Greetings Watch Enthusiasts,
I have recently become interested in mechanical watches. For my first purchase, after reading lots on this forum, I decided to get a Seiko SKX013. Unfortunately, upon receiving it, I just didn't fall in love with it as much as I had hoped, and it wasn't for lack of trying. For some reason it just looked out of proportion to me. The dial was too small and the case was too thick. So, I decided to return it in exchange for a Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical, which, this time, I made a point to locate and try on before I bought. My new Hammy comes this week, and in my excitement, I have been looking for strap options.
It is for this reason that I turn to the watch community at present. Initially, I think I would like a leather strap like the picture below, not too thick, with white contrasting stitching, in a 20mm width. So far, so good, right? I have found lots of these. However, I have 6.25-6.5" wrists, and I am worried that a regular length strap might be just on the edge of too big for me. So, I would be more comfortable with a short length strap, and these seem much harder to find. Ideally, I would like the strap to be around $25 and to have bead blasted, or at least brushed, hardware. I have had a hard time finding such a strap. Would anyone know where I could find one?
I suppose another option would be to buy a regular length strap and punch an extra hole. Would anyone advise me either for or against this? I hesitate to have too much of the tail sticking out and getting caught on things all the time.
Lastly, in addition to this main strap, I would also be open to other suggestions. I have a few NATO's to try out, although I have not been wild about them to this point becasue they seem to have too much going on, what with their loops and buckles and flips and tucks. I also don't reall appreciate the extra height added to the watch. Some kind of short vintage or suade brown strap might look nice instead. Thank you for your expertise.