I love it awesome strap manFinally decided on what kind of strap I wanted, and I think I chose well.
Hirsch "Paul" Performance gator-embossed strap. Channeled rubber on the backside, gator-look embossed "waterproof" leather on the outside.
I pretty much only take my watches off to shower, and don't really swap straps often, so I wanted something that won't get ruined from wearing it 23.5 hours a day, every day, even in the sweaty heat of summer, and I like that rubber/silicone doesn't slip and flop around at a comfortable size.
I usually throw everything I've owned on cheaper barton silicone straps for those reasons, but wanted to go a bit nicer for this watch. This ticked all my boxes, especially being available in a shorter length to accommodate my 6.25" wrist. I went for the gator-embossed over regular leather to add some visual interest to the strap, and I really liked the alligator factory strap, but am not a fan of black & glossy materials.
Initial impressions: Wonderful. I've had it on for about an hour and it's already started to loosen up and come to form. Even being loose right now, it's not moving at all. It's slightly darker, less shiny and the stitching doesn't contrast as much as I expected - all very good things for me.
That was a lot of words for just a fancy rubber strap. How about some pictures?
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