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.
This is my second Eulit person strap and it really works well on my circa 1980s Darwil dress watch (kind of the Timex of the former Yugoslavia). The brown with silver buckle goes really well with the gold and chrome toned watch. Light and airy wear for summer.
I am very pleased with this choice; the color is a lovely light grey which -- along with the contrast stiching -- compliments the dial of the Seiko so well. The leather is thick but supple and the strap fits my 6 inch wrist really well. Perfect for casual and even more dressy wear. Glad I picked up the recommendation from TGV (Urban Gentry)
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
Had this band for a few months now. It's been in and out of the water and still looks great.
I bought this bracelet to go with my Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical. I wanted something metal and moisture-resistant for the hot summer months. The quality here is great and the product is well built and durable. I like how the fold-over clasp secures it in place. Looks good with the watch's black dial, as well. I highly recommend. As usual, Holbens made the transaction smooth and quick.
I hadn't owned a perlon watch strap before but was interested in the combination of durability, looks, and breathability. I couldn't be happier with the pacific navy blue strap. It looks great, seems very durable, and also seems breathable so far (about a week in to wearing it). Some reviewers have complained about it feeling stiff or scratchy... I haven't experienced either of those things at all. Would highly recommend
An excellent strap band. Order arrived as predicted and a simple installation.
Looks just like the photos but the Rust color is more medium brown than yellow after worn a while or after using leather conditioner.
Much better than plastic-like top-grain leather or cheap genuine leather. Pairs well with Sternglas Naos.
This was not so great (for me) as a regular band - the material is so thin that it might feel better in the NATO format which is actually what seem more popular. The other thing is that you should use a spring bar tool to punch a hole in the band. Didn't like this one but as always - Holben's is the absolute best place for straps etc!
Always great service and fast shipping. Always a great selection of quality straps
I purchased this strap to go on a Zenith Elite with a deployant clasp. It fit perfectly, looks great with the watch, and is extremely comfortable on my wrist.
Awesome band. Fits great and matches the Sinn U2 SDR perfectly. Looks like they were made at the same factory! Colorways match perfectly.
Good quality and comfortable to wear. Fast shipping too! Will definitely buy colareb straps again
I was looking for a waterproof leather watch strap. Not one that was water resistant but one that wouldn't get soaked just from taking a shower with it on. This strap works great. It looks like a typical leather strap when its on (if a little thick) but it behaves with water like a silicone strap would. I've worn it in the shower for about a month now and it is no less waterproof when it was when I first got it. Would love if there was a wider selection of colors though.
Happy with the strap
High quality, typical of German manufacturing.. nice and very reasonable!
High quality, very reasonable
I do not normally like nato style straps as I find they elevate a watch on the wrist more than I can tolerate.However these straps with the single pass layout eliminates that issue for me.Also like the moving keeper which avoids having a long length of strap to fold under the keeper adding to the strap bulk.
I also appreciate the colors available that are reminiscent of the various camouflage colors of WW 2 aircraft, being a junkie of aircraft of that era.
About the strap, great quality, great fit on my Seiko diver.I plan to add other colors to enhance the looks and comfort of other watches.
As always, great experience, super fast shipping from Holben’s.
ColaReb makes amazing vegan straps, and this is no exception. It mimics leather surprisingly well; it has a nearly identical feel and texture. Even up close, it looks a lot like real leather. It's a thick yet comfortable strap that looks good with almost any watch. Since it's so close to leather, it's probably the best vegan strap for more formal watches. This will be my strap of choice for dress watches for sure.
Holben's has an amazing selection of product and quick service. The absolute best watch strap vendor out there!
Super durable and stylish watch band. Goes great with my Hamilton Khaki Automatic watch. The vanilla smell is more like vanilla-rubber, and is a bit much for the first week. After washing the band a few times with soap and water, it now has a mild vanilla smell that is pleasant. The clasp is secure and easy to use. The band is stiff at first, though it does flex more over time. Make sure to read the instructions in the link on this site before you make the cuts to shorten the band. You’ll need a spring bar tool (fork and pin pusher) to make the adjustments, as well as a good (sharp) knife. There are sizing holes on the metal clasp to allow for micro-adjustment... better to cut it a little long and then shorten it further on the clasp (rather than cut it too short and not have any room to let it out).
This strap is excellently crafted of beautiful leather and is well worth the price. Satisfied customer, and will definitely be exploring more of ColaReb...
Love this band. I've already swapped it between 4 watches in only a week. It is quickly becoming one of my very favorite bands. The feel is so supple and amazing. My wife doesn't comment too much on my watches and this band caught her eye!
I bought this shorter band because my wrists are small. The band both fits & look great.
Awesome blue strap perfectly complements my new Seiko 5 SRPE63!!
The quality of these Elite perlon straps is excellent, but this one is nothing special to look at. It's fine, and I'm wearing it, but it is not as distinctive at the blue, black or grey, all of which I own. Still if you need a brown perlon, Eulit Palma is they way to go. They fit my 6 1/2 inch wrist perfectly, and hold up year after year.
Awesome NATO for my new Seiko 5. Very comfortable and looks awesome!
Thought about going with the OEM JLC bracelet for $1,600. So glad I didn't. The Staib punches way above it's weight. Stellar.
Love my Italian rubber strap. It completes my dive watch with a classy edge! The delivery was remarkably fast as well!
Great tool and the delivery was quick!
Bought this strap for a new Seiko 5 with a faux patina beige dial. Looks great!
Solid construction with smooth leather texture. Paired with the double pin clasp and heavy duty thread I expect this band to provide many years of enjoyment.
Great construction and quality, soft leather texture. Beware of the strap dimension in conjunction with your watch lug width. In my case (7.75"/197mm wrist size) and paired with my Bulova lunar watch (47mm lug to lug) the strap feels short. I actually purchased another (similar / Di-Model Pilot) strap with more generous dimensions.
very nice:rich, leather like---and no animal suffered for it!
You don’t expect a strap to be this good at this price point but it is. Well made and immediately comfortable, good looking too. I likely will buy another one soon in a different color.
I recently ordered my second Fluco pig strap from Holben's. This one dark brown. I don't know how Holben's is able to send these to me for so cheap and yet the quality is so nice. I highly recommend.
Thicker than the 300 series, yet supple. Great eggshell texture on one side making it look matte. Vanilla scent not as strong and objectionable as the other bands. Very nice clasp.
Excellent high-quality name brand watch reasonably priced and Holben's service to match. I highly recommend both the product and Holben's.
I'm on my 6th or 8th strap from Holbens. Great pricing, product, fast shipping. My number one strap stop. Thank you!!
Received as described. It’s a soft leather band and the sweat resistant band definitely works. No more smelly wrist during the summer.
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.
I originally purchased this band for a Zeppelin LZ129 moon phase watch, but fell in love with how it looked on the Bulova Lunar Pilot. The taper down from the case is wonderful and the Cognac color is fantastic. Despite the thickness of the band, it has broken in relatively quickly and is very comfortable. I will definitely be looking at adding some other color RIOS1931 bands to swap out, these are great quality!
I searched around for the perfect leather strap for my vintage GMT and Holben's delivered. Its exactly the look I was after and an unbelievable value for Italian leather.
From the moment I put it on I knew that it would exceed even my most optimistic expectations.
I bought if for my vintage Wenger, but frankly, this high-quality band deserves a much better watch. How can a 4mm thick calfskin watch strap be so soft, so comfortable, yet so durable and so robust?
I waited before I submitted this review because I wanted to see how it broke in. Simply better than expected. Already it is so comfortable I keep forgetting I have a watch on at all. I was out all day yesterday in mid-90 degree heat and it did breathe better than anything I have ever had and as a "waterproof" band, it did not absorb perspiration like other quality leather bands. Just perfect.
It didn't take me long to appreciate the double-pronged buckle and the keeper anchor.
Holbens always has the best selection across the board, best prices, easy to navigate website, immediate shipping, and sincere customer service.