Many thanks for your review. Sounds great!OK, here’s a requested review of the Erika’s Original MN strap after only two days of having it.
It was $58 (including shipping) and took about 2 weeks from ordering to arrival in the Midwest US. When you unpack it, the strap is not overly impressive. It feels a little crinkly or something. It’s kind of stiff and a little elastic. Of all things, it seems to me much like a slightly fancy version of the elastic band in my underwear. Stripe and all. Not to be too personal or anything.
It’s a little difficult to get the clasp to attach to the buckle. I need several attempts to get it to connect. But that means it will be difficult to disconnect accidentally. And I’ve read that it becomes very easy to do once you’ve had it for a while. I’m only past day #2 so far.
Wearing the band, however, and my impression rises very high. It’s really comfortable, to the point of, essentially, forgetting it’s there. It’s a significant difference from the stock rubber band in this regard. Being infinitely adjustable, rather than having holes, helps. The material being sort of a cloth and a little flexible helps. Yes, it’s the most comfortable watch strap I’ve ever tried. Just like people say. Although I’m only a bit under a year of being really into this watch silliness, so don’t put too much into what I say here.
I definitely like the lower profile of this strap compared to the stock rubber strap. I posted more photos at the top of page 120 of this thread. A photo of the back side is below. It hugs the wrist more closely and makes the whole watch + strap appear to be more svelte. And I also like the absence of a strap end hanging out, sometimes falling out of the keeper. The stock rubber strap is plenty nice and it’s worth keeping around for the sake of having some variety. But, so far, I definitely prefer the Erika strap.
Value is a personal thing. To my tastes, this strap is super and definitely worth the cost. I like it a lot. How it looks is also a personal thing. For this watch, I think that it’s great. (Again, see photos on page 120.) But I’d say that it’s not going to fit with every watch. For example, I don’t see it working well on a dress watch. It is a great match with a good diver. Overall, I’m very glad that I got this band. There seems to be a lot of hype around this strap. And I now think that the hype is deserved.
Is the left side of the strap slightly defect? On the picture there appears some white stitching.