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Are they frowned upon? Not really the classic canvas.

I've had a few NATO's and (as with leather bands) I like to wear them snug on my wrist so unless I luck out on hole placement it is usually a little loose or too tight.

I don't mind a little play on a bracelet, enough to wiggle but not turn, but a strap should stay put imo.

I've discovered the elastic NATO style, and it allows the fit I prefer but still looks, at least from anything past 4ft away, like a traditional NATO.

 

What are peoples thoughts, am I a heathen?

 

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I've got a couple of genuine Marine Nationale issue straps, and being honest, they're a bit naff, like wearing a pair of pants with the jaggy elastic digging into your waist, they weren't cheap either. 

My favourite are these type, canvas and comfortable. Same as a Kobold one piece before the prices went silly.

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I don't have an elastic "NATO" but I do like these straps by Billybelt - woven elastic. They are really comfortable.

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Not really Nato as such, but I recently acquired a few Marine & Paratrooper fabric straps (from CNS in Sweden) - I think they look really good & are comfortable to wear (much more so than a Nato imho) - My only complaint is they are a bit fiddly to put on (but I am "The Man With Five Thumbs"!) - I have a couple of the softer "Seat Belt" Nato straps & again they are less like having a cheese grater strapped to your wrist than an old school Nato ... 

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1 minute ago, PaulBoy said:

Not really Nato as such, but I recently acquired a few Marine & Paratrooper fabric straps (from CNS in Sweden) - I think they look really good & are comfortable to wear (much more so than a Nato imho) - My only complaint is they are a bit fiddly to put on (but I am "The Man With Five Thumbs"!) - I have a couple of the softer "Seat Belt" Nato straps & again they are less like having a cheese grater strapped to your wrist than an old school Nato ... 

 Try putting one on with the hook on the "6" end of the watch. I find it much easier that way.

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4 minutes ago, WRENCH said:

 Try putting one on with the hook on the "6" end of the watch. I find it much easier that way.

OK will give that a go, although as well as Mr 5 Thumbs I am also left-handed :crazy5vh:

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4 minutes ago, PaulBoy said:

I am also left-handed :crazy5vh:

So am I, that's one of the reasons I wear a watch on my right wrist. :laughing2dw:

I had more near misses with the hook on the top side than any other strap, ever.

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2 hours ago, sabailand said:

Dont like Nato`s full stop, can often make a nice looking watch look scruffy.

Some  watches can look ok with them but those are mainly if they come on them in the first place.

Sometimes a watch on a shiny bracelet needs to be de-blinged ...

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Especially if one is dressed down in one's blazer.

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5 minutes ago, Jet Jetski said:

Sometimes a watch on a shiny bracelet needs to be de-blinged ...

 

Especially if one is dressed down in one's blazer.

 

Might need more than a NATO. :hmmm9uh:

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Similar to @sabailand thoughts, they are one of those things that no matter how much you pay for them they still look like something off the Wednesday market and just make a decent watch look cheap. 

Years ago I bought a reasonably expensive one thinking I'd save my LV bracelet and it just looked naff 

 

 

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7 minutes ago, BondandBigM said:

they are one of those things that no matter how much you pay for them they still look like something off the Wednesday market and just make a decent watch look cheap. 

I kind of agree with that, with one exception, which does look and feel right, but it has to be the genuine strap.

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18 minutes ago, WRENCH said:

I kind of agree with that, with one exception, which does look and feel right, but it has to be the genuine strap.

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I'm still not convinced, does it no favours, especially a diver looks much better on a steel bracelet 

But hey ho that's just me and each to their own 

:)

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Jet Jetski said:

Sometimes a watch on a shiny bracelet needs to be de-blinged ...

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That colour of that strap on that watch dosnt look too bad tbh, but with Nato`s what i dont like and would never get used to is the bit tucked into the keepers, sometimes its fairly discreet but often its stuck up/bunched up and can look ridiculous, to me personally the only way a Nato style strap would look ok is if it was fitted/tailored to a particular watch.

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1 hour ago, sabailand said:

 personally the only way a Nato style strap would look ok is if it was fitted/tailored to a particular watch.

But then you'd feel jolly silly when you found you didn't have enough holes left to wear it over your rubber suit!  I gave my Citizen RM diver to a chap at work who was wandering about with a busted watch, and he couldn't get on with the bracelet, so I fitted my CWC NATO on there for him AND HE CUT THE TAIL OFF AND HEAT SEALED THE END WITH A HOT KNIFE because it was 'too long'.  I had showed him how to tuck it in on itself and everything. 

My favourite NATO.

I'm over it now though.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrggghhhhh!

2 hours ago, BondandBigM said:

just make a decent watch look cheap

I only need one watch that looks elegant for going to a 'do'.  My dad's old gold watch on croco.

I only need one watch that looks 'smart' for going to client meetings.  My Armand Nicolet on bracelet - and even that is in sales corner thanks to lockdowns and 'zoom' meetings.

I love my Ball on a NATO for munging around the industrial campus I work on.  Even though I only go once a week now.

Everything else is just for interest - like technology corner with old waterproof cases and such, nearly all on leather one piece straps - or munging about on hills (on leather or nylon NATO straps) - or wearing on a run (again on leather or nylon NATO in case it is tempted to 'let go' - only happened to me once when my rucksack dragged a watch off, turned out the spring bars were the wrong size (prolly the previous owner rather than Citizen).

 

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P.s.

1 hour ago, sabailand said:

tailored to a particular watch

I re-jigged the ironwork on this so that the last keeper is floating leather, rather than fixed metal, so I can just catch the tail whichever watch it is on.

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It was a NATO but I cut the extra loop off, as this watch head won't move anywhere on this strap, nor fall off when I unbuckle it.

2 hours ago, BondandBigM said:

a diver looks much better on a steel bracelet

I know she didn't dive in it, but Mercedes Gleitz wore her Oyster round her neck on her channel swim.

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But I'm sticking with leather for mine.  It's pateena, darling!  Won't get that on stainless steel.

25 minutes ago, jsud2002 said:

I have a Marine Nationale style on one of my Vostoks 

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If that is 18mm, I can feel one coming on for this puppy ...

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yours looks great.

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On 17/04/2021 at 17:40, WRENCH said:

 Try putting one on with the hook on the "6" end of the watch. I find it much easier that way.

Just received a couple of 20mm Paratrooper straps from CNS & tried your tip of having the hook at the 6 end - Much better! - As a leftie who wears watches on right wrist, I have always struggled to take a pic due to cameras being designed for righties - I took the pic below with my left hand (with the camera upside down) & just rotated the image during editing - Why I didn't work that out sooner is something to discuss with my psychiatrist  :crazy5vh:

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