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    Omega NATO pop-up store in Paris...

    https://instagram.com/p/BfybC39DxEm/

    Omega have opened a pop-up store purely selling their NATOs. Looks like a few unique options in the video. Something different, Id like to see this in the UK.

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    Good idea,how its changed from people looking down on us wearing these straps.

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    It seems that Omega have expanded their range of NATO straps since I last took a look. See their collection.

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    Just out of interest how much better are genuine NATOs from say Omega than one from a run of the mill store? Say watchgecko or watchobsession

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robins View Post
    Just out of interest how much better are genuine NATOs from say Omega than one from a run of the mill store? Say watchgecko or watchobsession
    IMO, much much better, but not 10 times better if you take the price into account. The only NATO that can compare to these straps are from Phenomenato. Silky smooth, not too thick, the buckle correctly placed, and from Phenomenato they cost around 35 quid.

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    Like it or not, they are the best NATOs going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robins View Post
    Just out of interest how much better are genuine NATOs from say Omega than one from a run of the mill store? Say watchgecko or watchobsession
    I am not normally a strap cheapskate and will happily pay 80-250 for a decent quality leather strap.

    However whilst the Omega NATOs are good, at 120-150 I don't view them as justifying the price differential compared with a decent quality one costing 15-20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperC View Post
    IMO, much much better, but not 10 times better if you take the price into account. The only NATO that can compare to these straps are from Phenomenato. Silky smooth, not too thick, the buckle correctly placed, and from Phenomenato they cost around 35 quid.
    Isn't one of the features of a NATO that you can position the buckle wherever you please by simply sliding the watch head up or down the strap a little? Or are you talking about some other form of placement?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hafle View Post
    Isn't one of the features of a NATO that you can position the buckle wherever you please by simply sliding the watch head up or down the strap a little? Or are you talking about some other form of placement?
    Well, there is the possibility to adjust the buckle placement a bit. But I’ve tried so many NATO’s and with only two brands I could get the buckle in the middle of my wrist. They’re all different, ranging from 26 to 32cm, stitching never placed the same, either too close together or too far apart (with the last, there is more room for change), too thick, too thin, etc, etc.

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    I purchased an Omega NATA black strap with the grey-bordered edges and was very impressed with the quality, and the stainless buckle finished it off nicely.

    The only problem was it was a 21-22mm strap and it ended up being a little wide for my Speedmaster lugs and I should have purchased a 19-20mm strap. FYI

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    Cheers for the feedback. Not sure if I'll be buying one soon but good to know anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seamaster73 View Post
    Like it or not, they are the best NATOs going.
    The tudor ones are fantastic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Middo View Post
    The tudor ones are fantastic
    There is a video on YouTube about tudor NATO's being made...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Middo View Post
    The tudor ones are fantastic
    It's just that it's not a NATO ;). And awfully short for the bigger wrists.

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    Agreed on the Tudor straps.

    Nice selection on Omega site now, so a lot more choice.
    It's just a matter of time...

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    Omega NATO pop-up store in Paris...

    As a child I remember my Dad wearing his Oyster Royal on a red/white five stripe NATO
    Red/white/red/white/red.
    Ive never been able to find one.

    Et voil... pop up Omega.

    Its close, but the blue edge stripes might mess with my C.D.O.
    ...and 120 might take some swallowing too.

    Last edited by John Wall; 2nd March 2018 at 21:54.

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    You tube video on pop up shop Paris.

    https://youtu.be/xWn3tm5_OAI

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    Hope we get one in London soon.

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    Heading over soon so shall go and take a look. Can't see myself buying one due to what has made NATOs appeal to me in the past - a cheap way of having one strap for multiple watches that is comfortable whilst also being secure.

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    Clever idea.

    All the while they can sell them at that price then i say good luck to them.

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    Those spring bars they've inserted for the NATO look somewhat curved, no? 1:16 onwards

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    Quote Originally Posted by hughtrimble View Post
    Those spring bars they've inserted for the NATO look somewhat curved, no? 1:16 onwards
    Yeahhhh, it's probably one of their curve spring bars which is really ideal for Natos. I own both Omega and Phenomenato and I can say Omega is indeed very pricey. But the comfort and fitting is pretty much the same apart from I prefer the Omega buckle. Omega buckle is not that wide and for that, it is more comfortable specially when you have a lot of wrist motion.

    Will take a picture of the Phenomenato and add it here.

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    And here's the Phenomenato...



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    Can I ask why are the curved pins better than traditional ones? Aren't they more prone of breaking? I was told against them by a local watch service guy for the exact same reasons.
    Apparently much more pressure is placed on the ends of the pins resulting to subsequent damage.
    Any experiences?

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