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  1. 28thParallel

    28thParallel May 25, 2020

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    Hello all,

    New member here and I’m looking at making my first TAG purchase. I was wondering if anyone could give me some insight on the average life expectancy of TAG’s rubber straps. I have my eye on an F1 Quartz Chronograph. I’ve owned watches of lesser quality in the past that had rubber straps but they all eventually failed. Either the keepers break or the band itself becomes stiff and breaks. Having seen TAG’s rubber straps in person I get the impression they are of much higher quality material compared to what I’ve owned. I’m sure a lot a factors affect the life expectancy of rubber straps such as perspiration, exposure to sunlight, frequency of wearing, etc., so I’m wondering what experiences you guys have had. Did you have any failures with your rubber strap and did you find it difficult to get a genuine replacement? I remember reading somewhere that TAG stocks parts for 10 years for a particular watch. This purchase will most likely be my only TAG purchase. I do like the rubber straps but if it’s unrealistic to expect 20 years out of a rubber strap then I’ll most likely choose a model with a steel bracelet.
     
  2. Jim Dollares

    Jim Dollares May 25, 2020

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    I have only been a Tag nerd for 3 years and the only Tag rubber strap I own is 6 months old but I doubt that any rubber strap used on a regular basis will last 20 years. Rubber straps are quite cheap so maybe you could buy 2 spares and put them in vacuum packaging that you store in a dark box :p
     
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  3. Jim Dollares

    Jim Dollares May 25, 2020

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    Oh, welcome to the best forum in the world by the way :cool: we look forward to upcoming photos of your F1
     
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  4. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph May 25, 2020

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    1. Welcome to the forum
    2. You can get replacement keepers from eBay....
    3. Why not get the bracelet and buy the rubber strap as well? Rubber straps probably come out about £60
    It's cheaper to buy the watch on the bracelet and the rubber as a spare than the other way around.
    4. I wouldn't put much store into the ten years thing, TAG Heuer have stocks of straps from the 80s - not all of them, but some.
     
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  5. 28thParallel

    28thParallel May 25, 2020

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    Thanks, Jim. I’ll be sure to share some photos.
     
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  6. 28thParallel

    28thParallel May 25, 2020

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    Thank you. I looked for direct replacements on TAG’s website but only found the straps for the Connected series. I assume that’s something you have inquire with customer service about purchasing?
     
  7. Jim Dollares

    Jim Dollares May 25, 2020

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    Any authorized dealer should be able to order straps for you
     
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  8. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph May 25, 2020

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    Yes, what Jim said. Prices vary massively - fitted Aquaracer rubbers are over £100 but I'm pretty sure F1s start around £45...
     
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  9. Albert-AMG

    Albert-AMG May 25, 2020

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    Hi and welcome @28thParallel !

    My longer experience with TAG Heuer rubber straps comes from my Micrograph, more than 15 years old, and the strap is still in good shape, and very flexible
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    There are no cracks or any indication that it can break. It still has a long time to go, so I can confirm you that TAG Heuer use high quality rubber :thumbsup:

    And also the TAG Heuer spare parts service is great and you can buy straps from watches much older than 10 years. For instance, I ordered in my usual Authorized Dealer the original bracelet and the original leather strap for a 25 years old TAG Heuer, and they came very soon and at very reasonable price :thumbsup:
     
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  10. 28thParallel

    28thParallel May 26, 2020

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    Thank you, everyone!
     
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  11. dtf

    dtf May 26, 2020

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    I've been wearing my rubber strapped aquaracer for about 5 years, I've have been fairly careful not to spill petrol or thinners on it, but it's still in really good condition.

    No cracks, still flexible, not sticky. It is a little bit polished
     
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  12. ExpiredWatchdog

    ExpiredWatchdog May 26, 2020

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    First post here on Calibre11, sauntered over here from Omegaforums on a suggestion. I have a CAJ2180 and a WAK2180, each on a rubber bracelet. I bought both GM but I'm guessing they were made in the early teens so maybe 8 years old. You wouldn't be able to tell them from new.

    They both get cleaned occasionally in an ultrasonic with warm water and a dash of liquid dish soap.
     
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