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Old 11-26-2019, 11:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've converted all my NATO straps to a single-layer strap by eliminating the second "keeper" strap that sits under the watch and forms a second layer. I find the straps easier to change, easier to adjust so that the buckle is under the wrist, and the tucked-in end is less prominent, And of course the watch has a bit less height on the wrist as it sits on a single layer of fabric vs two. Anyone else made this type of conversion to your NATO's and what has been your results?
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Isn't it better to buy 2 partial?
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Mr. Yoda. Your images are so large it's difficult to see what you're trying to display, JMHO.


If by "2 partial" you mean a two-piece NATO, that is certainly an option. IMHO, it would limit the quick-change ability because the spring bars would have to be removed/reinserted with each change.
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ok, sorry.

On NATO modified forces affect the watch spring bars differently
To the detriment.


Lightweight watches can be worn, heavy ones will be less stable
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HI Guys
Apologies if I am hijacking this thread as I'm new and this was the closest thread I could find for my question.
I have a Seiko Kinetc Adventura 7L22-0AD0. Unfortunately I broke one of the inner pins on the metal strap i.e. one of the pins that is not accessible to the from the outside of the link. No watch repair place I have taken it to said it is possible to fix.
My solution is to go back to my army days and fit a NATO strap onto it.
Looking above somebody has done that mod already.
But has anyone done it on my particular model?
Is there anything I should watch out for?
Are there any tips or tricks?
Is there any pitfalls?
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Not sure what you mean by "on my particular model". If I understand your question correctly, you would be modifying a NATO strap and not the watch itself. Perhaps this video will shed more light on the subject:


https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...tail&FORM=VIRE
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HI Guys
Apologies if I am hijacking this thread as I'm new and this was the closest thread I could find for my question.
I have a Seiko Kinetc Adventura 7L22-0AD0. Unfortunately I broke one of the inner pins on the metal strap i.e. one of the pins that is not accessible to the from the outside of the link. No watch repair place I have taken it to said it is possible to fix.
My solution is to go back to my army days and fit a NATO strap onto it.
Looking above somebody has done that mod already.
But has anyone done it on my particular model?
Is there anything I should watch out for?
Are there any tips or tricks?
Is there any pitfalls?
If I am correct this watch has proprietary bracelet. So you can not change it out to fit a nato strap. You have to stick with the stock bracelet.
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7L22 is the one with the tint middle hole. As mentioned earlier, you can not fit anything other than the original straps made for it.

If the broken pin is on the non-sizing link, almost all watch repair shops will decline the service. These links were not designed to be fixed. Usually when a non sizing link breaks, manufacturer will sell you a complete bracelet.


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Try a look at Tungchoy watch straps, they have various Sportura replacement straps/bracelets. They might help you out.
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