An evolving category in the watch market are replacement aftermarket products not intended to mimic the original, but rather to improve or change the way the watch looks and feels. One of those companies entering into this category is Everest Horology. On August 10th, 2012 Everest Band releases the EH-1, a medical-grade silicone strap designed specifically for Rolex sport watches including the Explorer II, Submariner, DeepSea, and GMT. Unlike most other replacement straps, the Everest EH-1 is designed to fit the Rolex watch head exactly with a fit very similar to Rolex’s original Oyster bracelet.
Everest Horology is not the first company to manufacture a replacement silicone strap for Rolex. Another company, RubberB has been producing silicone Rolex replacement straps for almost two years and it is easy to make comparisons between the two because they both have a penchant for detail and quality. Although Everest Horology and RubberB straps look similar, the Everest EH-1 Band was designed completely from scratch without attempting to mimic Rolex’s Oyster bracelet. Other than an Oyster link look at the watch head end of the strap, the Everest EH-1 Band has a different shape and slightly different profile than Rolex’s Oyster bracelet and RubberB’s strap. One notable difference between Everest’s design over the RubberB’s is that Everest’s is designed for Rolex’s Easy Link, a half-link extension that hides under Rolex’s newer Oyster clasps. Additionally, Everest Horology’s EH-1 Band is made in the United States whereas RubberB’s strap is manufactured in Switzerland.