So i'm a huge Seiko fan, had mostly Seikos ever since I was a kid, currently I own a Premier Driect Drive, Velatura Direct Drive and Sportura Direct Drive.So, I have 3 questions regarding Seiko, for which i need your opinions.
1) Polyurethane Straps: Apparently, Seiko only uses these kind of straps (got one on my Velatura). It's extremely confortable and soft. My question is, what's the deal with the normal rubber straps Omegas, Panerai, Breitlings, etc use? Are they better then this? How do they compare? Or are they all polyurethane? Because there's a huge price difference when it comes to buying the straps separately. (Although I wish Seiko would start designing their rubber straps with a seiko loggo engraved on it, like Breitling or Panerai does?
2) Seiko vs Tag Heuer. A friend of mine once told me that from all the watch brands, Tag Heuer is the most overpriced and their quality lacks a lot, 1-2-3k$ watches being far behind premium seikos (premier, arctura, velatura, sportura, not to mention ananta and grand seiko, etc). Is that true? I never got to compare them, although when looking into the mirror at my local watch store, Seikos look really good, Omegas and Oris also good, but tbh Tag Heuer watches actually don't look like anything special. I've seen 2k$ Tags that look really plain and with minimum polishing.3) Regarding the Sportura collection (for those that are into the premium seikos). It's been 2 years since Seiko launched the new Sportura line (new model designs, those that have the case and bracelet that look like the new Sportura Direct Drive, Automatic Chrono, etc). Right now, in the new Sportura lineup, we have an Auto Chrono, Direct Drive Kinetic, Small Second Hand, Alarm Chrono quartz, Perpetual Alarm Chrono quartz. My question is what's up with the Kinetic Chronograph? They did include the movement in the new Arctura designs, why don't they lauch a Sportura Chrono Kinetic (with the new design). Anyone knows anything about this?10x