Reason for only two rings on a zulu vs. 4

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    Reason for only two rings on a zulu vs. 4?

    It seems that 4 rings has practicality on a zulu, so why only two rings? They don't really secure the watch any more than the springbars do since there is no overlapping piece that just holds the watch like on a 4 ringer.

    Is there a reason that they are worn with the buckle at 4 oclock, or is that just personal preference? It's a different configuration than most any other watch straps, so I figured there had to be a reason.
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    Re: Reason for only two rings on a zulu vs. 4

    Hi

    Two rings allows the buckle to be at the back of the wrist, and lets the watch sit a bit lower as there is only one layer of strap. Four rings is the normal NATO config and is a little more secure but the watch sits higher on the wrist and the buckle sits further to the back of the wrist. I'm just about to order a two ring for my Citizen Tough in grey with satin black pvd rings. Both types will keep the watch on the strap if a springbar gives way.

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    Re: Reason for only two rings on a zulu vs. 4

    No real reason mate, i suspect it is so a manufacturer can say 'look at mine, it's better, it's got four!'

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    Re: Reason for only two rings on a zulu vs. 4

    As Matt says (although my old eyes can only just read his small font...), 4 rings gives the greatest security, hence the adoption by NATO, amongst others.

    Two-ring is neater for everyday use. The buckle can be placed under the wrist, and the watch isn't raised so high off the wrist.

    The four-ring configuration looks a bit 'military wannabe' to me, so I use the two-ring straps.
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    Re: Reason for only two rings on a zulu vs. 4

    Quote Originally Posted by Carl.1 View Post
    No real reason mate, i suspect it is so a manufacturer can say 'look at mine, it's better, it's got four!'
    I don't think so. To the best of my knowledge, the two-ring versions were later variants made by manufacturers of the original four-ring versions.
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    Re: Reason for only two rings on a zulu vs. 4

    Ive found with my G and adapters that putting the buckle at the normal place under my wrist is more comfortable than riding it sideways-i guess im the weird one! I do like the strap though-ive had 4 ringers before, but not a two.
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    Re: Reason for only two rings on a zulu vs. 4

    [quote=tribe125;1251131]As Matt says (although my old eyes can only just read his small font...), 4 rings gives the greatest security, hence the adoption by NATO, amongst others.

    OOps sorry must haved clicked some crazy font button

    As Tribe agrees go for two ring I had four and the extra rings are a bit unnecessary.

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    Re: Reason for only two rings on a zulu vs. 4

    There are 4-rings Maratac Zulu too, Alathea, with the same NATO design.

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    Re: Reason for only two rings on a zulu vs. 4

    Quote Originally Posted by mattchrono View Post
    Hi

    Two rings allows the buckle to be at the back of the wrist, and lets the watch sit a bit lower as there is only one layer of strap. Four rings is the normal NATO config and is a little more secure but the watch sits higher on the wrist and the buckle sits further to the back of the wrist. I'm just about to order a two ring for my Citizen Tough in grey with satin black pvd rings. Both types will keep the watch on the strap if a springbar gives way.

    Regards

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    That's what I have my T-SAR on, I really dig the color. Just so you know, the zulus with the LowLite hardware come about an inch longer than the zulus with the ss hardware.


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