I'm sure many of us like the beveled hardware that comes with Toxic NATOs. Lately all my strap decisions seem to be linked to the hardware (and the material like Phenomenato is using). I made a discovery while lusting after the Blancpain NATO. Someone posted that the BP hardware (which runs in the $450 range without the strap) is pinned like a normal watch strap with a spring bar.
I re-studied my Chrostopher Ward leather NATO, and to my great surprise, it is pinned.
Christopher Ward is having a sale on some of their NATO products right now. It seemed only natural to pick up some more, if for no other reason than to have the hardware. The straps are well made, so I'll get some use out of them, but I am really looking forward to having some hardware that I may be able to swap into some of my other straps that have less than desirable hardware (like maybe a Maratac or two).
Pics for comparison . I apologize in advance for the low quality.
This shows a Toxic NATO in front of the Christopher Ward.
Same again, different angle