Will A New Strap Affect A Watch’s Value?

Chris C. from Dubai, UAE asks:

Does changing the strap of a watch from the original affect the value? I'm talking mainly leather, I would imagine changing bracelet style straps would definitely affect the value. Thanks.

Let's just assume that the watch you are talking about is, or may become, a collector's item. Most will not, but assuming it is, you'll want to keep all the original stuff. This includes box, papers, tags, everything... If you go to sell the watch and it does not include the original strap, then yes, the value will be reduced because not everything is original. Having said that, if you have the original strap then just remove it and keep it. Some people remove original straps right away because they want to keep them in pristine condition or simply don't like them. If the watch comes on a bracelet - you'll certainly want to keep that. Original bracelets are much more valuable on collector's item, or even "new vintage" pieces that you might want to sell a few years down the road.

Wondering if you should change out your strap or bracelet, or wondering how? Check out a detailed article Ariel wrote a few years back, "Customize and Revitalize Your Watch With A New Strap Or Bracelet" »

And, of course, you can always find our latest articles with Watch Straps as a significant topic here »

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