Do you replace the strap before wearing a new watch?

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Do you replace the strap before wearing a new watch?

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Do you replace the strap on a new watch before wearing it?

Is it worth the effort and cost to keep the original strap in unworn condition in the event you don't "bond" with the watch and want to return or flip it?

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Most of the time I replace it (unless of course it’s on a bracelet). I figure I can pick a strap from the two or three hundred I have sitting around that will suit my taste better than the manufacturer’s “mass market” selection. This of course leaves the original strap unworn by default in the case that I later sell the watch.

On the occasional times the manufacturer get the strap just right for my preferences (or the watch is available on a choice of straps, one of which suits nicely), I simply wear it and don’t really worry about it. If I sell it later, then the strap is probably only slightly used in most cases, simply due to the low wear rate in my collection (I can’t recall the last strap that ever wore out on me). I don’t see any advantage in buying a new strap in that case.
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I've thought about it in the past, but likewise if I like the strap/watch as it comes from the maker (which is typical as that is why I bought it) I just wear it. I don't flip so if I really felt it necessary to sell I would reckon on replacing the original strap with another OEM or something high class like a Hirsch.

What is important is to keep OEM hardware in good shape.
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gaf1958 wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:09 pm
When the manufacturer gets the strap just right for my preferences (or the watch is available on a choice of straps, one of which suits nicely), I simply wear it and don’t really worry about it. If I sell it later, then the strap is probably only slightly used in most cases, simply due to the low wear rate in my collection (I can’t recall the last strap that ever wore out on me). I don’t see any advantage in buying a new strap in that case.
Spot on Gary! Plus for me it’s a fitment issue as I have larger wrists and on most standard straps I’m in the last two holes. So I typically put the OEM strap into the manufacture box and do my own thing with straps.
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gaf1958 wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 5:09 pm
Most of the time I replace it (unless of course it’s on a bracelet). I figure I can pick a strap from the two or three hundred I have sitting around that will suit my taste better than the manufacturer’s “mass market” selection. This of course leaves the original strap unworn by default in the case that I later sell the watch.

On the occasional times the manufacturer get the strap just right for my preferences (or the watch is available on a choice of straps, one of which suits nicely), I simply wear it and don’t really worry about it. If I sell it later, then the strap is probably only slightly used in most cases, simply due to the low wear rate in my collection (I can’t recall the last strap that ever wore out on me). I don’t see any advantage in buying a new strap in that case.
I do this too :thumbup:
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Only if I don’t like it. The strap, that is.
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Re: Do you replace the strap before wearing a new watch?

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I almost always swap a strap on new watches.
I usually try to buy a new watch in a bracelet, if that option is available. I rarely wear bracelets, but I like to have the option (usually wear them for more smart occasions or swimming) and it is almost always more cost effective to buy the bracelet with the watch rather than try to buy one separately in the future.
Once I get the watch in the first thing I do is swap off the bracelet. I then match the watch to a few leather/NATO straps in my hoard and find some that have the looks, comfort and fit I want from the watch. Sometimes I order a custom one of the watch has a particular look or function that I want the strap to match. I then resize the bracelet (carefully keeping all the spare links and pins/screws) and put it to one side, just in case.
In fact, when my Dartmouth arrived a few months back I missed the delivery. When I turned up at the PO depot the next day to pick it up I had a handful of possible strap options with me in my pocket. The bracelet was swapped out and a leather strap fitted in the car so I could wear it on the drive home. The new quick-release bracelets are a joy!

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Usually not, normally I use original strap.

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Amor Vincit Omnia wrote:
Sun Apr 05, 2020 7:01 am
Only if I don’t like it. The strap, that is.
Same :thumbup:

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