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Finally 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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I love it awesome strap man
 

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Finally 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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That’s a really cool looking strap!


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I'm with you, only taking my watches off to shower or do the washing up. I wonder how many others sleep in their watches? I've always done it since a child and never thought twice about it.
 

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Finally 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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Very nice strap. What is length size? I have very similar wrist size


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Thanks, everyone! about 24 hours in now, and I'm wishing it was forming a little better around my wrist, rather than staying stiff and squeezing the sides, pushing the watch head upwards. Seems like they used some pretty solid material for long wear, which also means long break-in, so it'll probably be a few days before it gets to that nice comfy wrap-around.

Very nice strap. What is length size? I have very similar wrist size


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Thank you. It's a 110/70mm, I ordered from Holbens. Conveniently, they let you filter lug size and strap length. I'm on the third from last hole with the original pin buckle and it still has a pretty short tail out the other side, can't hardly see it.
 

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Hi René, really love that strap. Where did you buy it? (Sorry if you get asked this a lot.)
Hi there...and thanks for the compliment.

This is a brown suede strap from Atelier DeGriff out of Belgium. I think their online store is closed at the moment for upgrades and stock replenishment. Hopefully they'll be open again soon. Definitely check them out; they make beautiful, high quality straps.

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Hi there...and thanks for the compliment.

This is a brown suede strap from Atelier DeGriff out of Belgium. I think their online store is closed at the moment for upgrades and stock replenishment. Hopefully they'll be open again soon. Definitely check them out; they make beautiful, high quality straps.

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Awesome, thank you very much!
 

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Hi there...and thanks for the compliment.

This is a brown suede strap from Atelier DeGriff out of Belgium. I think their online store is closed at the moment for upgrades and stock replenishment. Hopefully they'll be open again soon. Definitely check them out; they make beautiful, high quality straps.

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René
He also did a pretty good 5-year review video on his, where he not only holds it under a running faucet but also does so with a leather strap on it, while talking about how he would swim with it on! The INSANITY

🤣🤣🤣

Yours, and the one in his video, both look really thick, which is appealing to me.
 

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He also did a pretty good 5-year review video on his, where he not only holds it under a running faucet but also does so with a leather strap on it, while talking about how he would swim with it on! The INSANITY

🤣🤣🤣

Yours, and the one in his video, both look really thick, which is appealing to me.
The strap might look thick, but I don't think it's any thicker than most good quality leather straps. The thing I cannot stress enough is how soft, pliable, and extremely comfortable this strap is.

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The strap might look thick, but I don't think it's any thicker than most good quality leather straps. The thing I cannot stress enough is how soft, pliable, and extremely comfortable this strap is.

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Gotcha. Looked like it was about 5mm+ throughout, where most are around 3-4mm. Soft and pliable sounds pretty nice right now, as that's the total opposite of this Hirsch rubber that I'm still working on breaking in. Gonna give it some time and hope it becomes more comfortable, otherwise I may just have to deal with the idea of replacing leather every 6-12 months from wearing it all the time.
 
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