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Genuine alligator strap for watch

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by johnnynorman3, Jun 8, 2005.

  1. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Distinguished Member

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    The time has come to change the strap on my favorite watch. There is currently a black leather croco-grain leather strap on it (this is the strap that the store had put on it). I'm going to go with a dark brown strap on it this time. I can get either a plain calf or a croco-grain calf strap for about $25. I can get a genuin alligator skin strap for $75. What are the benefits to spending this extra $50?
     


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    I would spend the extra money (heck, it's not my money). I've found that the croc-grain calf bands are stiff and the real croc has much more flexibility...wears easier.
     


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    JN3, I feel good that I may be helpful to you. You have answered many queries of mine. Take a look at http://www.watchbandsbyfox.com/ for straps. Pretty good prices and colours. -
     


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    I think the real thing looks better. Plus, it's real.

    I wouldn't get a calf with the croco pattern. It's as if it's trying to be something it's not.
     


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    I agree with earnest's "croc is for gangster" mentality. The ostrich on that site looks very lush though.
     


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    JN3- What type of watch are you adding a strap? If it's a dress watch of decent quality, I would opt for croc over croco-calf--the same rule for shoes applies to straps. Browns, especially lighter honey-colored straps, really demonstrate the difference between croc and embossed calf. Even matte blacks, which I added to my own sport watch, look noticeable different with the real thing. That being said, there are a few convincing croco-calf straps on the market, but those will run around $30-40 even at discount. My advice would be to buy a plain brown, oiled calfskin strap and use the savings to add a S/S deployant if you don't already have one. Way more comfortable than a stock buckle, and you're virtually guaranteed not to drop your timepiece.
     


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    It's a 1952 Omega. Not sure of the style name. Plain, stainless steel case, with a champagne, plain face. It's a versatile watch, albeit definitely not a sport watch. Very plain and understated.

    It has the original buckle, so I don't want to go with a S/S deployant clasp -- and I actually find the regular buckle more comfortable than a deployant. I'll look into the regular oiled calf as well.
     


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    JN3,

    Sounds like a great classic watch.

    I agree with ATM, go with the real thing, calf or croc.

    Fake croc is . . . fake.

    I'm a big fan of the plain calf, and think it has a very nice look. If I saw it on someone, I'd view them as being sensible about their watch strap purchase. After all, the strap is gonna go out in 6 months to a year, so why drop the extra money?

    If I saw the real croc, I'd be impressed with the persons taste and dedication to their watch.

    Of course, if you get the illness, you can buy an inexpensive tool and switch your straps on your own - putting the real croc on for events, and the calf for daily wear.
     


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    The benefit = having a croco strap.

    Generally last longer and looks better.

    But a $ 75 croco is not a good strap.

    The average price for a nice strap is around $150.
     


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    (johnnynorman3 @ June 08 2005,16:24) The time has come to change the strap on my favorite watch. Â There is currently a black leather croco-grain leather strap on it (this is the strap that the store had put on it). Â I'm going to go with a dark brown strap on it this time. Â I can get either a plain calf or a croco-grain calf strap for about $25. Â I can get a genuin alligator skin strap for $75. Â What are the benefits to spending this extra $50?
    The benefit = having a croco strap. Generally last longer and looks better. But a $ 75 croco is not a good strap. The average price for a nice strap is around $150.
    What sort of people do you reckon buy croco? (I feel a haiku coming on....)
     


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