I have recently discovered that a proper strap (in my case I prefer leather) can really make or break a watch and the whole watch wearing experience. I no longer ever wear a metal bracelet type band and I have replaced any of my bracelet watches with leather straps. There is nothing wrong with the metal bracelet and if one likes or prefers them then that is fine. I just don't care for them as I once did. A leather strap can breathe new life into a once ho hum watch. Here is one of my examples: I recently bought an Air Blue automatic pilot's watch that has a black dial with tan numerals and markers. It also came with a black leather strap. I found the watch to be boring and was not inclined to wear it very much. Then I had an idea. I ordered a nice tan leather strap that matched the tan dial markers and wow, I couldn't believe the difference. The whole watch just seem to come alive. I really like cream and beige dials as well as brown dials. I installed either tan or light brown straps on all of my cream and beige dial watches and light brown straps on my brown dial ones. They all look great and are a pleasure to wear. Really dark brown or black straps just don't do it for me anymore. Just thought I would share.