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Does anyone know what to call this kind of Nato Strap ?

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Hi Everybody,

I am looking for an extra-long Nato strap so that i can use a nato and still
have the caseback of the watch on my wrist, in otherwords, no Nato passing
under the watch. here's a mock-up with a Nato that is too short for the task:

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Does anyone know what to call this style of Nato? It could just be a simple Nato that would
be 325mm long, that would work ok, but i can't fine any that come that length.

Erika M&N makes them for $75 or so, and i think that's too high a price for a cloth strap.

I had one elastic marine nationale strap from Cheapest Nato that worked this way, and i
traded it with the Smith's PRS-40 Chrono it worked so perfectly on, thinking i could replace
it, but i'm seeing it was an aberation in being so long.

So, what are these called, and where can we find them?


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Glad that they will work for you too.
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They're here, and they're fabulous. Very, very comfortable, very low profile,
great colors ( the orange is a bit bright, it might keep you safe during hunting
season, but it will mellow with age, i'm sure...) I find the easiest way to put
it on is to keep the hardware engaged and just slip the hand through. It's also
really easy to re-size, All-in-all, i am very happy with these.

So i'm still wondering, what to call this configuration? A Zero-Pass Elastic
Nato? It's hard to buy something when you need a side view photo of it,
and a few sentences, to explain it :)

Maybe Kevin at Watch Steward will have a name for it, i'm going to send him
a link to this thread.

Thanks for your help, all,


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Looks like a Nick Mankey strap to me.

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Looks like a Nick Mankey strap to me.

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i just googled him, i didn't know these existed, but yeah, it's the exact same concept,
and i think it's a great one, predicated on the material being elastic, and you have any
load/g-forces transferred through 4 plies of this elastic fabric, and so it gives, but not
too much, and it keeps the caseback flush on the wrist.

it was -16º F here this am, and these look like really good winter straps to me, now.
they look fine for getting wet in the summetime, too. i'll probably start using them
on watches that don't have fixed springbars.

but what i like the most is that the watch stays where you put it. i really like that.
Stay put without stangulation
i have worked with my hands all my life, so i simply cannot strangulate my own hands,
and really, we're talking about strangulating blood flow, and strangulating
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