I use the calf gold too, really nice strap, lovely & soft. Would love a 24/22 for my 176 but don't think they do one?
Could do with being an inch or so longer though, second keeper seems a bit redundant.
...but just switched to an ammo I have. I'm looking forward to an ammo pouch strap I have on order too. I like the darker strap (haven't used the gold one yet), but part of the darker stain peeled off in one section and I'm considering exchanging it. While I like an naturally-aged strap, this scratch left a chipped-like area that shows how thin the staining is. Kind of cheap looking and not in sync with the watch, IMO.
The one that came on the watch (dark reddish brown) was just a bit stiff and I was not impressed with the quality. The spare one, which was a light brown/tan, was exquisitely soft and I kinda regret getting rid of it. That being said, like yourself I usually go aftermarket.
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