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Gents,

 

If i wanted to replace the original (now worn out) bi-colour strap on my Rolex Submariner where should I look/start?

 

Cheers

 

T

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There is a brand that Rolex "almost endorses" I'll think of it, do they not still supply the original?

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JF,

 

I know i can obtain new from Rolex UK, but just asking if there is a 'better option'?

 

Watch currently wears a Casio rubber dive strap thus:

 

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Not exactly fetching! :(

 

T

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Tel, have you had a quote from Rolex themselves (eg St James) for price with and without p/x (I'm sure they'll call it something posher than that!) on the knackered one ?

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JF,

 

I know i can obtain new from Rolex UK, but just asking if there is a 'better option'?

 

Watch currently wears a Casio rubber dive strap thus:

 

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Not exactly fetching! :(

 

T

To misquote Col Jeff Cooper, that combination looks like a roof rack on a Ferrari!

 

Personally I'd say that watch is crying out for a nice black leather strap, maybe a croc? If you must have a bracelet, I would dig deep and pay for a Rolex original.

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RubberB, Everest and pro hunter all produce straps worthy of the watch itself, I have a rubber B on my deepsea and the quality is superb.

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To misquote Col Jeff Cooper, that combination looks like a roof rack on a Ferrari!

Personally I'd say that watch is crying out for a nice black leather strap, maybe a croc? If you must have a bracelet, I would dig deep and pay for a Rolex original.

:D

 

Yup. I think the only bracelet that'll look right is... a Rolex bimetal!

What's knackered on yours? The clasp, or the whole thing?

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Tel, Have you thought of having the watch serviced and strap repaired via Rolex? If they can't repair they usually quote for replacement parts and ask for approval before continuing.

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Yes folks it looks bloody awful but it was a quick fix when the original bimetallic went beyond its sell by date, 20 years of everyday use in all kinds of environments (caveat - not used when in Africa for obvious reasons!)

 

The original is totally shot the links and the clasp. I did look at refurb but was given 'beyond economic repair'

 

Will just have to bite the bullet and go for a complete new assembly

 

Dang!

 

Terry

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Ouch - the ordinary s/s bracelet for my '72 vintage Sea Dweller was north of £750 four years ago, good luck with the bi metallic version. But it held up for 40+ years of daily wear from new, including 10 years of commercial diving. Rolex have spares but held in Geneva I believe, for the older models.

ATB

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I'm guessing £2000 - 2500, but probably being optimistic

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God's teeth - £3450

 

Have my pet horologist's onto the case.

 

T

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SE,

 

yup, just the 'bracelet' as Rolex would call it.

 

T

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To rerun to the OP's original question, whilst I may be stereotyped as a tight Yorkshire man, the rubber strap which you have now, which works perfectly; looks about about 3,400 times better than a dealer replacement.

 

Trust this helps,

 

Mr Gandy.

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Get yourself a beautiful alligator or ostrich strap for £200 or so!

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Get yourself a beautiful alligator or ostrich strap for £200 or so!

Think that'd work for an all-stainless sub or, at a push, all-gold, but a bimetal on anything other than bimetal would always look like an unloved ginger step child.

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PS just tried a few quick google image searches for variations on 'bimetal sub on strap or Rubber b' - less than a blue and gold monstrosity, nada.

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Gold on gold nato sort of works. Be a good look in parts of Moscow.

Bimetal, hmmm. The gold furniture in the strap is better, but still looks a little 'nipples on a fish' to my eye, but better than casio rubber! post-1450-0-92404100-1504336160_thumb.jpg

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Tel,black and gold nato here for £7! http://www.ukwatchstrap.co.uk/nato-watch-strap-black-gold-FL158.html

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On its way, must be a step up from the Casio item :)

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