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I've got this Calibre de Cartier watch with black alligator strap, and the strap is falling apart. I've been wearing it for about 4 years, and the color is coming off big time. I've never had such a problem with straps. Is this normal?

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Probably just seen use over the years and it is finally coming apart, and some straps are made much better than others.

Happens to well worn watches, so I would say it is time to get a new strap.
 

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In my experience, OEM Cartier straps are some of the best in the business, but there is no such thing as an indestructable strap. We have no idea what kind of abuse, or wear/tear you are putting it through. I'm not suggesting you are being intentially abusive, but if this is all you have been wearing for 4 years, you could be overstressing it.

Also, the Cartier deployment style is, in my mind, a poor design. They are very well made, but the way the system works, requiring a very thin (< 2mm) strap that is severly folded over onto itself is not ideal for strap longevity.

That the colour is coming off sounds odd - got any pics you care to share?
 
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