This is a discussion on Rubber watch bands? within the Watches forums, part of the Everything But Cigars category; Rubber bands are great. Very durable and comfortable. Nylon is exactly what everyone said.... Stinky. I really want to get ...
I'm coming a little late to the party, but I had to toss my vote in.
About a month or so ago I picked up this Smith & Wesson Soldier. It's tritium(7 tube), and water resistant. You can also get them with a rubber band. I did get the rubber band originally, but I didn't quite like it. So I got the fabric band as well (very easy to clean). This watch is very sturdy, and does take quite a beating. With the rubber band on it you can also wear it with a suit, and it fits right in.
If you look a bit you can find them for around $70 shipped. That is my late vote for a watch that can take a beating.