Are Expandable Bands a Fashion Crime?

Just back from watchmaker is this 1940's Waltham. It cleaned up some, but sometimes there is just wear on old watches.

I have a drawer of expandable bands that I have take off of vintage purchases.  I am not a fan of "hair pullers."  However, this one cleaned up well and kind of matches the watch (different eras, but still).  I don't know if a leather strap would be better looking. Suggestions and opinions are welcome.

Should it stay or should it go? If it goes there will be trouble, if it stays it will be double.

Edit:  I am in five watch territory today.

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No. And I said that with hairy wrists that also don’t agree with many of them.

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I almost every time say (brown) leather but in this case I say take the pain of the hair puller. They look great together.

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Go. At least on gold filled, rolled gold or gold plated watches. I try to avoid metal bands on those types of vintage watches as they damage the lugs overtime. 

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I'm undecided, I kind of like it and I think it suits the watch. I have a hair puller on my Sovereign and once you get over the initial ouch it's all good. But If you wear it a bit lose it doesn't pull as much hair either 😉

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I'm writing in to say that I have no opinion. I'm perfectly ambivalent. It will look equally right on either.

Now for the title question: yeah, I used to think so. I also used to abhor digital watches. My appreciation has broadened. 

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The band looks like a great (albeit painful) pairing. That said, I think it it would look fantastic on caramel brown leather strap… so if the hair puller keeps you from wearing it, I say go with the leather. 🤙

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No. They are a torture device.

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If you are of a slightly more 'honed' age like myself, it's easy to appreciate and somewhat enjoy a torturous activity like having your hairs pulled from your wrist one by one. After all...we've endured various and sundry tortures from many things and people over the years. 

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I don't own any, so take my opinion lightly, but I'd wear that for sure.  I think they look great in a retro sort of way.  As for that vs. leather, that's a matter of opinion, but if I was that watch on that band, I'd definitely want to ask you what you were wearing.

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I'm writing in to say that I have no opinion. I'm perfectly ambivalent. It will look equally right on either.

Now for the title question: yeah, I used to think so. I also used to abhor digital watches. My appreciation has broadened. 

I think that expandable bands can look ok on watches of the 1960's. They would never be my first choice.  Digital watches, let's not speak of those. 

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The only crime committed is the unsolicited depilatory.

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Some are awesome. 

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Funny story about this. My dad turned 80 recently and he wanted a Timex with indigo. He also requested an expandable bracelet because he has bad arthritis and he can just slip it on. I was like, do they still make those?? Yes. Yes they do haha. I got him one, and I also got him a nicer watch. He still wears his Timex and tells me he loves it lol.

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That looks great - definitely a keeper

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Keep it, rock the casbah.