Rolex Watch Bands

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Most watch collectors never have to worry about purchasing Rolex watch bands through an aftermarket dealer. That's because the watch bands themselves are one of the principal attractions in the first place. You wouldn't buy a brand new Porsche so that you could swap in your Honda engine. By the same token, any member of the watch cognoscenti will leave his or her Rolex band intact.

But watch straps do break. They also suffer damage from oil, ink, water, and other liquids. And some occasions do call for dressing up or dressing down by incremental margins. Let's face it: most people can't afford an entire case full of Rolexes, which makes changing bands a justifiable move from time to time. It's just buying a Rolex with the intent of permanently swapping out its strap that's unconscionable.

Choices in Rolex Watch Bands

As you might suspect, the Rolex watch bands you choose ought to be compatible with their cases. It might look strange, for instance, to add alligator watch bands to a Rolex Oyster or Jubilee. That's not to say it couldn't be done. But for models such as those, a stainless steel, yellow-gold, or two-tone bracelet would look better--or so most watch mavens would agree.

But the material your strap or bracelet is made from is only one consideration. You'll also want to choose the type of clasp, the proper length and width, and the finish of your band as well. Some luxury watches just look better with a muted matte finish, while others come to life when they shine. Unfortunately, there are no hard-and-fast rules that apply; your own tastes and sensibilities will have to guide you.

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