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Real alligator strap vs embossed cow leather - functional/durable comparison

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Based on my search, this topic has been done here before but the threads seem to get off topic before there’s much of an answer or consensus.

I’m only interested in the functional difference between authentic alligator straps and their much cheaper embossed leather counterparts. Will gator last longer? Is it more wear or water resistant? What are the actual useful benefits of real gator? Etc.

Or or is it just a pricey luxury strap material that feels better and looks better (arguably I’m sure)?
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Interesting. I’m debating between a Hirsch embossed leather and a Hirsch real alligator. So, though your IWC is not a Hirsch, you find the alligator to be more comfortable and wearable. Is the gator more flexible on your wrist? Or breathable? What makes it more comfortable?

At 5x the price of the embossed ($45 vs $255), I’m really trying to decide if the alligator is worth it.
I may just do the Duke...
PM me your address if 20mm will fit and I will send you mine to "try".
Awesome offer! I'd take you up on it, but I went ahead and ordered the Duke. I'm all set!
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