Does anyone out there share my newly-acquired dislike of big (pre-V) type buckles? I’ve bought my share of straps with this over-the-top fastening and quite liked them, but all of a sudden I realised how out of proportion they are to most people’s watches or indeed wrists! I am a strap lover (I take off all bracelets as a matter of course, they remind me of card-sharps and bookmakers) and just last week I was looking for a tan leather replacement for a big chunk of articulated metal on a chronograph. I searched fleaBay and all the usual suspects, including the straps and bracelets sales forum here, and finally came across a plain, discreetly stitched calf leather band with a ‘normal’ sized traditional buckle. It was a revelation – and I suddenly realised that the no-frills strap perfectly complements a watch rather than overwhelms it. For the record ( I live in the UK) the strap was a JA Willson 22mm, a budget brand from Di Modell made to German high standards in the Far East. It cost me under ten British pounds, and I love it!