The photos I took in the review and the ones I posted today are unedited....so what color you see, is what you get. The stock photo is a little different....could have been lighting, could have been just a different piece of leather which had a different tanning.I like the strap and love Horween leather. I have a few Horween straps from Joe and they rock, so soft, no break in period as you said. I am curious as to what the real color looks like, as there is a big difference between his and your photos. It's always something I worry about when I buy a leather strap. Pics can be misleading. I like the texture of the leather and I bet it feels awesome too.
I think I'd prefer a darker strap on this watch but its not a bad combo at all.
But my photos are accurate to what it looks like in person.