Well, I have been round the houses half a dozen times and I have finally concluded that Rolexes look best on the bracelet they come with. I have tried my Subs and Explorers on:
- A Rubber B strap
- An Isofrane Strap (big fan)
- Many NATO straps (pick of the bunch - Zuludiver from Oz)
- Many Perlon straps (pick of the bunch - Eulit Panama)
- Several leather straps (pick of the bunch - Di Modell Rallye)
But none seems to have lasting appeal compared to the bracelet. I think it has something to do with the slightly smaller size of the current and past Rolex case to modern eyes. The bracelet makes the watch look slighter bigger, the various straps I have tried slightly smaller. Maybe it also has something to do with the iconic nature of the brand.
I love my Seiko divers on rubber straps and I find my Omegas and Tudors quite at home on bracelet, leather and NATO.
Anyone else have the same view - or the opposite (and apologies if this has already been done to death somewhere)?