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    Re: What's the Deal with NATO straps?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cracky Wainwright View Post
    In the world of watches, what does NATO mean? Surely it doesn't mean North Atlantic Treaty Organization. All the NATO straps I see here on the forum are cheap, unattractive, synthetic cloth straps on very expensive watches meant to have leather straps or, even better, steel bracelets.

    OK, I'm ready for my education. Y'all let me have it! Tell me what I need to know about NATO straps. --Cracky Wainwright, on the front porch here in rural Alabama with a glass of locally brewed Singing River beer
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    Man, you've stumbled into the best kept secret on the internet. Nowhere has anything been posted on the elusive so called "NATO strap" ever, especially not on Watchuseek. Google and the search function here turn nothing up since the "the man" doesn't want you to learn about it. If I told you about my comfortable and rugged NATOs, damn, I'd risk my life, so I surely won't. Don't want to end up in a secret Invicta factory assembling 50mm watches for the rest of my life. I can only advise you to keep your nose out of this NATO business. I've already told you too much, I'm afraid. Oh no, they're here, I've gotta run. Goodbye.
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    Re: What's the Deal with NATO straps?

    Quote Originally Posted by wilfreb View Post
    I respect other likings, but I dislike those straps, it cheapens the watch

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    Re: What's the Deal with NATO straps?

    Here's a list of all the posts you'll find on WUS about 'that' subject...
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    Re: What's the Deal with NATO straps?

    Considered a warmer weather strap, I suppose. I've only found a use for them on field watches on a dressed down outfit or on a hike.

    I won't wear NATO with contact gloves anymore. That was a painfully uncomfortable combination. I prefer leather in the winter.

    The dressiest watch I have that CAME with a NATO - the Oak & Oscar - just looks so good with the leather strap I won't switch them out.
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    Re: What's the Deal with NATO straps?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sea-Dog View Post
    Man, you've stumbled into the best kept secret on the internet. Nowhere has anything been posted on the elusive so called "NATO strap" ever, especially not on Watchuseek. Google and the search function here turn nothing up since the "the man" doesn't want you to learn about it. If I told you about my comfortable and rugged NATOs, damn, I'd risk my life, so I surely won't. Don't want to end up in a secret Invicta factory assembling 50mm watches for the rest of my life. I can only advise you to keep your nose out of this NATO business. I've already told you too much, I'm afraid. Oh no, they're here, I've gotta run. Goodbye.
    Fantastic. This is about the kind of response I want to give in the various car forums I'm on where someone asks, "where do you get car parts?"

    This magical device called Google. Or the search function.
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    Re: What's the Deal with NATO straps?

    Because they are spring bar fail proof! Even if one fails, another would still hold onto my watch.

    Check out Strap Mill Canada. There is a double sided leather nato; which is an interesting take on the nato design.
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    Re: What's the Deal with NATO straps?

    Quote Originally Posted by Perseverence View Post
    Fantastic. This is about the kind of response I want to give in the various car forums I'm on where someone asks, "where do you get car parts?"

    This magical device called Google. Or the search function.
    Hmmm . . . when I post questions that are focused and specific on WUS, I get almost no response or interest. When I ask a more general question on a topic that's odd to me but one about which many of you clearly love to discuss, I get sarcastic 7th grade replies and rebukes. OK.

    The truth is there are many posts on WUS showing pictures of NATO straps, but very few details about *why* a NATO strap is beneficial or desirable. Most of you LOVE to discuss watch concepts -- even the ones you've discussed before. Give people a break who haven't read and studied this forum for years and years. I see posts on WUS all the time that seem goofy or insignificant to me, yet those guys get 20+ positive responses.

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    Re: What's the Deal with NATO straps?

    Natos are by far the most comfortable and cheapest straps. They are also rugged, more fail proof, stupid easy to replace (3 seconds with no tools in pitch dark) and they have non solid color desgins. Bracelet and leather look better but I prefer all the advantages above.

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