I was just looking at a great looking Alpina diver and stopped looking after I saw it had a proprietary rubber strap. I think for the average person they don't think about it but for oddballs like us, we hate them for the most part. I'm not in the market for watches right now as I've hit my limit and a bit of a bump in the road. But damn, I'd love to own that watch but I'd never buy one.
I guess what I'm saying is I wish they would cater to my needs rather than theirs. There are so many companies that do this, I find it frustrating when I like the watches. Especially when you hit the high end mark where their straps and bracelets can cost thousands of dollars. A buddy of mine has a GO blue dial big date and I think he said the bracelet was either 3 or 4K. I can only imaging what a leather strap would cost. I find that to be a little insane.