I barely managed to wake up today, courtesy of a hectic day, stress, and staying awake too late to decompress watching a video about convergent evolution - a subject I may one day investigate for its horology connection, but that's for another day.
The San Martin that I'm wearing today isn't weird at all and is actually one of the better watch in my collection. However, it's fitted with an FKM waffle strap and while it's a very good match for a vintage looking 62MAS re-creation it feels...well, it doesn't feel weird but FKM sure doesn't feel like rubber or even silicone. It's not an unpleasant feeling, just a bit strange.
FKM doesn't look any different from standard rubber, except that it's softer. It's a bit less supple when compared to silicone rubber but not to any significant degree. It's soft, it's resistant to chemicals and heat, and it doesn't attract dust and lint like silicone does. But every FKM strap that I own gave me the same slightly weird feeling when I touched them.
I used to be a bit apprehensive when I first wore FKM straps, fearing that this oddity would translate into skin allergies, but the truth is that for me FKM rubber straps are better than rubber or silicone in the heat and humidity of our summers.
So I'm curious, am I the only one who noticed a different feel to FKM rubber, and what's your opinion on FKM straps?
I'm a big fan of watches that are interesting because they are either unique, have interesting features, well designed or simply offer a great value for their price.