For Mike, the owner of Holben's Fine Watches and Bands, it all began with a 1976 Tony the Tiger watch. To a nine-year-old it was the coolest gift ever, and sparked a love of wristwatches that continued to flourish. In the next few years he acquired a variety of styles, from digital calculator and early Swatch watches to his first true antique, a 1920s Elgin tank-style model.
While receiving a Master's degree and working in the field of architectural preservation, Mike continued collecting and studying the art of vintage wristwatches, particularly those with mechanical movements. He educated himself, developing restoration skills and learning about watch history and technology. Though he enjoyed his career, his hobby was becoming a passion. To support this growing interest, he sold items from his collection on eBay.
What started as a sideline evolved into a viable business, and Mike decided to devote his energy full-time towards building the company. Since its founding in 1998, Holben's Fine Watches has sold more than 20,000 timepieces to clients worldwide. In 2007 the company expanded to include Holben's Fine Watch Bands, a store for straps, buckles and other wristwatch-related accessories.
OUR COMPANYWe live and work on an island in the Pacific Northwest, where we enjoy a small town lifestyle, tight-knit community, and occasional orca sightings from the ferry. As a small company, we've structured our business in a way that allows us to personally process your order, including answering questions, packing with care and managing returns/exchanges if necessary.
Quality craftsmanship should extend to all components of a wristwatch collection. That's why we focus on European and American manufacturers, including Bonetto Cinturini, Cape Cod Polish, CASEBUDi, ColaReb, deBeer, Erika's Originals, EULIT, Fluco, Di-Modell, Hadley-Roma, Haveston, Hirsch, RIOS1931 and Staib. Have you been searching for a particularly elusive item or brand? Let us know!
We know you have a choice of where to purchase watch accessories. To make your decision simple, we offer free USPS First Class Mail shipping in the United States, with no minimum purchase required. International shipping is a flat rate, regardless of number of items purchased. Excited about receiving your order? We ship as quickly as possible (often same day).
If you're unsure whether a particular piece will complement your watch, don't worry: as part of our hassle-free return policy, we accept returns of unworn, undamaged merchandise (with original tags and/or packaging) for refund or exchange within 30 days of purchase.
Mike's watch collection has evolved over time, reflecting his changing taste and growing expertise, but he still has the Tony the Tiger piece that started it all. We're not simply selling a product. We genuinely enjoy learning about and collecting watches, and we love our work. We welcome suggestions on how to make your experience with our company the best out there.
Holben's is my first stop for straps because of the quality and service. I think this is either #5 or #6 and I have never been anything but pleased.
Nobody has better bands or better service.
I have been dealing with Holben's for years and hands down this is the best watchband seller there is. Excellent products, very fair prices, outstanding quick service and easy returns.
I highly recommend Holben's Fine Watch Bands.
Very happy with the product. Great customer service; I made a mistake selecting the size and the owner of the company immediately that same day that I requested the change, he sent me an email that he would take care of it. Very professional. Thank You
It's always a pleasure doing business with Holbens....Quality, service......the Best!
I am a fan!
Thank you Holbens for the quality rubber watch straps that I just received. Both products,(Bonetto Cinturini 270 and 315), were accurate as described and the shipping time was lightning quick. In addition, your response to a mistake I had made in my order concerning lug width was addressed promptly and duly noted in the correct items being shipped. This is my second time ordering from you guys. It won't be the last. Thanks again, Johnny U
Always great service and fast shipping. Always a great selection of quality straps
Holben's has an amazing selection of product and quick service. The absolute best watch strap vendor out there!
I'm on my 6th or 8th strap from Holbens. Great pricing, product, fast shipping. My number one strap stop. Thank you!!
I have made two purchases from Holben's and both times the service was exceptional. Additionally, when I submitted questions about products and asked for recommendations, Mike responded very quickly with accurate, helpful information. I will continue to shop here and highly recommend this site.
Mike was quick to respond to my inquiry and supplied the information to correctly order the exact band and deployant I needed. Very pleased. Will buy from them again.
Very pleased with the strap I purchased. Fast delivery. I purchased another strap from Holben's earlier today.
I was searching for watch bands which were “not” made in China. Came upon Holben’s who had a very fine web site. Good pics and description. Product arrived via US mail end of same week. New watch spring pins with some easy instructions and the band was on and running in 5 minutes. Great band, high quality, made in Germany.
Holben's delivered the Hirsch Lucca strap for my Omega Speedy promptly and with free shipping. The information on the website was accurate and answered all my questions. Indeed, the entire ordering process went smoothly with no hidden costs or fees. I highly recommend their services.
Holben’s reply the same day I put the order.
I received my strap one day before they said