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    Nile Crocodile straps at worldofwatches -- real deal?

    All, I have been searching high and low for 19mm straps for my Tissot, as the OEM croc grain is total rubbish.

    I came across this "Shiny Nile Black Crocodile" strap on WorldofWatches.com
    Unisex Strap 19MM Shiny Nile Black Crocodile | World of Watches

    At $42.75, I assumed it was just grained leather, but one of the pix shows a closeup of this imprint: "Genuine Crocodile / Made in USA"!

    The same strap is being offered at this price on the websites of Amazon, Walmart, and Sears.

    Browsing through other straps labeled Crocodile or Alligator on WoW, none look fake/grained to me, they look like the real deal.

    I don't know how the heck they can charge so little for genuine reptile, but I went ahead and ordered one to find out. WoW seems to have a 100% return policy including return shipping, so I figured it's risk free.

    Will report back on the results. But in the meantime, if anyone has experience/insights on these straps, please share!

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    Re: Nile Crocodile straps at worldofwatches -- real deal?

    Personally I would be suspect, but that said, at that price you aren't really risking all that much to find out. I don't have any experience with that particular site though so I cant say anything for sure other than that it sounds too good to be true.

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    Re: Nile Crocodile straps at worldofwatches -- real deal?

    I'm not sure about Nile crocodile in particular, but there is a seller on the Bay by the name of Kelaran who does sell genuine Made in USA crocodile straps.
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    Re: Nile Crocodile straps at worldofwatches -- real deal?

    I am fully aware that World of Watches is affiliated with Invicta and other shady "90% off MSRP" watch brands. However, the imprint on the band is pretty convincing. We'll see what the actual product looks like.

    From LinkedIn (this text used to be on the company website too):

    The SWI Group currently distributes, manufactures and designs luxury goods in factories throughout the world and either owns or exclusively distributes such watch lines as: Invicta, SWI Swiss Watch International, Lucien Piccard, Swiss Legend, Kenneth Jay Lane Timepieces and Red Line / a_line brands.

    WorldofWatches.com, EWatches.com, TheWatchery.com are company owned sites where our brands are showcased.The SWI Group also has a presence in the fashion industry SmartBargains.com EditorsCloset.com

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    Re: Nile Crocodile straps at worldofwatches -- real deal?

    Quote Originally Posted by silverwind2712 View Post
    I'm not sure about Nile crocodile in particular, but there is a seller on the Bay by the name of Kelaran who does sell genuine Made in USA crocodile straps.
    Dang, those are even cheaper! how can this be?

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    Re: Nile Crocodile straps at worldofwatches -- real deal?

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    Dang, those are even cheaper! how can this be?
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    Re: Nile Crocodile straps at worldofwatches -- real deal?

    I think I would keep shopping around given the seller and the products they tend to promote, IMHO.
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    Re: Nile Crocodile straps at worldofwatches -- real deal?

    The strap arrived on Friday and I'm really impressed... at the gall of these people stamping it Genuine Crocodile. It looks nothing like real croc skin. If it's actually crocodile, it must be some other crocodile part, like an intestine with a fake scale imprint. The embossing is so shallow and the finish so plasticky that it looks like something that came out of a gumball machine. But don't take my word for it, check out the pix:

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    Re: Nile Crocodile straps at worldofwatches -- real deal?

    If it is real croc, it's probably VERY thin croc. I see lots of padding there. And with decent croc, OK, I can see color...but gloss? NO.

    Can't blame you for being less than thrilled...

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    Re: Nile Crocodile straps at worldofwatches -- real deal?

    If you look at the holes for the tang you can even see where the material has stretched and been "pulled". I doubt it is real croc, but at that price, can't say it is a surprise. Like I said before though, the price is so low you didn't really risk much finding out and now you have a passable beater strap when needed.

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