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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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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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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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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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As long as we're still on straps, I'll post an incoming (Haveston vendor image).

Update: Strap delivered timely. Matched the intended watch well. Did require curved spring bars for proper fit, though.
 

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Been wanting a bright green NATO-type strap in a 22MM width and found only 18MM and 20MM. Bertucci had a 22MM and put it on sale, so it's incoming. (vendor image)
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Been wanting a bright green NATO-type strap in a 22MM width and found only 18MM and 20MM. Bertucci had a 22MM and put it on sale, so it's incoming. (vendor image) View attachment 446704
Note: Anyone seeking this strap or similar might want to use the Bertucci site vs Amazon's. Price difference -- Bertucci site $12; Amazon $31, and Bertucci currently has them on sale (discount code: CBNYLON).
 

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Most straps on all those sites can be purchased on aliexpress.com for a few bucks, though they take weeks to arrive.
Couldn't find any Bertucci straps on Ali Express. I would suspect any higher-end items are not offered FS there.
 

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This is the Bertucci nylon strap after numerous washings, soaking in fabric softener, and much rinsing. Perhaps a bit stiff still? (This is the only new strap I've seen delivered by the seller completely flat and boxed.)
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I have no affiliation to this company but have bought 2 NATO's from them. StrapHabit has their own site and sells on the bay. Elastic NATO's that would suit your conversion well, buckle sits nicely centered under the wrist, and it is by far the most comfortable NATO I have ever worn.
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The elastic straps are versatile. I prefer the single-pass NATO's that require no tuck-in of the excess strap. So far the C&B adjustable, the CNS "homage" of the C&B, and Haveston A-2 have fulfilled that purpose.
 
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