I have been searching for a good quality alligator strap and since I am impatient I have been trying to find one pre-made.
(Di-Modell on top RIOS on the bottom)
First I tried a "Panatime" branded RIOS which is supposedly part of their "Art Manue"l line. The Art Manuel line uses hand stitching, something that no other major manufacturer does for non-custom straps (with the possible exception of Kaufmann...but I can't find where to buy one). The stitching was fine but the alligator skin was dry and cracking in one area, also the wax edging was badly applied. The black edging can be seen on the face of the band and strap loops. I have an "Art Manuel" branded shell cordovan strap and while it uses the same saddle stitch the wax edging is applied much more cleanly, so maybe I got a bad one.
Second I tried a Di-Modell strap. Decent machine stitch. I was more on the fence about this one as I liked the color a bit better, no cracking issues and while this strap uses a choice cut, there were scars in the skin, like you might see from barbed wire in calf skin. Since the scars were in a conspicuous area, it was a no go. Also this strap is almost completely flat with very light padding. Interestingly, these straps use folded edges instead of the more common waxed edges. On wallets I always prefer waxed edges but on a watch strap, I think the folded edges are almost nicer...at the very least it is well done on this strap.
Anyways, I have put in an order for a standard (non-custom) ABP strap. May take a few weeks to get but hopefully it will be satisfactory...otherwise I may need to go custom.