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The watch community is an oddity. Bands range in price from 5 bucks to 500 bucks, sometimes nearly made of the same materials and quality. I get that this site is full of cheapskates, but at the same time I've watched Rolex people fawn over 300 dollar bands similar to this. As far as being a copy of something else, I doubt there's much patent protection on a leather band with a ball screw stud attached to it. As someone who dinks around making things of leather, yes this is kinda spendy, but at least it's Horween leather. Being that it is Horween chromexcel (presumably) I'd question the security of the ball stud. Wouldn't want to lose a spendy timepiece if the leather got rubbery and stretchy. But I obviously am not holding this item in my hand to give an honest review. Not everyone has the tools to sit down and knock one of these out and have it end up looking 'right' so there's value in that. I remember how ratty my college watch band looked when I used an awl to make a new hole in it...
"I get that this site is full of cheapskates.." excuse me, i would prefer the word practical and prudent.