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Most of our watches never see any environment more adverse than a desk. Most SS bracelets will develop lines and scratches of no major consequence in that harsh environment. Us WIS usually will be using an array of watches so the punishment that each bracelet gets will be slight, however some watches do have bracelets that have mirror finishes. That is when the small marks really tend to get unsightly.

Most of us might have watches of this type. My question is...how to get around this problem....and also, how can one adapt a regular leather or plastic strap in place of an integrated style bracelet that will not look totally out of place or totally fake...?
 

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Learn how to refinish the bracelet, and do it yourself every few months. A highly polished bracelet should actually show less signs of scuffing than a brushed one, although scratches might be more obvious.
 

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clockworks has the right idea. Wearing long sleeves will greatly reduce bracelet scratching. If you get them, learning to remove them and refinish the metal on your bracelet is relatively simple (provided your bracelet is not terribly ornate). I think there might be a couple of posts describing the process in the archive. if you can't find them there, the mirror definitely has a TON of posts detailing specific methods for doing it. it's relatively simple, but requires the right tools, patience and a little elbow grease.

As for straps, of course it depends on the case and the shape of the integrated link, but most straps can be paired down to the correct shape and size using an exacto knife. The tric is sealing the cut edge so that it looks correct. the method used for that, varies depending on the material of the strap being shaped
 
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