Oh cool -- thanks for popping this thread up again. Still experimenting with straps on my 40mm Bronze. Looking forward to warmer ocean temps so I can get on with the "natural" patina process. Funny, I didn't keep my 1st 42mm green dial bronze. It had really poor finishing, and was a tad cumbersome. Have to say the updated 40mm model is much more enjoyable. Seems Helson has taken better control of QC as the models get refreshed.
Yeh, I know it's a little shiny, but I don't mind. Bronze has such a nice warm tone. The patina will come....