I can assure you that I have been following your conversation. Regarding titanium I was alluding to the fact that there are different grades of titanium. I read that not all manufacturers use the same grade titanium and that some wrist straps that are advertised as titanium are defacto titanium alloys, some more, some less scratch-resistant. Furthermore, I never claimed I wanted a scratch-proof titanium wrist strap, I deliberately wrote scratch-resitant.
Scratch-proof stands for more durability than scratch-resistant products. Scratch resistant, on the other hand, essentially means that the product is able to withstand minor scratches.
I have had a look at all your suggestions. Damasko watches look really beautiful on the internet, but apparently they are not sold in Taiwan, where I am living at the moment. I do not want to order such an expensive watch online without having seen it beforehand. Centina is also not sold here.
Steinhart has an official distributor here. Their watches sound like a lot of value, but they are all "homages", right? I do not really like the brand image of Rolex and what the average person associates with it, and wearing a "fake" is even worse and would not give me a good feeling. I read on their website that the Ocean 2 Premium was "developed" by Steinhart and is not a homage. Can you confirm that or did they get inspiration from a watch with which I am not familiar? Even though many divers look very similar, I do not want to spend money on an exact copy of a famous watch. So I will wait for your replies before going to their shop.
I also went to have a look at Seiko watches and I must say that I find the watches of their Prestige and Grand Seiko lines absolutely beautiful. If I could choose any watch in the world, I'd probably choose Grand Seiko SBGA211G Snowflake, but that one is of course out of reach. I could buy the Seiko Presage SRPC79J1, which is also gorgeous looking somewhat similar, but technically lacking behind with a tolerance of +-20 to 40 seconds; but it would only cost GBP 300. However, Seiko's staff told me that that particular watch would also be available with a better movement for GBP 350, which would bring down the tolerance to +- 10 to 20 seconds. But I would have to order and buy it unseen. Alternatively, I could get second hand grand seikos from the 60s and 70s here for about GBP 700-800. They are also absolutely beautiful and have more of an aura than a plain basic new Prestige watch, but I am afraid of the servicing and repair costs down the road. Any thoughts on that and Seiko in general?