Which strap to pick? Calf or Crocodile?
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    Which strap to pick? Calf or Crocodile?

    Hello guys

    I'm planning to buy my first mechanical watch. My number one choice is the Oris Artelier Complication but I'm really unsure about the strap. It comes both in calf leather and crocodile. The crocodile is 170 dollars more expensive. Is it worth to get the genuine crocodile strap and how is the quality of the strap when it comes straight from the Oris factory? I'll be using the watch for daily use.

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    Re: Which strap to pick? Calf or Crocodile?

    I'd go calf and get the croc aftermarket. Check out Panatime. They have great straps reasonably priced.
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    Re: Which strap to pick? Calf or Crocodile?

    Agreed, get the cheaper version then look for a more bespoke alligator/croco strap later at what will likely be a better price.

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    Re: Which strap to pick? Calf or Crocodile?

    I haven't purchased leather from Oris so I can't comment in their croc or calf. However, their rubber and bracelets are top notch. I'd post on the Oris forum and find out how the OEM croc is. That watch needs croc and if their leather is like their rubber the $170 will be well worth it. That being said, that watch is dressy and screams for croc. $170 gets you a nice after market strap though. So gets comments from Oris members who have handled the croc to confirm.

    from my experience, Oris deliver way more on straps than what you pay. My $220 Oris bracelet may be the best in my collection.
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    Re: Which strap to pick? Calf or Crocodile?

    Totally agree with Troy. Oris straps and bracelets are first class all the way.

    Worth the $$ IMHO.
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    I would say you go with genuine Oris strap since you mentioned that it's for your daily use.

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    Re: Which strap to pick? Calf or Crocodile?

    I can't speak to others experiences, but the rubber strap that came on my BC3 Advanced is garbage. I did get it 6 years ago, maybe things have changed.

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