Well I was able to swing by he post office this morning and pick up my new black alligator Heroic 18 strap. After washing the car, I came in and decided to change out the Brown Alligator Panerai strap to see how the fit and feel was on this new strap. All I can say is wow! :worship: What a nice strap, being about twice as thick (Approx. 4.2mm) as the OEM strap I thought it was going to be really stiff but I was wrong, it is butter soft and very flexible. It does not taper like the OEM straps do, 24mm x 24mm instead of 24mm x 22mm, so the buckle is noticeably wider and has a nice solid feel and some heft to it. The strap is hand stitched and they're made in Hong Kong, shipping was lightning fast. I ordered it last weekend and had I been home yesterday, I would have had it then. They provide tracking numbers and communication was excellent. It also comes in a cool pouch for storage and even the cardboard box it came in can be re-used. Price was $171.00 US because this is the limited Alligator strap but they have other straps for a little as $85 and even these are hand stitched and come with different buckle options, which by the way can be removed as they are held together with a screw like the OEM buckles. Check them out. http://www.heroic18.com/index.php :thumbsup: Now for some pictures. Side by side you can see the H18 is longer which I like because the OEM straps feel short to me and I don't have enough to tuck under the second loop on the Brown Alligator OEM strap I have. Swap Complete. Shot of the buckle once strapped onto my wrist. Couple more wrist shots. Hope you like.