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.
I absolutely love this strap. I had an old watch I had bought on ebay and it had a pig strap on it that I truly enjoyed. When I decided to buy a pig strap in a different width I found this Fluco tan. When it arrived I realized how much lighter it was than what I expected however it darkens with age. I wear this strap with the Seiko Alpinists, both the green and the one pictured and my white Junghans Max Bill. The older the strap gets the more I appreciate it. Strongly recommend.
Excelent quality strap, excelent customer service. They say 'Do not combine dive watch with racing strap!'... I say 'Why not?' (when not diving ofc) :)
This is my first strap, the quality is good, I wish the price can be cheaper, but I can't find any alternative strap to match the quality and color, overall is good purchased
A simple high quality strap built to last. Elegant design that lets the watch case and dial to shine.
Very pleased with the strap I purchased. Fast delivery. I purchased another strap from Holben's earlier today.
The watch band is sturdy for enough for sports use yet surprisingly stylish/dressy. Very fast delivery, too. I just finished ordering another watch band from Holben's.
I live on the East Coast and ordered this strap on a Saturday. It arrived on Monday morning with free shipping via USPS, absolutely phenomenal! Have never received a package from across the country that fast, you guys are amazing. The Erika's strap is also phenomenal--much easier to attach to my Deep Blue Diver than I anticipated. The adjustment to size was easy, although it took me a few tries to learn the trick to hooking the buckle properly. Now that I have it on, I don't want to take it off. So comfortable that I don't even know I'm wearing my watch. I had my doubts about the price, but I think it's worth it.
Yes, a little pricey but the quality is definitely there. You will not be disappointed!
Holbens is a real pleasure to deal with. The whole team is fantastic! Cust service is top notch!
Now the band. Had it on for about a week, molded perfectly, light, comfortable, tough, and great looking. Has been warm and muggy, and no problems with comfort. Stitching is great. The lorica liner is comfortable, and the strap holes do not pull out of shape. Have about 7.25" wrist, for reference.
My second Haveston strap. My first was from the Corp Canvas Series, and I was so pleased with it that I came back for this one. Could not be happier. Single pass is great. Material is robust yet supple. I have several straps from other popular manufacturers, but none have the attention to detail on the hardware like Haveston does. Beautiful polishing and the stamped logo really finishes it off nicely. The 1944C canvas strap looks right at home on my Hamilton Khaki, but I'm loving this Carrier A2!
Definitely higher quality than other perlon straps I own. The buckle is substantial without being too large and helps keep the tail end of the strap neatly secured. I applied my own brushed finished to the buckle to match the watch case - used a green pot scrubber pad; took about 2 minutes.
Love the strap on my omega speedmaster date
I bought this as a gift for my father and he loves it. The strap has a smooth feel to it and holds the color very well.
This is a light-weight, supple band that has become my daily wear. I used to have other Nato straps or stainless link bracelets that I'd swap in and out of rotation, and then this summer I was looking for a replacement for the stock rubber strap for my SKX007. Dang! This is so worth the $20! I've come back to buy them in different sizes because I want one on all my watches (lug width 20 - 22). Get it. You will thank yourself and wonder how you wore that nasty stock rubber strap for as long as you did.
The strap is very attractive, and fits my small wrist well! The material does look very elegant, and I paired it with a black watch, the overall look being sleek and minimal. The polished metal details and angular cut of the buckle and strap end are nice details.
Very nice band, and the service was great. Very fast service with no issues whatsover!
This is the perfect NATO for my use. I wanted a strap that was lite, that was rubber, that smelled great, and looked good. Plus you easily make it a single pass ZULU. I wish they had it in Orange.
Great watch strap. Exactly as depicted and high quality. Great customer service.
Straps feel solid and well built. Tan is a little darker than expected which I prefer.
High end leather, quality buckle looks perfect on my vintage Omega. Good size choices.
Very comfortable, light weight, and secure on the wrist. It took a couple of times to get used to pulling it over my hand, as you have to hook the clasp first, but once it is on, it is fine. Looks good too.
Stylish great looking strap. A perfect match for my Damasko DA353 along with Holen's top-notch service and shipping.................
Very nice watch strap. I put it on a Hamilton Khaki automatic and its super sweet. It was delivered two days sooner than expected.
I was looking for a Carbon-fiber like strap for the summer for an Omega. By chance I landed on this website and saw a picture of the exact watch I own with a Hirsch Robby black/yellow . I knew then this would fit perfectly for this watch.
I liked it so much that I bought another one a little bit more classic for another watch (Ayrton black/red).
They are both very comfortable even when it is hot. Just love them.
Excellent quality strap. Extremely wearable and the craftmanship is top notch. Absolutely worth the money.
Erika’s Original strap is truly comfortable. If you don’t mind taking out the lug pins every time you swap straps, this strap is truly unique. It almost feels like you have nothing on and the grey I picked...hence the reference to a ghost. Fits very secure to the wrist. It’s no comparison to a nato strap because the adjustment ring allows for a perfect fit.
Solid quality and feel, totally worth the money. Curious to see how well will this one last. Will definitely come back for sure. Well done guys!
The black silicone band with red stitching looks like it was specifically designed for my Garmin watch. Excellent quality, comfortable, and looks perfect! Everyone thinks it’s leather, but it’s more functional and waterproof.
Having been acquainted with Horween straps courtesy of a Nomos watch, was very much looking forward to this particular brand and wasn't disappointed in the least. Sturdy material, well put together, and the spring bars are easy to use and seem very solid.
Perlon is one of my new favorites to pair with watches for a breathable alternative to a SS bracelet. These are great, the buckle works, but would like a brushed option as well.
Comfortable with a motor sports feel and looks.
I purchased this band for warm weather activities like hiking, so I don't have to worry about sweat ruining anything. This band is very comfortable even when it's hot out, and it looks great. It's a good length for smaller, sub-7 inch wrists like mine, and I like how it doesn't attract dust or lint like the silicone bands do. Great band!
I bought this in 20MM to put on my Zodiac Super Sea Wolf 53 and I think the watch is completely at home on this bracelet. It feels like a quality bracelet and has the perfect vintage vibe for the vintage inspired Sea Wolf. I have a Breitling Super Ocean with the mesh and, of course, the Breitling feels a little more robust and is thicker but both have the same comfort level. I like that this bracelet doesn't taper like the Breitling does. I am completely satisfied with this purchase!
Placed this strap on my Sinn 104. High quality, thick rugged looking strap, yet very flexible and comfortable on the wrist with virtually no break in time needed. Enhances the already good wrist presence of the watch.Likely will order the brown strap as well in the near future.
Very fast shipping from Holben’s and excellent customer service, responded very promptly to my question via e mail.
Will look to Holben’s again for all my watch strap needs.
The Hirsch Liberty is a very well crafted quality strap at a great price! It’s thick yet remains soft and subtle. The workmanship and materials are first rate. I can easily recommend this strap.
I like the Hirsch Pure caoutchouc straps so much, I've put them on all my dive watches. They don't attract lint like silicone rubber straps, are WAY more comfortable, and hardier to boot. Worth every penny. Availability in a 'short' length is icing on the cake. I've bought five or six of them from Holben's now. Outstanding in every way.
I am amazed by the quality of this haveston nato strap. I buy straps regularly and like to switch them for different occasions. I have so many natos and singles and any kind of straps from many companies but honestly I am very pleased and impressed by the high quality of this. I know it is a little bit pricey for a nato strap but with this silky appearance, this strap is something different . I purchased this specifically for my Breitling superocean II 42 mm, and should say it is little bit thick to slide under the pins but it is just as good as something produced for this watch . I am very happy about this purchase and will get other colors for my other watches as well. Holbens customer service is phenomenal as well and shipping is free and Owners are very special people . I am addicted to Holbens what can I say. I also posted a photo at snupps.com to show my new strap to my watch enthusiasts. They don't like cheap items and they all amazed about this and of course Holbens as well.
Excellent quality leather, fine craftsmanship, would highly recommend and purchase again!
I purchased this to get the "Zissou" look on my Vostok Amphibia and I am beyond satisfied. The rubber is so subtle, comfortable and as others have stated, has that great vanilla smell. Having owned a Isofrane as well, this is by far the nicest rubber strap I have ever worn. Excellent customer service as well. Cheers!
Very well made . Youre getting more from what you pay for. Fast shipment . Highly recommended!
I bought another perlon strap for half this price but you get what you pay for. This one is actually engineered properly i.e. the edges are sealed nice and clean. I just wish they had a matte buckle option.
I had been eyeing this band for a while and am absolutely blown away by the quality. The sail cloth is soft but seems tough, the rubber is very comfortable and breathes excellent, and Hirsch has some of the best hardware around. I only regret not getting it sooner!
Again Holbens very fine watch straps!
Always look forward to getting these in the mail
It seems they’re always better than what they look like on the website
This one’s awesome super soft /Great looking really dresses the watch up
It’s truly like having a brand new watch
Put on my Laco pilots watch
My girl says it looks better than Bonds watched
Comfortable strap that looks as great as it feels on the wrist! Perfect for warmer weather and the adjustable keeper allows for a custom fit without having to tuck away the excess. Looks great with both white and blue dials.