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    Question Bracelet vs. Strap - which do you prefer an why?

    Leather strap / gator strap / etc...
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    Which do you prefer and why? Do you find one more formal than the other? More casual ?

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    Re: Bracelet vs. Strap - which do you prefer an why?

    I prefer either bracelets or RAF style straps due to comfort, though love the look of a well-worn vintage leather strap

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    Re: Bracelet vs. Strap - which do you prefer an why?

    leather makes me feel icky, like using rented bowling shoes.... sweat, water, eventually it feels weird. rubber makes it stick to my skin and i find it uncomfortable. Bracelet is my preference, and if its sized correctly it feels worlds better than leather or rubber. i recently picked up NATOs from Daluca and i must say i like them a lot, but maratac or other natos i hate.
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    Re: Bracelet vs. Strap - which do you prefer an why?

    Straps are classic, comfortable and allow varied "looks" from the same unit... If ANYBODY tells you a bracelet is more comfortable than a strap....they've never worn one made with Horween leather.
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    Re: Bracelet vs. Strap - which do you prefer an why?

    Quote Originally Posted by watermanxxl View Post
    If ANYBODY tells you a bracelet is more comfortable than a strap....they've never worn one made with Horween leather.
    LOL!!!! weirdo... btw, shrunken leather from germany is softer than horween.

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    Re: Bracelet vs. Strap - which do you prefer an why?

    Both. It really depends on the watch and the look you're trying to get from the combo. For my Monster, I'm one of the few that prefers the Seiko rubber strap. Also took the bracelet off my Rado Original Diver and got their rubber strap. For my Speedmaster I prefer the bracelet, though I've worn it on a croc strap. For my DeVille that I'm wearing today, I bought and kept this watch specifically for the bracelet, which is the "brickworks" style that Omega first used on their Luxe version of the Constellation back in the 50's. Just a really cool design and fits me perfectly. I also have an old Seiko World Time with a "fish scales" bracelet that is really cool.

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    Re: Bracelet vs. Strap - which do you prefer an why?

    Quote Originally Posted by Memphis1 View Post
    LOL!!!! weirdo... btw, shrunken leather from germany is softer than horween.
    I was under the impression that the discussion was a "bracelet versus strap"...not "leather versus leather"? Name calling because you disagree with someone's opinion...would make you twelve. Or a "troll"...

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    Re: Bracelet vs. Strap - which do you prefer an why?

    I like the look of both for certain situations.

    I find metal bracelets to have a chunky masculine look that goes well for a lot of situations.
    I find croc bands to look very formal and go well with dressy clothes.
    I find calf leather (especially with contrast stitching) to look very casual and goes well with casual attire.

    I find them all comfortable if they are sized right.

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    Re: Bracelet vs. Strap - which do you prefer an why?

    Leather in the winter. Bracelet and NATO in the summer.
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    Re: Bracelet vs. Strap - which do you prefer an why?

    I prefer bracelets. Longer lasting, more versatile and better looking. IMO leather watchbands, particularly on a dress watch, often look a touch effeminate
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