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    So I have a watch that I paid, oh I don't know, maybe $50 for. It's not a bad watch and makes it on my wrist maybe once every two weeks or so. I like the watch but...the strap is crap and I'd like to replace it.

    Yesterday I noticed a strap that I like quite a bit except the strap is $80. I ended up not buying the strap because the strap was/is more than I paid for the watch. But then it started me thinking. Maybe if I had a nicer strap I'd wear the watch more.

    Anyway. I thought I'd post up here to see if any of you gents have purchased straps for your watches where the strap costs more than the watch.

    Cheers.

    #2
    Originally posted by DocDave View Post
    So I have a watch that I paid, oh I don't know, maybe $50 for. It's not a bad watch and makes it on my wrist maybe once every two weeks or so. I like the watch but...the strap is crap and I'd like to replace it.

    Yesterday I noticed a strap that I like quite a bit except the strap is $80. I ended up not buying the strap because the strap was/is more than I paid for the watch. But then it started me thinking. Maybe if I had a nicer strap I'd wear the watch more.

    Anyway. I thought I'd post up here to see if any of you gents have purchased straps for your watches where the strap costs more than the watch.

    Cheers.
    I have not done this, but I would. If you really like the strap and it seems a perfect match for the watch then I would go for it. Sounds like you have a decent sized watch collection, so if you end up not wearing it as much as you think you will you could always just use the strap on a different watch down the road.

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      #3
      As long as you can use the strap for another watch, go for it.
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        #4
        Originally posted by Token View Post
        As long as you can use the strap for another watch, go for it.
        Yup. As long as it's something you can get a lot of mileage out of then I say go for it.

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          #5
          $130 for a watch you find yourself wearing pretty frequently that looks good on your wrist isn't a bad investment at all....especially if as others have said the band can be moved to a different one if you find you don't fancy the combo as much as you thought you might.

          Besides, one can easily spend over $400 on just a band alone...but alligator horn scales DO look rather dashing around the wrist, I must say.
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            #6
            I have shell cordovan straps on some of my watches and those are the ones I reach for the most. I have cheap natos on other watches and I never wear them.

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              #7
              I have a horween strap on a timex I got on clearance. Do it. A comfortable, good looking strap is worth it.

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                #8
                I bought a FFF horween chromexcel button stud strap for my Casio Edifice a couple years back. They each basically cost the the same amount. I've worn it a ton and it fits on all of my other watches as well, so I've swapped it between them a bunch of times.

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                  #9
                  Thanks. I do have the spring bar and other watches in the same lug size as the more expensive band. So I could theoretically move the strap between watches too.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by idvsego View Post
                    I have a horween strap on a timex I got on clearance. Do it. A comfortable, good looking strap is worth it.
                    Yup, completely agree here.

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                      #11
                      I think it depends on the watch. If the watch is plastic and looks cheap that is one thing. Probably such a watch wouldn't look good with a leather band anyway.

                      Also if you plan to resell the watch, I wouldn't package then together.

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                        #12
                        Yeah, this is for the Nomos Tangente homage that I purchased a while back. I like the watch but don't wear it often and I'm sure the strap is part of the reason.

                        I agree about the point of selling watch/change out the strap.

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                          So here's the watch and the strap. I went with a Hirsch Alligator. The strap is still quite stiff so I'm hoping it will loosen up with use.


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                            #14
                            Originally posted by DocDave View Post


                            So here's the watch and the strap. I went with a Hirsch Alligator. The strap is still quite stiff so I'm hoping it will loosen up with use.


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                            Looking good! I bought a Hirsch strap for an Orient I had back in the day and I loved it! It was the plain brown one, though, not the Alligator, so I don't know if that'll make a difference. Mine was a bit stiff, too, at first, but it took all of a week for it start to really mold to my wrist.

                            The Orient was good on it's own, but the nicer strap made it 10x more fun to wear. I hope you have a similar (or better!) experience with yours...

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                              #15
                              Thanks! I guess I need to wear the watch more for the strap to loosen up. I am a bit concerned the strap might be too narrow, but we'll see.

                              And I hear ya on the Orient strap. I have a Bambino and man. Great watch but terrible strap. As soon as I replaced the strap I was much happier with the watch.

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