I recently purchased a Seiko Alpinist and I thought something was a little "off" but couldn't put my finger on it. Then it struck me: the watch strap is on "backwards." Rather than the tail-end of the strap facing away from me as I look at the watch, it faces toward me. So now that I know what seemed "off," I'll switch the thing around, and all will be as it should be, at least for me.
I've worn a strap mounted watch for decades, and always, the tail pointed away from me. The other strapped watches I recently bought also have the strap pointing away.
Lastly, I'm sure which way the strap's end points is just a matter of personal preference. And, truly, I'm surprised to learn I actually give a damn about it on my watch, yet I clearly do. LOL
What way do you wear your strap-mounted watch?
For readers who need a picture to understand what I'm describing, see below. The Alpinist is the one that points the "wrong" way, whereas the strap on the S501 points the "right" way.