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Not the same color as pictured
on February 27, 2016
Watch strap arrived today. It's not as nice as I expected it to be. I have worked with leather as a hobby for the past 5 years, so I have a fairly decent understanding of the many unique characteriscs of leather.
First off, the color of the strap I received was much more muted than what is pictured. My strap is a lighter, less brilliant tone than the deep, rich reddish brown shown in the product picture. My strap is closer in color to a sun bleeched basketball.
Second, the finish is not as clean and well detailed as a leather strap of this price should be. I noticed several imperfections which appeared to have been covered up with a bit of painted wax.
The tag read "Made in China", while the underside of the strap reads "Hirsch, Austria Since 1765". Based on the less than perfect finish, I have the feeling this strap is just another product made in China.
While I paid $40, this strap feels like a $20 strap. Only reason I will probably keep it is that I don't want to go through the aggravation of sending it back to the seller (Long Island Watch) because they took a long time to ship this strap, who knows how long it will take them to send me a replacement. Frustrating part is I am an Amazon Prime member and it was supposed to arrive within 2 days, but I got it 6 days after I ordered it.
My personal experience; $40 wasted.