Better value than Bas and Lokes leather nato for Steinhart Ocean 1 Black?
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    Question Better value than Bas and Lokes leather nato for Steinhart Ocean 1 Black?

    I just got a Steinhart Ocean 1 Black, and like many people, I am not a huge can of the clasp. And like many people, I really want this baby on a brown leather nato. I found one that I love from Bas and Lokes, and from what I've heard, they make quality stuff:

    "Corbin" Mahagony Handmade Leather One Piece NATO Watch Straps

    But before I go spending $80 on a nato, I wanted to know if there were any forum favorites or better value alternatives that I should consider.

    Things that are important to me:

    • Leather: I really prefer full grain leather (possibly top grain, if it's really really nice)
    • Construction: fully tanned, solid and heavy hardware, any stitching should be strong and durable.
    • Color: dark-medium brown

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    Re: Better value than Bas and Lokes leather nato for Steinhart Ocean 1 Black?

    Bas and Lokes make damn fine straps. You can surely find a leather nato cheaper. I suspect it will not be of the same quality or match B&L on anything other than price. Short of going full custom bespoke strap you are going to have a very hard time finding a higher quality strap maker.

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    Re: Better value than Bas and Lokes leather nato for Steinhart Ocean 1 Black?

    Note that this isn't what most will call NATO...the keeper is leather, not the 2 metal loops. Worn & Wound has Horween single-pass for a bit less...but with the metal loops. Crown & Buckle has a few different grades, and price points...with the metal loops. I think Hodinkee has (or maybe had) Horween single-pass, but I don't remember if they were notably less.

    Also, it's important to realize that a single-pass strap can't be all that thick; full-grain leather often *won't* work. The strap has to pass between the case and the spring bar. Looking at pics of your watch, it looks like you've got a fair amount of room. However, I'd recommend checking. Take the bracelet off, at least of one end. Reinsert the spring bar. Try passing through some straps you've already got.

    EDIT: you did say single-pass, but I'd also suggest checking out the Worn & Wound Model 2's. They are 2-piece, but in the single-layer style, and with stitching only at the end loops. You get much the same presentation: all smooth, clean leather.
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    Re: Better value than Bas and Lokes leather nato for Steinhart Ocean 1 Black?

    Worn & Wound Model 2's
    Excellent suggestion. w&W makes great straps.
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    Re: Better value than Bas and Lokes leather nato for Steinhart Ocean 1 Black?

    Not sure about their Natos but I think I've bought about 5 Bas & Lokes straps. The craftsmanship is incredible. I just got one in 2 days ago. Much better than any stock strap.
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