If you're looking for genuine alligator, I think the options at the price point you've specified are pretty slim. That being said, I found this one from Hirsch:
It's $110, but that's a lot less than most of the others I'm seeing from reputable dealers.
Yes, $110 is a lot, but I agree with you that it seems a fair price for the genuine material from a reputable, certified producer. I've read too many horror stories of less expensive, no-name or "handmade" straps from Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam just really being a waste of money, not high quality or durable.
I have been looking a lot at Rios Genuine Alligator, which seem very nice, but those are really thick at the lugs. This Hirsch Regent is 4,0mm, which is much better imo.
I did buy a Hirsch Duke, so I now know the Hirsch quality, color, and thickness are all good, but I returned it while I could, unused, because I wasn't really convinced by the embossed alligator texture. It felt odd, although that may have been mental only, I'm not sure.
So, this Hirsch Regent might just be the ticket. Thanks again.
Now I remember looking at this strap but having to discard it.
The extreme taper from lug to buckle end was a bit off-putting, but the deal-breaker was that it only comes in 20mm lug width max, and the Stowa MO requires a 22mm strap width.
Hirsch do sell a "GENUINE CROCO Shiny Crocodile Leather Watch Strap in BLUE", for $132.95, in 22mm x 20mm which is perfect since I have a 20mm buckle.
I have never worn a shiny alligator or crocodile strap. Does the shiny finish look odd?
The case on my MO is polished, so maybe shiny leather is OK?
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