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As everybody knows by now, the last two watches I bought (Lange 1 and Chronoswiss Opus) came with crocodile and alligator straps, respectively.

Not having anything else to think about today, I started to wonder why these two leathers are so commonly used for watch straps. Because I was without any reference materials or anyone to ask, I was forced to do my research entirely without factual information.

What I have concluded is that alligator and crocodile are the two strap materials most closely associated with the concept of time. For evidence of this, I offer the lyrics to the song "See You Later Alligator," a big hit for Bill Haley and the Comets in 1956, which starts like this:

When I saw my baby walking with another man today
When I saw my baby walking with another man today
When I asked her whatīs the matter, this is what I heard her say:

See you later alligator, in a while crocodile
See you later alligator, in a while crocodile
Donīt you know youīre in my way now
Donīt you know you cramp my style

The connection to time ("later" and "in a while") is obvious. And, if that isn't enough, later in the song we have the verse:

I said, wait a minute gator, I know you meant it just for play
I said, wait a minute gator, I know you meant it just for play
Donīt you know you really hurt me, this is what I have to say

which reinforces the time theme.

I was so pleased with my discovery I just had to share it with all of you.