As for the 328, 329 - I think it's the same bracelet. There was an older version that was half steel half titanium, I think. That seems to have quite a following. The new one is all steel and I loved the feel on my wrist. The clasp, something very important to me, was also great, too. In fact, I was looking at JLC for a little while, but was turned off by the clasps. The PAM bracelet clasp is very intuitive.
As for me, I am still on the OEM gator (brown) - that is very nice! And have been told to look into JV and the Assolutamente - but I am gonna wait until I get some yen in the bank account.
B-day in June = new straps. For the time being I will be doing homework on straps.
Great "chatting" with you, John.
PS Thanks for the tip on the black croc (OEM). That may well be my next strap!