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on November 26, 2012
I purchased my Super Oyster bracelet directly from the Strapcode website.
The fit and finish are very good, especially for the price. The links are solid and are substantial without being overbearingly heavy. The Strapcode bracelet is cheaper than its aftermarket rivals (which I have not owned, so I cannot make a first-hand comparison), but the quality is the same from what I've read - might as well save your money. You will find that the solid end links do not perfectly match the SKX case - they are raised a hair above the contours of the case lugs. This is not very noticeable or bothersome. The clasp is cheap and unsigned, so bear that in mind, too.
My only real complaint is the process of resizing the watch. The links are affixed with screw pins. A few of the screw pins were damn near seized. I had to use copious amounts of WD-40 and coaxing with a tiny jeweler's screwdriver to get them free. The process, which should typically take a few minutes, took almost an hour and was very frustrating. After removing them, I found that the pins were slightly gritty, either from dirt or, more likely, metal shavings from the machining process... who knows. I brought this to Strapcode's attention, and they gave me a discount coupon for my next purchase, so I think that's a fair resolution.
I ended up selling the watch the bracelet was attached to, but I can say that it was a good quality, affordable upgrade to the SKX. Strapcode is my recommended brand if you don't want to overspend for a ~$200 watch. I also owned two mesh bracelets from them which were of comparable quality.