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.
If you want a strap for the apocalypse, this is it. It feels truly military grade. The hardware is stitched on very well and the nylon is about 2mm thick!! Takes some time to break in but it feels great!
The nylon is soft and supple, it’s stitched not bonded, and the bead-blasted hardware looks great! Perfect thickness!
This strap is a perfect "semi-dressy" option for casual watches that can dress up or down. The leather is soft and supple yet strong, and the texture feels amazing. It's super comfortable.
The band looks beautiful on my recently restored 1960 Hamilton K-416 watch. This was a very good value... a quality band at a reasonable price with fast shipping.
Band and clasp were high quality.
I bought the 20mm Bonetto Cinturini black rubber strap to replace a tired, old, ill-fitting black leather strap on my Seiko SKX023 38mm dive watch that I have had for over a decade. It has transformed the piece. Its like having a brand new watch. It is a nice simple, understated, classy looking strap. And its comfortable. It does not tug painfully against your arm hairs. it is also durable and does not pick up nicks and scratches like some other rubber straps.
Very nice strap and amazing shipping time!
Strap looks amazing and fits perfect for an average to smaller wrist. I'm buying a second leather band from them as I love the free shipping...even on this $16 dollar purchase. Thanks!!!
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.
Yes, a perfect match for my Combat Sub
Great match for my vintage Grand Seiko. Looks it’s carefully crafted and durable. Grade A suede finish with veg tanned lining, and i can say it’s comparable with most bands at the price of $75 - $100.
The strap shipped the same day I placed the order. Wasn't sure what to expect, but the quality is truly amazing. This strap is extremely comfortable and easily adjustable. I often forget it is even on my wrist! Very nice.
Holben’s reply the same day I put the order.
I received my strap one day before they said
I never realized an aftermarket strap could give a watch new life, but it has. This strap is incredibly durable and well made. If you have ankles for wrists, this strap is not for you as it runs a tad bit short.
I like it alot. Never knew this kind of buckle existed. Placed it on a blue suede band from the same company, Fluco. Because I live in NC and it's summer, I don't wear a lot of leather bands till fall but so far taking it on and off. However, my experience, sides of leather bands can become worn as you tighten the buckle, especially with darker leathers like blues and blacks. I can see how it will preserve the sides of the band better than a standard buckle.
Very impressed by the quality craftmanship. It really elevated my otherwise bland field watch. The strap is luxuriously thick yet is becoming supple with minimal wrist time. Can't recommend this enough. In a word, "Bravissimo!".
Ordered 18mm brown, is very high quality leather. Supple, stitching is well done. Overall very happy. Worth the money, I’ll buy again.
Nice deployant that will accommodate a thicker strap.
I will remember Holbens for my next order!
Love the look of this strap on my Steinie! Also have to shout out Kudos to Mike for excellent customer service. He is the greatest!
The straps feels smooth, and buttery. It looks better in person and it is remarkably easy to wear. This is the 3rd ColaReb I have purchased from Holbens.
The customer service level is amazing and the shipping is super fast.
I have made (7) purchases from Holbens this year already.
If "size matters" to you, then this is your store. The watch straps come exactly as advertised, unlike a lot of places that "sort of" fit as advertised.
This is my second Perlon strap from Mike and I’m very happy with its upscale looks, durability, comfort of wear, and infinite level if size adjustment due to design.
Kudos to Mike for providing the best customer service of any online watch strap dealer!!!
Note that the color may appear Im my photo to be a slightly brighter blue than the actual band. Color is very similar to online pics.
Since I've been collecting vintage dress watches, Holben's has become my go to strap supplier. Quick, and easy, at a good price point. I particularly like the Fluco suede straps. Supple and comfortable right out of the box. I have also purchased some Colareb and Eulit straps that have not disappointed either. Thanks to the great team at Holben's!
Very comfortable and stylish strap. Perfect for my Zenith. Fast shipping. Highly recommended
I have it on my SARB017 and it looks good.
LOVE this strap. Soft and supple, yet thick and substantial right out of the bag. Got the blue, and it’s a dark, rich, royal blue. Goes great with my speedmaster. Going to order the black version as well
ColaReb is a go to strap for me. This strap is beautiful, has a great fell and will outlast me.
The strap was purchased for a Panerai with a deployant clasp but it was to think to fit within the clasp, it would not close and lock.
Due to the way the strap is made I was able to use a leather skive to thin out the section of the strap until it fit perfectly.
I actually purchased a second strap for another watch. Well worth the cost.
Received my watch band earlier than expected. The quality of the band is excellent and was super easy to attach due to the integrated spring bars.
Put it on a blue Casio Duro. Looks, feels, smells great.
This strap is an incredible value for the price! The leather and construction are top notch and I expect it will last a very long time. Only issue is that it does run a little large. I had to use an awl to make another hole, but the overall length of the strap is perfect.
I recently purchased two Benetto Cinturini rubber straps in black and dark blue. I have the black strap on a Filson field watch and it looks better than the OEM strap that came on it. I have the dark blue strap my Seiko SKX 009 and the strap color is an excellent compliment to the dark blue face and blue section of the bezel. The straps have great fit and finish and feel like high quality rubber, which is a little harder than silicone but that is to be expected and not negative in my opinion. Holben’s shipping was super fast and I will certainly be back in the future.
Probably my favorite strap right now. The suede is a rich dark blue that perfectly complements my Longines Heritage Military. It feels very comfortable on the wrist, I barely know it's there. Would certainly buy from Holben's again!
Second time purchasing this strap (different sizes). Good quality, soft and comfortable material. Very pleased with this purchase.
I’ve been looking for a while for the right leather strap for my Hamilton, this is the one.
Excellent quality and finish, 100% real leather.
Bought this along with a few other straps in similar range and this is by far my favourite. Really comfortable.
These straps are awesome, this is the 3rd one I've ordered, first in the 19mm size and first from Holbens. I'm glad Holbens now have them so I don't have to wait as long on shipping. Pricey but worth it, I wish Erika would offer all colors and options in the odder sizes, 19/21.
Strap is great quality, the ability to puncture only the location(s) for the tongue makes a really clean look, and yes, the vanilla is actually really fun in my opinion. And thanks to Holben's, fast shipping, good communication, well packed!
This is one of the best straps I bought. As always, Holben has best variety of straps.
Needed a waterproof leather for my Oris Carl Brashear chrono and the fit and finish of this strap is exactly what I wanted.
This is simply put...one of the best watch strap purchases I have ever made. This is a high quality, beautiful blue leather strap. Loving it on my Tag Heuer Carrera. Great deal buy this one won’t regret it
This is my go-to bracelet for most any sport / field watch.
The quality is exceptional and they should last forever. ( I tend to sweat through leather bands pretty quickly)
It is very comfortable to wear and looks sharp and appropriate, IMHO.
As almost everyone has noted - you have to cut to fit for most - so take your time and be careful - it's not hard.
There is about 6mm adjustment in the clasp, so I cut to fit in the shortest position, so there is a little room to lengthen if needed.
I have both and much prefer the genuine rubber to the similar silicone ones sold by others. - I enjoy the subtle vanilla aroma.
Excellent alligator pattern strap.....Rios makes some of the best watch straps!
Fantastic leather strap. I have had it for a year now and the stitching is still perfect and the leather has worn in nicely. My second Fluco strap. Will be ordering more in the future.
I adjusted the length ans strapped my dice watch to my wrist and haven’t changed the strap wince. The strap is comfortable and my watch sits comfortably on my wrist — not high on my wrist like a nato but it feels secure. In direct sunlight, the black is more like a charcoal grey but the it looks it is not as hard to fasten as some reviewers said, either. The hardware is robust without belief heavy or unsightly. Get a springbar tool if you don’t have one.
Holbens has a great selection, too and has also been favorably reviewed by several watch enthusiasts.