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    Looking for the perfect strap for diving

    Been looking around for straps for my watch for watersports/swimming/snorkeling/diving and looks like every strap has their drawbacks. looking for most security

    1. i could use the stainless bracelet that comes on my watch but rather not
    2. MN Straps - looks good. Does the material stretch when wet? will the keeper come loose in the water? If spring bar breaks, watch will still stay on
    3. natos - could be my best option. material does stretch in water, tougher to dry, buckle could come loose. Spring bar security also
    4. velccro - i have no experience with velcro straps or ones that actually look good too.

    Are there any other type of straps that i may be missing? Suggestions? Thanks!
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    Re: Looking for the perfect strap for diving

    I have always used a ZULU strap for diving. Warm and cold water, no suit, wet suit, semi dry suit and dry suit.

    Never had a problem, buckle has never come loose, i don't see that it could. Did it up too tight once and popped a spring bar (always carry spares, so no issue) but that was my fault not the fault of the strap.

    Bloomin marvelous things ZULU straps.

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    Re: Looking for the perfect strap for diving

    Rubber. Bonetto Cinturini or similar natural rubber.

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    Re: Looking for the perfect strap for diving

    Quote Originally Posted by Carl.1 View Post
    I have always used a ZULU strap for diving. Warm and cold water, no suit, wet suit, semi dry suit and dry suit.

    Never had a problem, buckle has never come loose, i don't see that it could. Did it up too tight once and popped a spring bar (always carry spares, so no issue) but that was my fault not the fault of the strap.

    Bloomin marvelous things ZULU straps.
    5 ring? 3 ring? any brand preference?

    looks like strap code has a water resistant 5 ring in blue that looks good to me.
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    Re: Looking for the perfect strap for diving

    Quote Originally Posted by kplam View Post
    Rubber. Bonetto Cinturini or similar natural rubber.

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    I meant to clarify that Bonetto Cinturini has a rubber deployant bracelet and rubber NATO if security is important.

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    Re: Looking for the perfect strap for diving

    I would advice you get a rubber strap, cheap and durable.

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    Re: Looking for the perfect strap for diving

    yea saw the Bonetto Cinturini natos. saw them also on watchgeckos site. Not 100% sure if i want to pay $60 for a rubber nato yet especially from watchgecko. I dont trust them anymore after my last nato order from them. Their natos are flimsy and very low quality. May go the zulu route from strapcode.

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    Re: Looking for the perfect strap for diving

    Isofrane comes to mine. I have dozens of divers and have made over 1100 dives as of last month. Nato's work fine, rubber works fine, bracelets work fine, sharkmesh works great and looks cool, velcro is okay. What kind of watch, diving fresh or salt water? All have bearing. Spring bars should be upgraded on all watches IMHO

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    Re: Looking for the perfect strap for diving

    For what it's worth, Bonetto Cinturini 328 rubber NATO are available from other sources than WatchGecko. You can find them at Holbens, Gnomon, and Page & Cooper I believe. They are $40 roughly.

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    Re: Looking for the perfect strap for diving

    YellowDog 5 ring rubber nato is what I always use in the water.

    Great and custom made to your specs.

    Been using for many years and they still look brand new!


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