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So I'm pretty sure my next watch will be a leather strap dress watch, probably in the 5000-6000 dollar range (JLC Master Control is my top choice).

One hesitation I have is I have no owned nor worn a leather-strap watch in probably 20 years or so. So I'm not too sure if I'll like it and such. I'm thinking of getting a VERY inexpensive leather strap dress watch (like an Orient Bambino or something), and trying that out for maybe a couple of weeks to see how I acclimate to the leather strap and if the dressier watch works for me.

The other option would be just to go used and flip if I don't like it, but even that's a bit of a pain in the arse when you are talking about something that's probably going to be $4000 or so used.

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i'm about to receive a Bambino, I've heard that leather straps have to be broken in to be comfortable so your experience may be skewed out of the box.
that said, i'll tell you whether it's comfortable enough compared to a bracelet or not when i get it. my advice would be to just buy a strap for an existing watch though.
 

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When I got my seiko, I put it on a Hirsch strap, and it went from a plasticky uncomfortable pos, to a watch I couldn't believe. Point is, the leather makes a big difference.


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Yea that's a good point. Maybe I'll get a nice strap instead and put it on one of my existing watches as someone suggested.
This seems like a better option, unless you could purchase the Bambino or Union from Orient, wear it for a bit, and gift it to a friend or family member afterwards!
 

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As I was reading the thread, I am looking at my Mondaine weekend beater on my wrist, that I just put a new Hirsch strap on.
- Feels nice and broken in day one.

As suggested above, get a decent leather strap, and try it out on a watch you have, that is close in size to the one you are looking at.
I am Hirsch for quite a few straps now. I even changed my factory leather strap on my Raymond Weil day one to a Hirsch.

I now only have 1 bracelet left installed, on my Explorer II, and I have not had that watch out of the case for 3 weeks ( +?? )

It has been all leather straps or Rubber straps ( GMT Master and SD on RubberB ) as of late.

Strange how things changed for me, the past year going from almost all bracelet to all ( excluding one ) strap of one kind or another.

The 2 new ones in process, one is an ISOFrane and the other is getting a Hadley Roma Rubber tropical rubber drive strap on it.
 

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for every 'expensive' watch I have, there was a homage before it to confirm that it fit and sat well on my wrist.
 

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If you've never had a dressy watch on a leather strap before, then it is certainly worth buying an inexpensive dress watch on a leather strap to see how it works with your needs.

Consider getting the $375 Beijing Beihai 2.0 watch, with the SB18 manual wind movement that has blued screws and gold chatons. It comes on a decent lizard leather strap, and is a beautiful watch in its own right.

Beijing Beihai 2.0 SB18 manual hand-winding mechanical watch




Another nice option is the Orient Star Classic EL05004W,



which is aesthetically very similar to my Orient 60th Anniversary Limited Edition.

 
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I would suggest looking at the watches you have, determine which looks best on a strap and get a quality strap for it. Two things happen, you get a experience a quality strap since cheap straps are usually uncomfortable for at least a short time if not forever AND you get to have it on a watch you already know how it feels on a bracelet so you get a direct comparison to a bracelet.
 

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Get the JLC. Trust me, you won't be disappointed and will get used to the leather strap. If you get one of their ultra thin pieces you'll sometimes even forget it is on your wrist, especially if you are traditionally used to wearing something much heavier.

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So I'm pretty sure my next watch will be a leather strap dress watch, probably in the 5000-6000 dollar range (JLC Master Control is my top choice).

One hesitation I have is I have no owned nor worn a leather-strap watch in probably 20 years or so. So I'm not too sure if I'll like it and such. I'm thinking of getting a VERY inexpensive leather strap dress watch (like an Orient Bambino or something), and trying that out for maybe a couple of weeks to see how I acclimate to the leather strap and if the dressier watch works for me.

The other option would be just to go used and flip if I don't like it, but even that's a bit of a pain in the arse when you are talking about something that's probably going to be $4000 or so used.

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why not get something on a metal strap which you can interchange with leather and then change back if you dont like it.
 

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i'm about to receive a Bambino, I've heard that leather straps have to be broken in to be comfortable so your experience may be skewed out of the box.
that said, i'll tell you whether it's comfortable enough compared to a bracelet or not when i get it. my advice would be to just buy a strap for an existing watch though.
Not always true...I've had a few that were so comfortable, no break in at all...Others, a little stiff....You just have to try...If it's hot and humid
where you live, I suggest a Sail Cloth strap, no break in, washable, cheap and good looking.
 

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I got my first leather strapped 'value' watch recently and upgraded the band to real alligator. Depending on how much you wear the watch and in what weather, bands may need replaced every year or two. I'm almost of the camp to never use the original strap, which would make it much more valuable if ever resold. Once broken in, a strap is more comfortable than a bracelet but less versatile... being more limiting around moisture, hot weather, dirt, etc...



 

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Getting a leather strap for trial purposes should definitely be useful, but if you don't have any dressier watches, it's not just the strap which must receive the trial run. There are lots of great dress watches at each budget level, so get one of those - ideally, one that has similar dimensions to Master Control.

An acquaintance of mine typically purchases an homage of any watch before pulling the trigger on the genuine article, just to get something of an idea of how it fits him.
 

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Sounds like a good plan. Buy a nice leather strap for one of your existing watches and if you get on with it you can pull the trigger on the JLC.
 
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