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    Crown & Buckle, Cheap Nato Straps, or Clockwork Synergy?

    Looking to purchase a couple of perlon and leather straps, and I'm not sure which one to go with. I know Cheap Nato Straps is often talked about on these forums, but how about the other two? Are they all pretty much the same with respect to quality, service, and price?

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    Re: Crown & Buckle, Cheap Nato Straps, or Clockwork Synergy?

    If you’re looking for “seat belt” quality NATO, check out Cincy Strap Works. Their “seat belt” straps are very similar to the original Omega NATO Strap quality. I have both and I keep going back to Cincy.


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    Re: Crown & Buckle, Cheap Nato Straps, or Clockwork Synergy?

    Quote Originally Posted by huntflyer View Post
    If you’re looking for “seat belt” quality NATO, check out Cincy Strap Works. Their “seat belt” straps are very similar to the original Omega NATO Strap quality. I have both and I keep going back to Cincy.


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    Do they usually have the seat belt straps in black, I just see navy blue, navy and mixed colors.

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    Re: Crown & Buckle, Cheap Nato Straps, or Clockwork Synergy?

    Thanks for the suggestion, I'll check them out!

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    Re: Crown & Buckle, Cheap Nato Straps, or Clockwork Synergy?

    We also have Seat-Belt Nato straps and also in Black. See more here https://watchbandit.com/products/wat...s/wb-original/ and you further find a 15% voucher in my signature

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    Re: Crown & Buckle, Cheap Nato Straps, or Clockwork Synergy?

    Quote Originally Posted by WatchBandit.com View Post
    We also have Seat-Belt Nato straps and also in Black. See more here https://watchbandit.com/products/wat...s/wb-original/ and you further find a 15% voucher in my signature

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    Ah, wish I had checked this earlier! Just bought a perlon strap from another vendor.


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    Re: Crown & Buckle, Cheap Nato Straps, or Clockwork Synergy?

    Regarding Perlon straps, the one strong preference that I've developed is to stick with the 1-piece + floating keeper(s) type that uses ladder buckles. If the underside of your wrist is sensitive to scratchy threads/seams you have more leeway to reposition them or cover them up. Plus, of course, you have a ton of flexibility for sizing the strap. Finally, even if a strap originally came with a cheap stamped buckle it's trivial to upgrade to a premium ladder buckle (or one that matches your case finish) when a sale and/or coupon works in your favor. As long as the width is correct you can mix and match straps and buckles from different vendors. So, even if the strap itself isn't premium, you can work around that to some degree and still have something that's really comfortable.
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    Re: Crown & Buckle, Cheap Nato Straps, or Clockwork Synergy?

    I have a leather nato and a perlon from Crown and Buckle and they're great. I also have a couple of natos from Clockwork Synergy and they're good too. I think my favorite strap right now is the perlon from Crown and Buckle.

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    Re: Crown & Buckle, Cheap Nato Straps, or Clockwork Synergy?

    I've tried a perlon from an Amazon vendor, never again. Eulit or bust. Eulit Kristall (now discontinued I hear :_( ) had the great ladder buckle that someone mentioned, you can not only size it to suit you, you can shift the buckle a bit so if you're always using the same spot for the buckle tang, you can shift it around a bit to reduce the long term wear.



    I have a gray example of the the next coarser weave from Eulit I received from a user here, almost indistinguishable, still comfy. Highly recommend you try Eulit for your first perlon woven strap.

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    Re: Crown & Buckle, Cheap Nato Straps, or Clockwork Synergy?

    I have a seat belt strap from Crown & Buckle. Far and away the best NATO I own, but I haven't tried the other two yet unfortunately. Regardless, very impressed with C&B seatbelt material and build quality.
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