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    Re: Nato straps look cheap?

    They don't look cheap. They look casual. Wear what you want! If you're in the board room, wear a leather strap dress watch. Otherwise, if you don't need to be dressed up, then rock the NATO or zulu or whatever.





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    Re: Nato straps look cheap?



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    Re: Nato straps look cheap?

    Yep, I agree with your girlfriend. The NATO straps look cheap on an expensive watch, IMHO. I would not think of putting my Rolex EXP II or any of my Omegas on a NATO strap. I think the Rolex and the Omegas look best on the factory bracelet.

    However, I really like this Swiss Army watch on a NATO rather than the leather strap sent from the factory. Cheers, Bill P.


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    Re: Nato straps look cheap?

    I wear what I like, not to impress. For me, they are the only thing I wear during the summer or while active/sweating with a watch. I liken them to seer sucker suits and workout clothing, but do not hesitate to wear them in the conference room either.

    I do watches because I enjoy them. Wear what you like and enjoy yourself.


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    Re: Nato straps look cheap?

    Quote Originally Posted by children View Post
    she thinks it looks cheap...
    The ladies think they look cheap.

    What more do you need to stop using those

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    Re: Nato straps look cheap?

    Quote Originally Posted by dmark View Post
    I wear what I like, not to impress. For me, they are the only thing I wear during the summer or while active/sweating with a watch. I liken them to seer sucker suits and workout clothing, but do not hesitate to wear them in the conference room either.

    I do watches because I enjoy them. Wear what you like and enjoy yourself.

    thats a nice piece, what is it? (pardon my ignorance!)
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    Re: Nato straps look cheap?

    I'm lovin' NATOs at the moment. Have them on both of my Omegas.
    I don't think they look cheap - they 'dress down' a watch nicely. Sometimes a stainless steel bracelet can look too 'blingy' - like the fully polished Breitling Professional II or Pilot bracelets.

    Also important to remember that people generally only put them on 'tool watches' so they're definitely complimentary.


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    Re: Nato straps look cheap?

    Now I'd hate to think anyone thought my Regimental Strap was cheap, us Gentlemen of the Royal Engineers tend to take exception to that kind of remark ..... ........




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    Quote Originally Posted by Edtv View Post

    What strap is that, exactly (and possibly where to buy)? I have the 5-ring Zulu and I'd like to get this one as an alternative!
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    Re: Nato straps look cheap?

    funny thing is at one time some of these were combat watches, I can't speak for the Rolex as I am not completely informed, but the Omega SM300 had fixed bars on the Royal Navt issue, correct me if I am wrong but what else would work besides this type band



    Quote Originally Posted by capp325 View Post
    I will probably take heat for saying this, but not only do NATO straps look cheap, they are also bad taste when mated to an expensive watch - sort of like wearing A. Testoni dress shoes with white socks or an Armani blazer with a polo shirt. I don't understand the obsession some people have with fancy, expensive watches that look utilitarian and "tool-like". It's like the reverse of the bling-bling look, where everything must be shiny and diamond-encrusted. In my opinion, both of those trends are fundamentally silly. What happened to to going for an elegant, tasteful, appropriate look?

    The way I see it, if you want a tool watch, get a Casio G-Shock. And if you buy a Rolex or Omega, don't go around pretending like it's something that an average GI would wear in combat.
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