Couldn't agree more. I am not looking at the gold model because quite frankly I am going to ditch the band for a alligator strap in brown. The combo of a brown and tan dial matched with a brown leather band is really pushing me to pull the trigger. If they aren't popular all the better as my watch will be more unique.
I will say that I am not a not a huge fan of the Rootbeer GMT with the gold or gold and steel band. Maybe it's too much or that to me the brown and tan just don't work well with steel and or gold. But with leather...for me it sings.