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, EULIT, Fluco, Di-Modell, Hadley-Roma, 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 of $10.95, 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.
Recently purchased three watch bands from Holben's Fine Watch Bands. Two ColaReb Firenze Leather, a Grey and a Rust, along with a Bonetto Cinturini Rubber Watch Strap. I could not be happier with the quality and service.
Love shopping with Holben’s! New leather watch strap is awesome!! Fast shipping!
Nothing short of perfection whenever dealing with Holben's, pure excellence.
Arrived fast, looks great, my favorite watchband seller, perfect!
Awesome service and product. Very fast shipping. The service and strap are so nice I bought two from Holben's and I am happy I did. Thank you.
Awesome as always!!!
Strap came faster than I expected. Great seller!
Arrived on time in excellent condition. The product itself is superb, as Colareb generally is in my opinion!
Finest quality watch strap from Germany and excellent service from Holben's.
Product was delivered earlier than date of promise. Quality is top notch for the price point.
Fast delivery. I am very pleased by the appearance and quality of the strap
The customer service is excellent! Thank you Mike! The new band fits perfectly. I will be a return customer!
Very fast delivery of premium watch band that matches perfectly the original, plain strap on my Porsche Design Panamera Turbo watch. Thanks for great service.
The highest-quality deployment watchband I found. At least as nice as the OEM replacement band — and costs 75% less. Looks great!
Great quality and very comfortable. I’ve been wearing it on my Speedmaster professional, as well as my NTH Skipjack and it looks great on both.
Perfect - thank you!
great quality strap and buckle. will buy another soon.
Great service, perfect strap
I ordered it, it arrived as described and on time. What more can you ask?
Love the watchband. Easy payment method and quick shipping even during holidays.
Item arrived two days before the earliest expected date, and the product is beautiful. Highly recommended seller.
very fast shipping
This item arrived sooner than expected. Holben's has been excellent about shipping out the item and getting it to me even sooner than promised. It is made from quality leather and the buckle has a nice polished look.
The item arrived sooner than promised. The packaging was good. The item arrived without any damage. The leather strap looks good on my watch. I'm very happy.
The band is great and the service was outstanding
Absolutely adore this strap...comfortable, luxurious and lightweight and a charming vanilla scent that smells good. I highly recommend Holben's watch straps as a seller.
Great item as described, speedy delivery
Lightning fast shipping, very high quality watch strap, reasonably priced, great follow up, highly recommended seller, among the best I’ve seen. Thank you.
Repeat customer. Packages arrive quickly.
2nd order from this seller....VERY FAST shipping! Will do business again
Very good, smooth experience
Holben's is always great to deal with.
very quick ship and I was very happy with the product.
Item as described, great ColaReb quality!! Fast delivery, good packaging, serious seller as usual, absolutely recommended.
I have had multiple positive experiences purchasing through Holben's.
FAST Shipping, Great Communication. Thank you!
Holben's is highly recommended in the watch community.