Newbie to the forum here. So I couldn't find any one forum close enough in spirit to my question, but then again, I only looked five pages deep into the sixteen pages of search results that came up for anything related to watch strap toughness/dependability/reliability.
I'm freshly civilian and have had a Garmin Tactix since my recent Army days. Great watch with every feature you could want for a certain demographic (except depth measurements, of course). Well I discovered one day while out on the town that I virtually cut completely trough the original black rubber watch band and that this $450 tool was hanging like a chad from a few mm's of rubber on one side of the buckle notch. It was together that morning, but I suspect that it failed while I was tearing through morning pull-ups and didn't get noticed till later. Needless to say this was disconcerting and worrying, as it's possible, however unlikely, that I could have lost the watch I have some service history with without noticing given hectic enough circumstances. The watch band, while competent was always my least favorite part of the package, but to be fair, it put up with me for a little less than a year of abuse.
Instead of requesting a replacement from Garmin, I grabbed two Panatime NATO straps because I don't want to take ANY CHANCES at band failure within reasonable circumstances such as a quick opportunity work out. I also have a dive watch with a rubber strap and this is making me think I should ditch it for a nylon NATO strap, though I actually dive with it and I addition to being a go to for nicer settings, so I'm leaning toward leather straps (questionable in water) and I'm wondering about these silicon straps (which look pretty fragile)... I'm wondering two things:
1) What is the ranking durability of straps in general (subjectively) and if possible empirically?
2) What are the considerations in water, cold water, salt water, etc for each strap and given everything, which is the best choice for my situation?
Garmin Tactix w/ Ranger Green Panatime NATO
Timex Intelligent Quartz Depth Gauge Steel Case/Black/Yellow Face