear.

Everest Stap for Rolex

Everest Strap for Rolex

Both the RubberB and the Everest strap use the Oyster clasp from the Rolex bracelet to keep as much of the Rolex look as possible. Unlike the NATO straps, the Everest and RubberB strap are designed to last for many years and require no real service or care.

  • don ferrante

    i have bought a couple of rolexes from matt, not only is there product top notch, they back it 100% about 2 years after i bought my wife her rolex there was a slight problem, well i sent the watch back and in a week matt took care of the problem, now 2 years later no problem at all, and i am thinking of upgrading my wifes, to a mid size mens with diamond bezel, guess thats the the new look, bigger and bigger, i am so sure that the trade up will go real smooth. Class act and all around very nice people to deal with. Don F New York . ps… keep in mind i live in ny 20 min from the diamond district in NYC the capital on the jewerly industry….and i use beckertime for my watches…… .

  • Monster Hobby HK

    great sharing, I am a rookie of rolex and the nato straps can make my watch fit different dressing.

  • Drew Robins

    Hi Mat.
    I spoke to you a few days ago on a watch band you had for sale.
    Thanks for your honesty and help.
    I have a GTM Master I’ve had since the “80’s that until this year did not know its band was a fake.
    Help… can you find me a 20mm at a good price?
    Thanks, DREW

    • Hello Drew,
      Thank you for your message. We do have genuine Rolex jubilee bands available for purchase. Price is based on condition. What condition are you looking for.

      Product ID : GMSSJBN is an example of an excellent condition band. We can do $600.
      Product ID : JBM20 is an example of a fair condition band with loose stretch/wear between the links. It is priced very nice due to the condition. Price is $262.49

      Let me know your thoughts.


  • drew robins

    still looking to buy a real Rolex watch band for my ‘Pepsi cola–united airlines vintage real Rolex watch. 19 mm

    • drew robins

      Hi again, i’m still looking for a real Rolex watch band for my GMT Master–‘Pepsi’ Real Rolex watch at a half decent price.

  • drew robins

    Now i’m not sure if my Master is 20 or 19 mm but i’m still looking for a real Rolex watch band, thanks mat

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