Just a random thought for this morning...
I'm not the type of person who is out there looking for or expecting compliments for anything I wear. It's always a surprise when a random stranger does compliment me for something I'm wearing. However, the times that I have received random compliments on my watch, more often, it turned out that the person actually liked the strap or bracelet and didn't seem interested in what the watch was.
For example, I used to wear a vintage Seamaster and a woman at an event complimented me on it with, "Ooooh I love your watch!" She asked to see it so I raised my wrist and started to explain "It's an older Omega..." but she seemed disinterested in the make/model. It was the lizard grain strap that caught her eye. "So pretty... fancy."
Another example - I was at a coffee shop last week and two of the employees took an interest in what I was wearing. "Let me see!!," one said. So I showed them and, again, they were not interested in the watch itself. They liked the mesh bracelet and commented that it was very stylish.
This type of thing has happened more than people taking an interest in the actual watch. The same thing happened when I used to wear an Aqua Terra - someone stopped me in a grocery store because they liked the shiny bracelet.
Has anyone else experienced this?
Edit: I should add that everything I wear usually looks pretty understated and I'm never wearing any wild or bright colored straps or bracelets. Never any gold either.