i have read old threads and could not find an answer. i am seriously considering a croc birkin but i am AFRAID!!! afraid of cracking and losing shine. afraid that i will be paying a ton of money on a bag that will no longer look the same after a few years. i have croc watch straps (not hermes) that are already cracking, peeling, and lost much of their shine only with 1 year of use! so, croc owners, please be honest with me about maintenance. are annual spa visits a must? will that prevent cracking/loss of shine???