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    I'm not sure how disappointed I am...

    I bought a couple of new Xeric straps and just got them in the mail yesterday. They are what I would consider mid-range straps at $60 each. I thought they looked like excellent "winter" straps. It's always tough buying just from pictures, but I am underwhelmed to the point of almost to wanting my money back.

    These are the two straps I ordered, as they appear in pictures online...

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    Not something I'd want on every watch. But I think they look kinda cool and different without being too "zany" or loud.

    Firstly, they are thinner than I had expected, but this is a minor issue. They are good quality and even come with easy release end pins. I have come to really appreciate this option and use them on several straps.

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    The biggest problem is that they just don't look like the pictures. Colors can always be deceiving online. It comes with the territory. But the darker strap looks like plain, slightly fuzzy "brown". It is VERY difficult to distinguish any tartan pattern without close inspection.

    The **biggest issue** is that there are no vertical stripes on the lighter colored strap. This changes the look of the watch strap, significantly. I understand they probably just take a random swath of fabric... but still?
    Am I making too much of this? I'm sure I'll just keep it and mark it up to "internet shopping". But I'm kinda bummed, as I was really looking forward to these. I was hoping to buy another variety when it is back in stock.

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    I don't think either strap would look correct on your Tudor Ranger field watch. Leather or NATO. Seems like you are trying to make the watch something it's not.

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    Re: I'm not sure how disappointed I am...

    Your points are well taken, the patterns don't look like the pics!

    Contact them and give them a chance to make it right... maybe ask for a replacement in the other variety when they come back in?

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    Re: I'm not sure how disappointed I am...

    I didn't buy the strap for the watch. I just grabbed that watch because it was sitting there and was a 22mm (the other one is a 20mm). It's not about the watch... at all.
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    Re: I'm not sure how disappointed I am...

    Compared to the level of detail displayed in (what I'm assuming is) the advertising picture, I'd be disappointed. I'd return if it is an option.
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    Re: I'm not sure how disappointed I am...

    I agree with you that they definitely don't look like the online pics, but I would have sent them back right away, seems like it's a little late once you fit them on a watch

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    Re: I'm not sure how disappointed I am...

    Quote Originally Posted by NeedAG View Post
    Your points are well taken, the patterns don't look like the pics!

    Contact them and give them a chance to make it right... maybe ask for a replacement in the other variety when they come back in?

    Thanks for the input. That's where I am leaning, as well. I certainly should give them the chance to fix it before I complain too much.

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    Re: I'm not sure how disappointed I am...

    They don't look like the advertisement pictures. The advertisement pictures look lighter - probably more, better lighting for the photo shoot. If you are unhappy with them, I would return them if I were you.

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    Re: I'm not sure how disappointed I am...

    They look ok, but I too have learned the hard way that internet pictures and the actual strap in person can vary greatly.

    Good luck.
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    Re: I'm not sure how disappointed I am...

    They look close enough that they'd probably chalk it up to variations of the fabric...which makes every piece unique!

    But if you bought it specifically for the vertical lines, yeah the difference is obvious.


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