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.
Threw on my $50 Ali-express watch very nice difference. Quality is great for $40 bucks, the tan is beautiful, stitching complements the tan color, nice buckle finish and leather broke in pretty fast.
Bought this to replace the OE strap with Seagull skeleton automatic. Beautiful strap, immaculately made, I could not be happier.
Really great service from Mike at Holben’s as well, will definitely be coming back for more!
Band dovetailed perfectly with the lugs on my Phoibos py 007c. Solid and sturdy just like the watch.
Great watch band. Comfortable and actually stylish. Use it also with my grand Seiko diver.
I have a small wrist for a man (seven inches) and have worn various bands over the years. This cuff band fits perfectly, is attractive, and is the most comfortable leather band I've ever worn.
Fluco good stuff. Supple and excellent finish for the price point. Holbens are good people too. Fast shipping. Good communication.
A fine watch strap. The second I have purchased from this supplier and the price is great, the quality is good and the delivery fast.
Looks and feel of this strap are amazing!
I wanted to replace my casio rangeman buckle with clasp, so I bought on ebay clasp I liked.But buckle part of strap didn't fit.I found Holben s website and Mike owner have checked each clasp ti find right one for me.After that I got two more.Very glad Mike spend his time to help me.
The nato strap is well made and very comfortable. It's light and thin but it's strong.
This is my first sheepskin anything and I'm impressed. It patinas very quickly and shows off the well-spaced pores. It's a bit more supple and softer than leather. The weathered look is starting to show after two weeks of wearing. Weathered gray looks good to me.
The watch band looks and smells great... if you’re into the leather smell. Swapped the buckle with my watch’s original one because this band came with a polished one and my watch is brushed. Other than the size of the buckle being a tad too big for the band, it looks great.
I live in Greece and shipping was very fast.Also the feedback for my order status was excellent!
Will be back for another purchase when needed.
Strap looks and feels sturdy.I believe it will break in nicely!The croc grain looks much more expensive and it is a fine choice for my Seiko cocktail
Very pleased with my purchase!!
I own several NATO straps and I think the A2 design is one of the best single-pass layouts for those with slimmer wrists and who don't want the added bulk/height that a typical NATO strap has. I love the design and construction of the strap and also the history of the colors for each. Shipping was prompt and delivery was fast. Overall, I'm very pleased with my purchase.
Great seller, this is the best faux leather band you can find.
These are my current favorite leather watch straps. They're thick, rugged, full-grain leather, so each has its own personality. This strap is a great way to make any timepiece appropriate for casual wear, even a vintage dress watch. My only complaint is the keeper on the 20mm (center) is a size a bit too big. But I love them. A tremendous value, too.
This is a fantastic band for the price. And to clearly answer a often asked question, this band fits the Seiko SARB017 with no alteration. Very satisfied.
Fantastic strap, very confortable and high quality. Feels very solid
Good quality and very comfortable. Don't be fooled by stamped clasp, it's solid and well made. But, for the price of this strap, it's worth buying just for the rubber should you choose to replace the clasp. It does have a fairly strong, but not unpleasant vanilla cake smell. It fades slightly after some time, but it's still pretty noticeable. Will likely buy more as my watch collection grows.
I have never been disappointed with a strap from Holben's. For the price this is an excellent high quality strap and has a good thickness and the stitching is very neat.
The Fluco Consul is the perfect strap for a more modern or minimalist style watch. This looks great with my Ole Mathiesen and Stowa Antea watch. The strap is a smooth leather similar to the Skagen straps with a soft under lining that is very comfortable. Recommended for dress and modern design watches.
Great strap, high quality. My only gripe and it’s more a personal thing is that I was hoping for a darker brown. This is a bit towards the cordovan side of brown in my opinion.
I love this strap. Very high quality, nice finishing. Goes superbly with naval style watches.
I am absolutely delighted with both the quality of their products (accurate information on their site) and their very speedy shipping! A definite recommendation to use these folks!
This is a very nice band. It is very comfortable. I’m using it on a Certina automatic chronograph with a black dial and red hour and minute hands on the chronograph sundials as well as the red hand marking the chronograph seconds. It gives the watch a very sporty look. I’ve ordered other bands from Holben’s and have never been disappointed.
I love the blue leather on this strap so much. It's very comfortable and looks beautiful.
I got this (with gold buckle) to pair with my Seiko 6138-8020 Black Panda. I'd ordered a shell cordovan version, but upon receiving it the leather was too thin and shiny. Holben's was great handling the return! This Fluco one matches the matte black dial of the watch, and the white stitching matches the white hands. The leather is a bit thicker and suits the thick case and lugs of the chronograph. Overall, very happy with the purchase!
This will be a lifelong strap. I have purchased so many straps all over the place online and these Fluco are the best value and quality. Plus free shipping. This is the black on black— Troja black. Great piece of leather. Great strap
nice band, great service. Thanks.
Nothing to dislike about this strap or the associated delivery service. Great match for my Citizen BM7100-59E. Mounted curved spring bars on the watch to accommodate this strap as the straight spring bars on the watch did not leave enough clearance. (No fault of the strap, just the design of the watch for which it was intended.) Nearest quality and price-wise to this strap, IMHO, is the C&B Chevron adjustable, though that one may not suit larger wrists.
My dad bought me an Omega Speadmaster Auto when I graduated. I've worn it with the original bracelet almost everyday for the last twenty five years and wanted to see how a leather strap would look.
This is a really nice strap, excellent quality, very competitivly priced, spring bars included.
Took about a day to break in, really quite comfortable.
I am in love with this strap. It's water resistant and top grain leather. Stitching is beautiful. I have another one on a Hamilton.
The strap is beautiful, heavy and wears in like a true leather piece. It looks amazing on a Hamilton Khaki 42. I bought a second one for a Dan Henry 1962.
I can give this beautiful strap no less than 5 stars. It looks absolutely stellar on my Breitling Aerospace, taking the place of the standard titanium bracelet. The semi-gloss finish is exactly what I was looking for. The leather is stiff, which was expected, but after only a few days of wear, into conforming nicely to the wrist. The fine craftsmanship and attention to detail is evident, and I couldn’t be happier. To top it off, Holbens’ excellent service and fast shipping is terrific!
Second order from Holben’s and third Hersch strap. Found the James performance strap in black to be of very high quality and ordered a second one in gold brown.
Straps enhance the look and comfort of my watches. Service was very fast, shipped only an hour or two after ordering on a Friday afternoon and received my order on Monday.
I expect I will be replacing stars on several other watches as well and expect to only be using Holben’s in the future.
Comfortable. Easily adjusted. No 3 inches of additional fabric to tuck (sadly looking at you NATO). If you are looking for a high quality strap that looks and feel great for a lot of occasions, look no further.
I wasn't happy with regular straps for my Strela Cosmos Chronograph. I'd gotten used to wearing my Seiko Turtle, which is 44mm, but felt like a change. My Strela is only 40mm, and looked puny and wimpy on my wrist after the Seiko. And it has long lugs, which doesn't help. Anyway, I went on the hunt for a bund strap, which led me to the Fluco cuff strap. I like the idea of the bund, but it seems kind of clumsy, in a way. So I looked at as many shots of the Fluco cuff that I could, and decided to take a risk. I wasn't disappointed. It really looks cool, and is so comfortable. No breaking in, either. The calf leather is super soft and supple right out of the pouch. I did have to use the last holes on the cuff for my Strela since the lugs are so long (right at the max of 48mm in the description), but the watch fits perfectly and is stable on the cuff. I highly recommend it!
First time buying from Holbens, I’m very pleased to say that the experience was great!
Purchased the silicone strap with blue stitching. Very nice sporty look for my blue dial Orient dive watch. Strap feels great, excellent quality.
Buy with confidence!
Very pleased with the look and fit of this watchband on my Phobios Ocean Master.
The orange band and black buckle go perfectly with the black face and orange minute hand.
It also feels more comfortable than the OEM strap. Kudos!
I recently purchased this MN strap from Holben's because they have a good selection of Erika's straps in stock ready for prompt delivery. The strap is a medium length and fits my 185 mm wrist size well. The craftsmanship is first class and the overall quality of the material and hardware is just what I expected, excellent. The Holben's supplied spring bars are a definite upgrade. This is a super comfortable watch band and will get many hours of wrist time on this Seiko watch that I intend to use for outdoor activities such as hiking and biking.
Really comfortable and handsome strap! My watch originally came with a cheap-o, stiff that split after a few wears and the loop broke off - the ColaReb instantly made my watch wearable again and look sooo much better. I love that there was a vegan option, too, and will buy one for my other watch when more come in stock.
Perfect match for my vintage-inspired Seiko Chrono. Seems to be of good quality.
Purchased a strap and was so happy with it and the service that I went for more the following week. Will be on top of my list for future purchases!