Nato straps: am I doing it right?

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Nato straps: am I doing it right?

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I ordered this yellow Nato from Bark & Jack but I'm not sure about it actually. I think it's a Nato strap thing generally and not a reflection on Bark & Jack.

It seems very bulky around the wrist and then, from the side, there's a big gap. Have I fitted it properly?

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Your doing it right but its a thick/new strap. You could always cut off the second pass and make it a single pass nato (which i prefer)
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That looks about right. It’s the nature of the beast with NATOs.
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Yes, its fitted correctly in the standard way. I would try and get that right keeper, closer to the lugs, though.

Here's a video, method three might also be of use.
https://youtu.be/g9d5tRc3GKE

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That’s completely wrong.


Not how you’re wearing it, the fact you’re wearing a nato…….
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magicman wrote: Wed Jul 26, 2023 1:47 pm Yes, its fitted correctly in the standard way. I would try and get that right keeper, closer to the lugs, though.

Here's a video, method three might also be of use.
https://youtu.be/g9d5tRc3GKE

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I frequently use method 3 from that video to get a cleaner look with thicker watches. It also allows me to position the buckle a bit better on my smaller wrist.
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iain wrote: Wed Jul 26, 2023 1:55 pm That’s completely wrong.

Not how you’re wearing it, the fact you’re wearing a nato…….
:lol: :lol: :lol:
I agree. However, if you want the NATO look without the bulk or the huge gap. Go for a 2-piece.

By the way!, great watch and strap colour.
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magicman wrote: Wed Jul 26, 2023 1:47 pm Yes, its fitted correctly in the standard way. I would try and get that right keeper, closer to the lugs, though.

Here's a video, method three might also be of use.
https://youtu.be/g9d5tRc3GKE

Regards Steve

Thanks for the video - method three looks to be the one that I would like most... but...

iain wrote: Wed Jul 26, 2023 1:55 pm
Not how you’re wearing it, the fact you’re wearing a nato…….
:lol: :lol: :lol:

... it's made me realise that I don't actually like wearing natos. I'll be selling this strap on at a greatly reduced price soon!
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Personally, I've never been keen. Your picture showing that baggy gap and a comment further down suggesting that it's expected is the final nail in that coffin for me.
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@RichM - I love NATOs. They’re so funky, toolish, swappable, cool, cheap. But I’ve tried and tried and they always look good on other people and not me. There’s no watchie disgrace in never wearing one of the ridiculous things ever again :lol: :thumbup:
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Seatbelt type NATOs don't require any break in period. Those ribbed NATOs will. The tougher the material the more break in time that will be needed.

I would suggest trying some different types before you throw the baby out with the bath.

I would point toward some Zulu Diver Seatbelt NATOs from WatchGecko.
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You can normally adjust the fit so that there is no gap, certainly not an obvious gap like that. I now tend to fold the extra piece back on itself so the holed strap passes through the extra keeper and the clasp. That way the secured loop ends up on the back of the wrist, and the front of the wrist looks tidier.

So the first picture is how you would normally attach the strap. In the second you move the watch nearer to the tail, and fold the short piece back on itself, so you thread the longer piece through both clasps as in picture 3. When you fasten the strap you now have no visible loop near the watch, and a double thickness on the back of the wrist, which is actually quite comfortable as in pictures 4 and 5. You end up with the side views as in the last two pictures.

Perhaps @rkovars could confirm which one of his examples this one represents (if any) :D
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^^^ I’ll occasionally use that single loop method.

I vary how I wear the strap depending on the watch in question and either how the strap fits with it or how looks with it. And also depending on the nature of the strap itself.
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I love nato straps, not sure why you have such a gap, as Steve said try positioning the watch more central, it’s worth persevering when you get it right they are very comfortable straps and loads to choose from. I have a number of B&J straps and think they are really good straps, here’s 2 B &J straps :thumbup:

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