[quote]No, there are pictures of Barbera doing it in the book. Â Agnelli pioneered the practice, but it caught on among Italian dandies. Â I wouldn't exactly call it widespread now, but you do see it in Italy quite a bit. Â I have even seen Italian bespoke shirts with little straps on the outside of the cuff to hold the watchband in place. Â Â Â Â Â In Dressingg the Man p140 there is a picture of Jean Cocteau with his watch on his sleeve. Â Can anyone date his use Â before or after Agnelli? Â Â When St Augustine asked St Ambrose whether they should fast on Saturdays as Romans did or not fast as was the custom in Milan, Â St Ambrose replied, "When in Rome do as the Romans do." Â Â Â Â St Augustine accepted this advice and I shall also. Should I ever get to Rome I shall wear my watch on my sleeve but not before as outside of Italy the practice is simply an affectation. [quote]I do it everyday, my watch bands, other than grosgrain and leather, leave me with a nasty rash on my wrist. Â And whats wrong about grosgrain or leather?