Marine 5817ST leather strap photo session
There are still not too many photos of the 5817ST on leather, probably because it's not a standard option.
Rubber clearly has its advantages and I do like the look, but for those who neither live in humid areas nor want to go for a swim, leather is definitely a classy retrofit option.
I had the chance to try both models, so I want to share the pictures with you.
Pardon me for uploading so many smartphone pics. I still hope you find them useful.
The straps were new, so they are rather stiff on the wrist - the fit would improve with time, of course. The black dial 5817 has a black strap, the silvered dial's strap is dark blue, which is hard to see.
In my case (my wrist has 17 cm circumference), a custom made strap would be ideal, which can be ordered for a few Euros extra.
First two pics on rubber, for reference:
This is the black strap.
Ideally, the clasp should be rotated counterclockwise. A custom made strap would do it.
This is the older of the two bracelet options. It is very smooth and flexible. I have to say that once I had it in my fingers, I loved it!
The flexibility comes from the fact that only the center links are connected. I would prefer this bracelet over the newer one (not shown here), which has polished center links that are wider. The wider center links reduce flexibility and serve as scratch magnets.
I love the new look. Since the fluted caseband is fully visible, the 5817 moves a bit closer to the "Classique" line.
However, during summertime, I would probably change to rubber, which comes in different colours (I have seen black, blue and white). Especially on a white rubber strap, the watch looks terrific!