For all the DOXA fans who might be considering this combination I present to you my Sub 1200T Searambler on an orange ISOfrane strap:
Most accurate of the quick photos:
Wrist shots - before and after (I have 6.5 - 6.75 inch wrists and wear my straps/bracelets fairly tight):
"Bead of Rice"
A few thoughts:
Even the smallest DOXAs occupy a lot of wrist space but removing the extra metal reduces the footprint and really brings the cushioned case - my favorite aspect of DOXAs - into the spotlight (Check out the two wrist shots to see what I mean). For this reason I think ISOfrane straps are an especially good choice for those folks like myself with wrists smaller than say seven inches (I'm 6.5 - 6.75).
I'm usually more conservative with my choices, but since I chickened out on a Professional way back when, I figured I'd take a less expensive chance on an orange strap and see how I feel out about an overdose of classic orange. It turns out this strap ties in nicely with the orange cues on the bezel and hands and gives the conservative looking Searambler an extra sporty feel.
"Extra sporty feel" or "too sporty" is the question since this strap does change the nature of the watch. My wife says it looks more like a toy now and there's no denying that a black ISOfrane would have provided a more professional/workmanlike appearance - not a bad thing at all for such a capable dive watch. I'm honestly not sure which side of the fence I come down on yet. For now, I'm sticking with orange since I've got a box full of watches with metal bracelets and dark straps and figure I may as well make one of my more unique looking watches even more offbeat.
Due to its exotic appearance, the Searambler was one of the few sport watches that I felt comfortable wearing with fancier clothes. I'd go as far to say that on the beads of rice bracelet the 1200T Searambler is practiacally the perfect vacation watch. Without the bracelet (or even a black ISOfrane) that's now out the window. This is way more of a lap swimming/shorts and flip-flops type of watch than it used to be.
I choose the ISOfrane strap over the official DOXA strap based on other users reviews who noted that the extra sturdy construction of the DOXA straps made them bow out from the sides of the case when worn be people with smaller wrists.
Initially I found that this bracelet much harder to remove than other bracelets I owned. I think that secret is that DOXA's end links fit very snuggly into the lugs so you need to apply a fair amount of pressure on the top of those end links with the fingers/thumb on one hand while simultaneously using the spring bar tool and pulling away from the lugs with the digits on your other hand. On one side I didn't even realize that both ends of the spring bar were free of the lug holes at first. Once I did I needed to tug at both sides of the bracelet to free it from the lugs. The process will go smoother next time and I think the snug fit is a real benefit for a watch that could potentially get banged around some.
Watches I'd like to see DOXA make:
Sub 1200T with a no-logo turquoise dial
Sub 1200T-Graph (Searambler of course)