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Hey guys, quick question that I often do is when I buy a new watch or a used mint one I take off the original strap to keep it in as new condition and for an aftermarket leather or NATO that I don’t mind sweating on.

Does anyone else immediately take off their original strap and swap for an aftermarket one to save the original strap?

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Yup, every watch I own has a new strap put on almost immediately. Usually because I order my watches with a bracelet if there’s an option, but I don’t like bracelets, so change for leather, rubber or NATO. I think that that way I’m maximising any resale value, should I ever sell.
 

My Marathon MSAR came on a rubber strap with no holes, so you can fit it perfectly. I didn’t want to mark it though, so off it came and put up safe and sound in a box of safely wrapped watch straps. 
 

 

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Can't stand straps or Natos, so always buy on a bracelet. Never take it off to save it though, unless I fancy a change to say... a mesh... straps just get too stinky for me.

Having said that, my Lorus Mickey Mouse is still on a black leather strap, because I can't find a bracelet to do it justice. The case is 18ct gold plated, but I hate gold bracelets.

It'll stay on black leather, but never be worn (by me).

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1 hour ago, Roger the Dodger said:

Can't stand straps or Natos, so always buy on a bracelet. Never take it off to save it though, unless I fancy a change to say... a mesh... straps just get too stinky for me.

Having said that, my Lorus Mickey Mouse is still on a black leather strap, because I can't find a bracelet to do it justice. The case is 18ct gold plated, but I hate gold bracelets.

It'll stay on black leather, but never be worn (by me).

Just as stubborn and fussy as I remember:tongue:

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Of course its not `the` reason why we buy a watch, but we sometimes choose a watch because it also has a nice strap, personally i think changing straps is fine if its a cheap watch, but if you`ve paid `good money` for it and then change the strap straight away maybe you shouldnt have really bought it.

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