Hey guys, long time lurker and new member here!
Ive searched and never seen a question like this come up, I must be an exception in asking.
Long story short, Im going to buy the 3695.50.31 Speedmaster Pro in Gold with the black alligator strap. I've wanted one for years. I kind of was on the fence about the full gold one, if I could ever find it in a good price.
Lo and behold, one came up and I was going to splurge on a full gold one that came up on Ebay. I purchased it using Buy it Now and they told me I have 5 days to pay. So I decided to sleep on it and pay in the morning, but low and behold, someone who was watching it and saw it gone on eBay panicked, went to the watch seller's website (where it was still listed), and bought it immediately and paid in full. I woke up to a cancelled order. The other guy was kind of an ass for doing that, but I believe the seller was worse, they didnt even give me a chance to get the watch within their policy even though I won the auction. Kind of shady in my opinion, but hey maybe it was a blessing, it was from 2006 and brand new but no paper work. I was a bit hesistant about spending 14k on that watch without at least that info.
Anyways, to my question. The only difference between the 3695.50.31 and the 3195.50.00 is the watch strap. Everything else is identical. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like anyone sells just the 3195.50.00 gold Speedmaster watch strap on it's own ever. So Im stuck with 3 options:
1) Wait for another full gold Speedmaster in good condition (which don't come around very often),
2) buy the alligator strap version, and either find the strap one day and change it out.
3) Get a custom gold strap made in 18k solid gold when the time is right.
Im curious about option 3. Is it even an option? Are there any jewellers that make straps like this? I know theres a lot of fine artistans doing leathers and exotic skins, but Ive never seen a custom gold strap. Probably because a lot of people would just buy the watch they want, or contact Rolex or whatever to get the strap. But, I dont know how this would affect resale value, if at all, of if Omega even has this item anymore since its discotinued in 2013 I believe.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.