...or pay someone to custom make it for you! But before going that way, let's try a bit of DIY, since I'm a hands on kind of guy, and if all else fails, that'll be plan B or C or some other letter.
Anyhow, the story begins with the purchase of an Alpinist. You know, the nice green dial that looks good with brown, but which comes with this awful strap that looks like leather that's been preserved via plastination. Which of course quickly came off of the watch and went into storage, and I wore the watch on the bracelet which I got with the watch with this in mind.
Of course, without the brown, I found myself feeling that something was missing, so I started thinking about what to do. This is an Alpinist after all, and I do plan on wearing this everywhere (though not necessarily beat it up). If I want to wade through a stream and get it wet, I want something that won't get damaged, and which will dry quickly. That means a nylon NATO-style, right? Something that'll breathe when I'm sweaty is always nice too.
Well, trying to find a brown nylon NATO was an annoyance. Brown leather NATO's are all over and dominate all the search results. And brown nylons are just a rare breed...
So first off, tried a Cincy Strap Works 'Desert Sand':
Strap quality's pretty good, however the colour is way too light! I thought it'd be darker than that from the pictures on the web store, but it's pretty pale. However in hindsight, even if it was as dark as the pictures on the Cincy store, I don't think I would've been satisfied.
Next attempt, a BluShark 'Burnt Umber':
Okay, this buckle is awesome! The minimal side-to-side play of the tongue makes it a simpler affair to find the hole, compared to some NATO's where the thing wobbles all over the place. The shade of brown is unfortunately, too much on the red side.
Well, let's try one more place, this time, a Hello Nato Strap 'Dark Brown':
That's a bit more like it, at least for the colour. (It seems the lighting in which I took that picture makes the brown look more red than it actually is). The material is coarser and rougher than the other NATO's though. And the buckle that came with it felt way too flimsy (nevermind the tongue not even being centered on the strap!). Luckily, said buckle was actually held on by a springbar, so I popped it off and substituted another one for it (shown in the picture).
Strike three. Now what?
Well, it is a somewhat dressy design, so maybe a 2-piece nylon? Canvas? Cordura? Found a few, however they were lined with leather, or had other leather bits on there. Eulit's brown perlon, perhaps? Custom made?
Maybe I should just try making one myself... *wheels start turning, which isn't always a good thing*
And some brown Cordura just arrived:
You know, I think I like this dusty brown colour the most so far.
Wish me luck...