Why are some NATOs only available in 20mm?

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    Why are some NATOs only available in 20mm?

    I found a really nice Mother Russia NATO the has the colors of the Russian flag for my Russian watches in 20mm. But I also wanted 18mm because my Vostoks are 18 but no luck. Also found a nice yellow camo that would look good on my gold Vostok Komandirskie but only found 20mm from different sellers. They have the same strap in the same size-only 20mm. Why is this?

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    Re: Why are some NATOs only available in 20mm?

    Popularity. Lots of watches use 20mm lugs, but they come in all sizes. Just need to hunt around a bit.
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    Re: Why are some NATOs only available in 20mm?

    You probably also have to consider the source of the woven strap material itself.

    Whatever factory produces it makes it in rolls, which are then sold to different manufacturers, which may use it for handles on bags, dog collars, pet leashes, helmet straps, etc. As such, there may be more demand of certain colour combinations in certain sizes, and it they just don't happen to have the particular colour combination for the 18mm's available, then you won't find a watch strap made in that.

    That said, I'm sure with enough cash investment, a strap manufacturer could probably get a textile factory to do a custom run of a custom colour combination. However, it would likely be a very large quantity to justify setting up the equipment for a custom run, and then it becomes a question of whether they could sell enough straps to recoup the initial investment costs (which for the less common 18mm strap width is definitely a concern).

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    Re: Why are some NATOs only available in 20mm?

    Hopefully soon I'll find the Mother Russia in 18mm.

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    Re: Why are some NATOs only available in 20mm?

    Did you review the sticky at the top of this forum with the list of on line strap vendors for a resource?
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    Re: Why are some NATOs only available in 20mm?

    Simply because 20mm is the most common/popular strap size.

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