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    A simple question...

    Why is it that every dressy gold watch (other than white gold) comes on a brown strap? If you are wearing it with a typical suit, or even a tux, aren't they going to most likely be a shade of gray or dark blue, or black for a tux??

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    My guess is that a brown strap looks more appealing to consumers on yellow or rose gold while at the store. Black on gold seems a bit too much of a contrast and the warm hues are not pulled out of the gold like they are with brown.

    Side by side, I wouldn't be surprised if a buyer would pick a brown strap over the black strap on gold 9 times out of 10. In actual use, the numbers may even out a bit, but the watch brands only care about the sale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FuzzyB View Post
    Side by side, I wouldn't be surprised if a buyer would pick a brown strap over the black strap on gold 9 times out of 10. In actual use, the numbers may even out a bit, but the watch brands only care about the sale.
    Excellent reasoning.
    Most people are unadventurous in their style. and tend to shy away from strong contrasts.

    But I think a gentleman would have two in gold, one with a brown, and one with either a black or dark grey strap. I do, even though I am neither gentle nor a man.
    Last edited by Chronopolitano; Feb 10, 2015 at 11:54 PM.

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    Interesting question. Yesterday, I changed a brown strap for a black strap on a vintage gold watch and everyone in the shop (the owner and other two customers) gave me that look: blasphemy! Didn't care a bit, though

    I don't like brown straps on gold watches; it's a combo that I see as an uncomfortable tonal redundancy. But I may be alone, here

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    Quote Originally Posted by CFR View Post
    Interesting question. Yesterday, I changed a brown strap for a black strap on a vintage gold watch and everyone in the shop (the owner and other two customers) gave me that look: blasphemy! Didn't care a bit, though

    I don't like brown straps on gold watches; it's a combo that I see as an uncomfortable tonal redundancy. But I may be alone, here
    You're not alone, I agree with Chrono, I would either like to have one on a brown strap (which I do) and one on a black strap (which I don't), or a second one that's white gold, always seems to come on a black strap. Gold with brown can work with a dark blue suit if you're wearing it with brown shoes and belt, but I just think gold with brown strap doesn't work with a dark gray suit or a tux.

    Certainly it might look better in the store, but don't people think about what they're going to wear it with? 99.99% of people aren't even going to think about changing straps...

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    Because it's an industry thing. Gold watches and brown straps are two 'warm' colours that tend to complement each other, and so most brands will pair a gold watch with a brown strap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlcor View Post

    Certainly it might look better in the store, but don't people think about what they're going to wear it with? 99.99% of people aren't even going to think about changing straps...
    That may be the point. It seems that a number of people rarely see the watch/ strap combo in a broader context.
    Last edited by CFR; Feb 11, 2015 at 01:44 AM.

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    I thought the Calatrava came on black leather?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mediocre View Post
    I thought the Calatrava came on black leather?
    I may be wrong, but I believe the pink gold case comes on black leather and the yellow gold case comes on brown leather.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CFR View Post
    I may be wrong, but I believe the pink gold case comes on black leather and the yellow gold case comes on brown leather.
    If so, it's certainly the exception to the rule...


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