NATO watch straps ... a spot of advice please.

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I think the real problem is to find either a NATO made according to the MoD specs (welded, correct length, etc) or of good quality. Some of the cheap ones made in Asia are OK, but they are too short 99% of the time. Quality-wise, some NATOs sold by Brit sellers and made in the UK are worthwhile (usually £10 or more). On the other hand I had only good experiences with the Maratac's (US likely made in Asia or in the US, which are sewn).

I miss the NATO I bought a few years ago (circa 2011) from an eBay seller (Micky 'something') affiliated (somehow) to Phoenix (made in the UK then). It had the original Admiralty Grey colour, was welded and extremely comfortable; I lost it unfortunately. Oddly enough, I bought some other Phoenix NATO on eBay, with the logo on the buckle, which were of poor quality in comparison.

 
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Indeed, am extremely grateful for all the advice received.

Have ordered a brace of two piece nylon (NATO type appearance) straps from AliExpress. Cheap as chips. Olive colour and black and grey striped. Two at a couple of quid and one at four pounds something.

Being 18mm and wanting two piece restricted choice quite a lot. We'll see how it goes.

Not expecting delivery tomorrow, but I'll live with that.

Ta.
 
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I believe I may not have the strap fitted properly. My principal beef with them is that I find them unattractive compared with the stainless steel bracelets on my Omega Constellation and Seamaster Professional, as well as the leather straps on my Patek and Heuer. All these straps are very comfortable and good looking. I have a NATO on my Vostok, which I wear only when I garden or workout.
If in principle you find them unattractive despite the huge range of materials, colours and styles available why buy one in the first place? I think, for most nato adopters whatever the cost and apparent prestige of a time piece, it's a chance to individualise a piece and make it your own. I have a JLC and Grand Seiko and I ripped their straps off as soon as I could, not because they weren't adequate, functional or good looking enough but because as well as individualising these pieces I wanted to deemphasis their visual appeal by making them less recognisable so to me they were more comfortable to wear. Lets face it, watch wearing as well as posting here is for many legalised cock waving, you were happy to list your high end pieces and then snidely suggest your nato was just good enough for your lowly Vostok and the garden or gym....well there you go, wave away.
 
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If in principle you find them unattractive despite the huge range of materials, colours and styles available why buy one in the first place? I think, for most nato adopters whatever the cost and apparent prestige of a time piece, it's a chance to individualise a piece and make it your own. I have a JLC and Grand Seiko and I ripped their straps off as soon as I could, not because they weren't adequate, functional or good looking enough but because as well as individualising these pieces I wanted to deemphasis their visual appeal by making them less recognisable so to me they were more comfortable to wear. Lets face it, watch wearing as well as posting here is for many legalised cock waving, you were happy to list your high end pieces and then snidely suggest your nato was just good enough for your lowly Vostok and the garden or gym....well there you go, wave away.
I respect your opinion; there is no need to be a troll about mine.
 
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^^ Bit of a shame about the aforegoing comments. Wouldn't have thought a chat about cheap NATO straps could turn into a bit of a proverbial 'to and fro'.

Have to say the spot of name dropping above did jar a tad. High end watches don't actually have great appeal personally - quite the opposite, but, from looking at the many posts in the watch forum, I can see it has quite a following. And there's nowt wrong with that, I'm sure. Clearly a case of horses and courses etc.

In fact the exquisite staging and creativity in the backgrounds of the photos illustrating thousands of pounds worth of timepiece is something to behold. Shirts with the owner's monogram very visible and strategically placed accompanying tasteful paraphernalia indicating wealth and good standing abound. But, hey if you've got it, flaunt it. ;)
 
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I'm just grateful that Christopher Ward took the trouble to have a facsimile J.B. NATO type strap made up for their homage ( okay, copy for pathetic daydreamers ) to the original Dr No casino opening scene Rolex. Took most of my savings at the time, however I get a cheap and harmless thrill each time I add a splash of Floris No 89 and buckle on the watch. Takes me right back to the Tivoli cinema in Crow Rd the first time I heard that incredible theme tune. And no, I got no embarassment that I've got daydreams still.

JohnnyO.nO/
 
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I'm just grateful that Christopher Ward took the trouble to have a facsimile J.B. NATO type strap made up for their homage ( okay, copy for pathetic daydreamers ) to the original Dr No casino opening scene Rolex. Took most of my savings at the time, however I get a cheap and harmless thrill each time I add a splash of Floris No 89 and buckle on the watch. Takes me right back to the Tivoli cinema in Crow Rd the first time I heard that incredible theme tune. And no, I got no embarassment that I've got daydreams still.

JohnnyO.nO/
In fact the strap in JB (Goldfinger) is not a NATO. NATOs came after the movie and the Rolex is supposedly the director's on a regimental strap. There's a scene with Connery and the JB girl in bed, chatting, in which you can clearly see it's not a NATO.



Found on the internet

 
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The CW one was taken from a blown up still from Dr No according to the original piece about it on their site. I'm not sure how many straps appeared through the SC Bond series, however I have noticed in stills that whilst the pattern remains unaltered the colour shades seem to vary on occasion. Not sure if this might be down to the film/processing used ? I just like mine anyway ... never fails to give me a smile.

JohnnyO. o/
 
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If you want the Bond experience, you need to wear it flopping around between the lugs. :)





Which reminds me of this currently for sale limited edition gentlemens haute horology timepiece - DAGAZ Fishy-Pussy.


 
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