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    Nato straps look cheap?

    So, Im waiting for a friend with my speedy on black nato.. So my friend sees me and says, you go a new watch?
    and i told her it was just a new strap, and a few mins of talking, she advised me to change to leather or bracelet saying she thinks it looks cheap...

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    Re: Nato straps look cheap?

    I usually get the same reaction to my cloth straps. I love nato/zulu etc on watches, quite possibly the most comfortable strap you can wear a watch on, but they don't really impress others outside of the WUS/WIS folk

    I think they look military, utilitarian, and toolesq. It is a strap to keep the watch on your wrist using a material that is cheap, easy to clean, fits any size of wrist out of the box, durable, and of course a design that can resist lug pin breaks. .
    Not as clumsy or as random as a cell phone. An elegant timepiece for a more civilized time.

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    Re: Nato straps look cheap?

    Quote Originally Posted by subrosa View Post
    I usually get the same reaction to my cloth straps. I love nato/zulu etc on watches, quite possibly the most comfortable strap you can wear a watch on, but they don't really impress others outside of the WUS/WIS folk

    I think they look military, utilitarian, and toolesq. It is a strap to keep the watch on your wrist using a material that is cheap, easy to clean, fits any size of wrist out of the box, durable, and of course a design that can resist lug pin breaks. .
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    is it mostly only women that think this? or nonWIS in general?

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    Re: Nato straps look cheap?

    Nope - everyone who comments on my watches derides the NATO straps on them. Even my friend, who is watch interested but doesn't really know what a NATO/G10 strap is.

    Are they "the Emperor's new clothes"? No, I think they downplay my watches nicely. Its probably because most people associate a "nice" (read expensive, ie more than *gasp* $50) watch with a thick, shiny metal bracelet. I have been talking about a Speedmaster Pro to my girlfriend the last twenty years, and she kept saying "Well, if you want one, buy one!" So I finally did, and she said: "THATS the watch you have been talking about!?" I love it - understated is the way to go, and a NATO is perfect for that
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    Re: Nato straps look cheap?

    I really like them. In fact, it's hard for me to go back to bracelet once it's on.

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    Re: Nato straps look cheap?

    For me it's all about having options. The NATO strap is one option among many. naturally not everyone will like it. In precisely the same way I have a friend who taunts me about the wide variety of strange animals that have been murdered (not my choice of word) to provide me with funky straps. Mind you she is now also convinced that you can get Meerkat skin straps. I'm going to go to hell...
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    Re: Nato straps look cheap?

    Well, females are outlooks biased creatures.

    NATO is very durable and versatile strap, originally planned for military usage. And when its question of MIL standards...those straps are GOOD.

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    Re: Nato straps look cheap?

    i love NATO straps

    just bought a new one actually! navy blue for my Seiko Pepsi Diver
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    Re: Nato straps look cheap?

    In all honesty, I think your friend is right; it does look cheap. I only wear NATOs in super-casual situations (like on the beach near the water) precisely because it dresses down a watch and no-one will think you are wearing a super expensive watch. Only James Bond would wear one with a Tux (ala "Goldfinger"). :)

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