I have only owned one watch that hasn’t been paired with a leather strap.
My first watch was a Seiko 4R35B, which came with a lovely black cow hide strap that lasted all of three months. That’s Seiko for you.
My second watch was a Tag Heuer Carrera 5 which looked almost exactly the same as the aforementioned Seiko, only this time it’s strap lasted just over a year. That’s Tag for you.
My current watch, although I do try not to wear it, is a Rolex 126600 which I acquired for my 21st birthday. This, of course, has a steel strap, which has predictably now lasted me nearly 2 years.
I have now concluded that there is little point to a leather strap beyond aesthetics; they wear quicker, they cause sweat to build up in the summer months, they are harder to clean, and then tend to be more expensive than their metal counterparts in the long term!
Anyone else feel the same? If you disagree, I’d love to hear why!