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7 Reasons Men are Replacing Their Silicone Apple Watch Bands With Vulcanized Rubber

(Updated) October 2023 - By Ben Barton

Now in its 9th iteration with additions like the Ultra and Ultra 2—the popularity of the Apple Watch has seen a huge market emerge for third party bands.

However, for the longest time, there's been a conspicuous hole in the market. Where do you turn for a quality, fairly-priced, luxury watch band that’s both durable and strong enough for the outdoors, but also formal enough to wear with something less casual? Especially if you've just bought yourself the new Ultra 2.

The answer is; the Vulcan Series. Since selling out almost instantly after being launched—the Vulcan Series is now back with a whole new lineup of styles and is ready to transform your Apple Watch into a true luxury dive watch in the fashion of a Rolex, Breitling or Tag Heuer.

Here's how they achieved it...

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    They transform your Apple Watch into a classical luxury dive watch

    The Omega Seamaster, Breitling Superocean, Rolex Yacht-Master, what do these watches all have in common? Together they represent the apex of timepiece luxury. Timeless designs that transcend generational fashion and embody sheer class. This is the lineage from which the Vulcan Series draws inspiration. Your Apple Watch doesn't need to be a utilitarian piece of tech. With the highest-grade vulcanized rubber, unparalleled degrees of ruggedness, and impeccable European design, men are adopting the Vulcan Series to transform their Apple Watch into a genuine dive watch.

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    Made from one of the world’s most durable materials

    A quality rubber band is as much a quintessential part of a respectable timepiece collection as leather or metal bands. It’s incredibly durable, lightweight, and surprisingly versatile fashion-wise. Whether hitting the gym, the spreadsheets, or the night scene, the rubber band is something of an all-day tour de force. The issue is, many self-styled rubber bands are actually silicone—a synthetic rubber and plastic hybrid, or low-grade, untreated rubber. Vulcanized rubber, though challenging to produce, is where it’s at. Through a chemical process of superheating rubber, powerful cross-links are formed at the molecular level, giving the material superior tensile strength, resilience, and elasticity; making it one of the most durable materials in the world.

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    Now available in a brand new range of contemporary styles

    The original Vulcan Series was made available in sleek Midnight Black with a choice of silver or black detailing for the Butterfly Clasp. Demand was unexpected and, though Longvadon knew from the start they might be onto a winner, the range quickly sold out. Now the Vulcan Series comes in five all-new styles; Midnight Black, Red Camouflage, Army Green, Navy Blue, Steel Gray, and Snow White. Plus, if like us you're struggling to pick just one, buy one of each and save up to 40% with their Buy More — Save More offer.

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    Compatible with all Apple Watches, including Series 9 and the Ultra 1 & 2

    With so many Apple Watches now floating around, one of the biggest concerns men have is whether a band will actually fit as it should. Nothing ruins a stylish look more than a band, that is clearly the wrong size, not sitting flush with the watch face. This issue is even more apparent if you own one of the non-standard models such as the Ultra or new Ultra 2. Fortunately, precision engineering and attention to detail mean the Vulcan Series fits securely and looks as it should, even on the latest Apple Watches.

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    The hallmark of a luxury dive watch—the deployant clasp

    Earning its name from the distinct two-hinge opening mechanism evocative of a butterfly spreading its wings, the butterfly clasp is the mechanism of choice for premium watch straps. Favored for its seamless look and increased security, you will find the deployant clasp on almost all your favorite dive watches. Here Longvadon has included its own signature model, complete with a secure double-push mechanism and understated branding beautifully engraved into the stainless steel. It’s these little quality touches that elevate the Vulcan Series beyond other pale imitations.

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    Designed by lifelong watch enthusiasts and founders of Longvadon

    Longvadon was founded by two French brothers with a desire to see the Apple Watch transformed into a luxury timepiece. With one eye set on the design icons of the past and another trained on the future of the watch industry, they set out on a journey to elevate a man’s alliance with his Apple Watch. Already a trusted hand within the industry, Robin sold his original watch company to forge a formidable partnership with his brother Sebastian and together they have created one of the most respected and recognized Apple Watch band names to date.

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    A true luxury product priced for All

    As the Apple Watch has continued to gain in popularity, so too has the range of designer bands made available. The problem is, hyper-inflated prices see many of these products run into the hundreds and even thousands of $$$. Longvadon sought to redress this imbalance with an uncompromising approach to both quality and accessibility. Where else can you find real vulcanized rubber and a genuine stainless steel butterfly clasp for this price? An eye for detail from band to packaging, exceptional customer service, and complimentary shipping on all orders round out what is a premium experience from start to finish.

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