I just purchased and received a brand new Mark XVII on the alligator strap. I love the watch, but I'm kind of disappointed with the quality of the strap. I wanted to know if any other Mark XVII owners felt that the alligator strap was a bit subpar for a luxury watch. To me it sort of resembles cheap leather straps that look too plastic-like. I even went as far as to call the dealer about this, and a rep asked me to send photos, which I did. She reviewed the photos and said the strap was exactly as it should be. She also instructed me to bend the strap backward, saying that genuine alligator will not crack or crease like leather. The strap passed the test (as far as I could tell), but I still feel blah about the overall quality. Below are the photos I sent her. Tell me what you guys think, especially those out there with this same exact watch and strap. Thanks!