Crocodile and leather straps are great. They look gorgeous and sophisticated. There is however a problem with such straps. Once the temperature goes up they get warm and collect perspiration. This isn’t just an annoying feeling, but it can cause irritation to the skin and it’s pretty bad for the strap too.
On one of his videos I saw Federico Iossa, of the excellent Federico Talks Watches and Delray Watch Supply, talk about this very issue and thought to myself:”how bad can it be?” Well, pretty bad. A few weeks ago I was in Paris for a short holiday and walked around in sunny weather with my Longines chronograph on my wrist. This comes with a crocodile strap and it was quite unpleasant. It was 20 to 25 degrees Celsius. Not only was the strap drenched, the skin on my wrist had gotten quite irritated.
An excellent excuse to go watch shopping. I first thought of a military watch on a NATO strap. NATO straps are cheap and easily replaced. The first watch that came to mind was the Hamilton Khaki Field. Great watch, heritage, but I just could really go for it. Maybe I’ll get one later, as a snack in between some more serious (read expensive) watches. (more…)