How often do you change your watch straps?

So here I am in front of my desk, with a plan to swap the crocodile strap on my Grand Seiko 283 Kishun to something I just got. But before doing so, I thought I would ask you all, how much or how often do you change your watch strap to suit your mood for that day/week/month.

In my case, when I feel a watch has not had its fair share of my rotation schedule, something is not right. Is the current strap less comfortable? Did it feel right wearing it then? There are times where you just don't have the confidence to walk around in a Rolex or another expensive watch, which is why the variety makes a difference.

I'm in that phase where I just can't be bothered to wear my more expensive timepiece. Ever been there before? Logic kicks in and says that I can look at the time on my phone. I'm currently working with a lot of under priviledged people now and it's really sad to hear what they are going through. Sometimes encounters such as this gives you another perspective on life.

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As often as I change underwear… so never!!! 😂

It’s just a watch enjoy it and wear it as you please with original strap or not … let’s enjoy what we have and can have 🍻… you guys have such sad stories today making me sad 🥲…

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I usually have one strap for winter, and a bracelet for the summer for some watches.

So I change them twice a year🤷🏻‍♂️

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New strap new watch.. I love new watches so…… strapaholic I am.

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Depends on the watch for me. Most never leave their stock bracelets, some get changed for the season. Then there’s my NavB Uhr, which gets a swap nearly every time I grab it haha.

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I don't swap steps anymore, keep it stock

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I tend to swap straps until I find the one that suits the watch the best . Then they stay on that option , my collection is quite stable as regards the correct strap/bracelet with the exception of my #orientstar outdoors.

I'm contemplating a new bracelet for this piece which I did a little poll on recently.

I have alot of options though for the watch's which work best on NATO and swap these round quite often, just for fun.

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Often more than once a day, depending on the watch.

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Often more than once a day, depending on the watch.

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I trust in the watch companies to match the watch with the correct band. Actually, I'm too lazy to constantly change bands, but I did get a nice green alligator pattern leather steap to replace the green rubber on the Islander Sands Point Titanium Diver with Green Kelp Dial #ISL-160. So far, I've been too damn lazy to swap it out.

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I like to play watch barbie once a week, time permitting

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I have one watch that I change the bands to match the shoes if I really need to. Otherwise, I think I change them when I'm bored. I have worn out a couple of leather bands, but that takes years.

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I tend to swap straps for mainly two reasons:

  1. I got a new watch, but the strap I do not like, at least not for that watch. So, I'm going straight for a replacement. Either using one strap from my reserve, or buying a new one, or transferring a strap from an unloved watch to the new watch.

  2. The strap is knackered. Broken keepers, gunk accumulation, or simply material deterioration.

Note that "change the look" is not really one of the reasons. I have plenty of watches to change the look.

The last time I changed a strap was on my Sunven. Its NATO strap, which I never really liked anyway, had deteriorated enough to be ditched. I replaced it with a rubber strap from my strap-reserve. That strap joined the reserve when I had put my (then new) Wwoor tank on a leather strap, which suited the style of the watch better. The swapped out strap was decent enough to be re-used, which isn't always the case.

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A nato a day keeps the critics away. And i have a big variety

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I love changing straps to keep my watches feel as I desire. I only buy straps that are quick change (Delugs and Barton mostly), and love changing straps based on need or desire. I tend to only take one watch on vacation. But I use changeable straps for different planned activities. Going to the pool? Canvas! Off to dinner at a nice restaurant? Perhaps the ostrich? Maybe crocodile? Having options changes up the look and feel so much that it alleviates, for me anyway, the need to take the risk of bringing multiple watches on vacation. I do this at home also. Because I keep my watches in a bank safety box, I only have one luxury watch at home any given time. But by having a selection of quick change straps whatever luxury watch I happen to have on hand can fulfill most desires without a trip to the bank.

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I have been changing straps constantly, sometimes even every day, and I can’t work out if it’s because of going for the WRUW badge here, or because I am naturally indecisive. I plan on stopping for a bit, can’t be good for the springbars and lugs after all.

Hmm.

May have answered my own question.

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I change straps if I think it will improve the way the watch looks overall; so once the new strap is on, it stays there. I don't change straps to "match" anything. Most of my watches are on their original, factory straps. I have only changed two of them: the Stuhrling, and the Duro. And they look great! 😃