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    Question Most authentic military strap?

    I'm looking for a new strap for my Speedmaster. I'm interested in buying the most "authentic" military strap possible - i.e. if I were in the RAF, what strap would I be issued with?

    From looking around, it seems that the MoD standard (http://www.h-spot.net/watches/mod/watchstraps_2001.pdf - assuming this hasn't been superseded?) calls for a woven nylon strap in Admiralty Grey, with welded joints, 280mm in length, 20mm wide, 1-2mm thick, with brass, chromium plated buckle/prong/loops.

    Is that what you'd still be issued with as standard in the RAF? Would it always be Admiralty Grey? And does that standard refer to what people call a "NATO" or a "G10" strap? I see that some straps that people refer to as "NATO" have three loops, but some only have two - and some have four or more. What's the difference between these and "Zulu" straps? There's a lot of conflicting information out there :)

    Does the MoD have a sole supplier that they use? I've seen a lot of very similar things online, but I want to get the "real deal" if I can. If anyone can link me to a good supplier I'd appreciate it.

    Thanks in advance for your assistance.

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    aytri

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    Re: Most authentic military strap?

    You wouldn't want to wear it. You'd be looking at canvas coloured to kit and a big old strip of Velcro.

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    Re: Most authentic military strap?

    I agree.

    Stick with something that is newer, but looks more vintage.
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    Re: Most authentic military strap?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nokie View Post
    I agree.

    Stick with something that is newer, but looks more vintage.
    Any suggestions?

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    Re: Most authentic military strap?

    Anything with blood on it!!?
    So many watches.....so little time.....

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    Re: Most authentic military strap?

    Phoenix Straps make the authentic MOD issue straps in Admiralty grey, Black and Olive. These nylon straps have a finer weave than most NATO you can get.

    I attached some pics on one on my Steinhart OVM, this is the strap Rolex MilSubs would have been issued with.
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    Re: Most authentic military strap?

    Can these be bought in the UK?

    Cheers,
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    Re: Most authentic military strap?

    Quote Originally Posted by aytri View Post
    Can these be bought in the UK?
    search ebay uk for "mickie500"

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