Mine actually came with a leather strap, wasn't particularly fond of it, or titanium bracelets in general, but that's just me. Always been overly heavy for my taste, the bracelet that is. Got this strap from timefactors and I love it, with caveats of course. Would have prefered polished hardware instead of bead blasted. I love the watch for all the reasons you listed, and for $180 total, not bad.