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    Omega NATO straps

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    Anyone bought one of these? Thinking about getting one for my PO ti. Specifically the grey with blue stripe as it has the blue dial.
    Would love to hear people opinions. Never had a nato before on any watch.

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    Could I suggest you try a Timefactors NATO and see how you get on with that and the buy an Omega if you like it.
    Obviously other decent NATO s are available, I am sure other can suggest their favourites.

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    Haven't bought one, but the speedmaster came with a black one. Quality far exceeds any other strap I have used (haven't used TF strap).
    If you have never used nato before, may be worth trying a less expensive one to see if you like using nato strap.

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    Non Omega strap, bit my PO on a NATO.

    Also wear with a grey NATO.

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    The omega NATOís are the best you can get. Nothing else even comes close to the quality.

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    For Nato straps I always get mine from here.
    https://www.esprit-nato.com/en/15-or...o-watch-straps
    Very well made and fast delivery.

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    Omega NATO straps

    I’ve got 4 of them; 1 leather and the rest nylon. I know they aren’t cheap but they are by far the best quality nato straps I’ve seen and to me I feel that they are worth the money.

    I’ve got the strap I think you mean - is it this one? I know it’s on a Rolex but you get the idea....




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    Yeah that's the very one.
    Thanks for all the replies. If I'm gonna do it I'll go all in and just buy the Omega.
    I take it the Normal springbars are suitable?

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    Why buy the Omega ones if you can get the same / similar quality for a fraction of the price as was listed earlier- itís just nylon, donít overpay....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsteenekamp View Post
    Why buy the Omega ones if you can get the same / similar quality for a fraction of the price as was listed earlier- itís just nylon, donít overpay....
    Couldn't agree more only I'm what we would call a purist. I mean I spent 220 quid on the rubber strap for it. And it's just 2 pieces of rubber

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    Quote Originally Posted by sniper-sam View Post
    Yeah that's the very one.
    Thanks for all the replies. If I'm gonna do it I'll go all in and just buy the Omega.
    I take it the Normal springbars are suitable?

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    If you order it from omega online it will come with springbars and a changing tool and mat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Middo View Post
    If you order it from omega online it will come with springbars and a changing tool and mat.
    As above - this is what comes from Omega direct. Its a pretty decent little set, certainly helps with the "value for money" worries!






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    Quote Originally Posted by rsteenekamp View Post
    Why buy the Omega ones if you can get the same / similar quality for a fraction of the price as was listed earlier- itís just nylon, donít overpay....
    But the quality isnít the same; itís far superior


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    They are eye watering expensive but...
    they are the best NATO style strap on the market.
    They are soft but hard wearing, they are a little short but not too short, and the movable keeper helps keep it nice and tidy whilst being adjustable to all wrists.
    I had one on today and I prefer it over the bracelet any day. (Even compared to the bracelet with adjustable clasp).

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    What are the leather oneís like? Are they suitable for saltwater and swimming pool use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinnlover View Post
    They are eye watering expensive but...
    they are the best NATO style strap on the market.
    They are soft but hard wearing, they are a little short but not too short, and the movable keeper helps keep it nice and tidy whilst being adjustable to all wrists.
    I had one on today and I prefer it over the bracelet any day. (Even compared to the bracelet with adjustable clasp).
    Yes I've even got the adjustable clasp on my bracelet. Another expense. Just to try and get the perfect fit. It helps.
    Think I'll order one of these NATO straps..

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    Quote Originally Posted by thenikjones View Post
    What are the leather oneís like? Are they suitable for saltwater and swimming pool use?
    Iíve got the brown Navarro leather one on my Speedy at the minute and definitely not suitable for getting wet in my opinion. Iíd say the same for the black nylon one with leather lining. They donít feel and look like theyíd cope well with going for a swim, and Iím not brave enough to try!


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    Quote Originally Posted by sniper-sam View Post
    Yes I've even got the adjustable clasp on my bracelet. Another expense. Just to try and get the perfect fit. It helps.
    Think I'll order one of these NATO straps..

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    I have 4 and they are by far the comfiest NATO, the keepers are great design and quality and the ďOmegaĒ branded keeper is the perfect finishing touch in my opinion.

    Yes you can spend way less but itís nowhere near the same product.

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    Guys, try the one from Toxic straps....you'll thank me later


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    Quote Originally Posted by rsteenekamp View Post
    Why buy the Omega ones if you can get the same / similar quality for a fraction of the price...
    Because you canít.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nono View Post
    Guys, try the one from Toxic straps....you'll thank me later

    The keepers donít work for me...

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    I'd find the Omega Natos tough to justify. £25-30 would be my natural price limit, and for that Haveston straps are for me excellent https://www.haveston.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Megatron View Post
    But the quality isnít the same; itís far superior


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    Agreed, they might be expensive but they are a level above any other NATO out there IMO, and that includes the other premium ones.

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    Just wondering- Are the omega NATO straps you order separately the same as the extra ones they give you as part of the big Moonwatch box, or are they better?

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    Worth the money to me, have one on my SMPc.


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    Iíve a grey/black one to go on my Speedie and yes I know you can get them far cheaper but the Omega ones are top quality and having the little Omega stamp on the keeper is a nice matching touch. Is it value for money, probably not but then again the watches arenít exactly cheap either.

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    they are very well made and having the Omega pin buckle is nice to compliment the watch as is the other bits of branding.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve27752 View Post
    For Nato straps I always get mine from here.
    https://www.esprit-nato.com/en/15-or...o-watch-straps
    Very well made and fast delivery.
    Thanks for that - they offer hard-to-find 19mm, perfect for my CWC chrono. And they are in France, so cheap delivery costs for me.

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    I've got a black one for my Speedmaster but I'm not keen on the fit. I bought one from Bark and Jack in grey for £20, the finish is of a very high standard.

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    Gone ahead and ordered the grey and blue.
    Hopefully it'll meet my expectations.
    I just prefer to wear oem straps. Just my personal preference.
    I'll post a pic of it on the watch when it arrives next week.

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    Late to the party here but you made a good choice and I think it will complement your watch nicely. I had the black/gray Omega nato on my Aqua Terra and it was superb. The quality and durability were the best Iíve seen in a nato.
    Having owned one, Iíd have no hesitation in buying another if it was in the style I wanted.

    Each to their own obviously but, personally, I donít understand the argument of paying less for a non OEM strap purely because itís cheaper. If you can afford an expensive watch Iím not sure why youíd then skimp on the strap/bracelet unless it was due to wanting a particular style.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob777 View Post
    Late to the party here but you made a good choice and I think it will complement your watch nicely. I had the black/gray Omega nato on my Aqua Terra and it was superb. The quality and durability were the best Iíve seen in a nato.
    Having owned one, Iíd have no hesitation in buying another if it was in the style I wanted.

    Each to their own obviously but, personally, I donít understand the argument of paying less for a non OEM strap purely because itís cheaper. If you can afford an expensive watch Iím not sure why youíd then skimp on the strap/bracelet unless it was due to wanting a particular style.




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    Kind of my thought's too but no disrespect to anyone that puts whatever on their watch. I just prefer to have the proper strap on the watch.
    So having never owned a Nato before can you get them wet?
    Generally after having the seals go on this watch I don't wear it in water too often, insurance claim of 1200 quid to get the watch fixed.
    I'll wear it swimming etc but for the shower, fish tank etc I take it off.

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    I have bought a few from gheko straps and they have served well especially at the price point. Also quite comfortable.


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    Quote Originally Posted by sniper-sam View Post
    So having never owned a Nato before can you get them wet?
    Generally after having the seals go on this watch I don't wear it in water too often, insurance claim of 1200 quid to get the watch fixed.
    I'll wear it swimming etc but for the shower, fish tank etc I take it off.

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    You can get them wet. The watch might feel a bit loose though as nylon will stretch slightly when wet.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob777 View Post
    You can get them wet. The watch might feel a bit loose though as nylon will stretch slightly when wet.


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    Thanks for that

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyp View Post
    I'd find the Omega Natos tough to justify. £25-30 would be my natural price limit, and for that Haveston straps are for me excellent https://www.haveston.com/
    £25-30 to keep a £2-4K watch safely on the wrist is a compromise in my book. But I am stickler for things matching. Non-OEM kit just doesnít work for me (he says with a Bark & Jack NATO on his MB3, but the Bremont ones are rubbish).

    Itís similar to people buying the cheapest tyres for their car. The one thing that keeps you on the road is worth paying for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsteenekamp View Post
    Just wondering- Are the omega NATO straps you order separately the same as the extra ones they give you as part of the big Moonwatch box, or are they better?
    The same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Megatron View Post
    Iíve got the brown Navarro leather one on my Speedy at the minute and definitely not suitable for getting wet in my opinion. Iíd say the same for the black nylon one with leather lining. They donít feel and look like theyíd cope well with going for a swim, and Iím not brave enough to try!


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    Thank you - bit of a shame, that.

    Iíll take a look next time I am passing Regent Street as Iíd like to see the whole range

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    So it arrived this morning. Amazing service from Omega/DHL.
    It's really comfortable on my wrist but having never owned a NATO before I'm not actually sure if it's on right. Just doesn't look right in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watchmad View Post
    £25-30 to keep a £2-4K watch safely on the wrist is a compromise in my book. But I am stickler for things matching. Non-OEM kit just doesnít work for me (he says with a Bark & Jack NATO on his MB3, but the Bremont ones are rubbish).

    Itís similar to people buying the cheapest tyres for their car. The one thing that keeps you on the road is worth paying for.
    The Bremont ones are okay, they are far too long though. They were not bad value either when they included the buckle.

    OP- Glad you are pleased with the strap, they are really nicely made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watchmad View Post
    £25-30 to keep a £2-4K watch safely on the wrist is a compromise in my book. But I am stickler for things matching. Non-OEM kit just doesnít work for me (he says with a Bark & Jack NATO on his MB3, but the Bremont ones are rubbish).

    Itís similar to people buying the cheapest tyres for their car. The one thing that keeps you on the road is worth paying for.
    Please explain the logic of how a £200 OEM NATO is going to keep any watch more safely attached to your wrist, than a £25 one?

    Using a non-OEM NATO may be a compromise in terms of brand identity or coherency of aesthetics, the latter is a stretch given we're discussing the ubiquitously good looking Speedmaster, but it's most definitely NOT analogous to cheap tyres.

    The pricing of Omega's NATOs is a perfect example of the law of diminishing returns.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkpw View Post
    Please explain the logic of how a £200 OEM NATO is going to keep any watch more safely attached to your wrist, than a £25 one?

    Using a non-OEM NATO may be a compromise in terms of brand identity or coherency of aesthetics, the latter is a stretch given we're discussing the ubiquitously good looking Speedmaster, but it's most definitely NOT analogous to cheap tyres.

    The pricing of Omega's NATOs is a perfect example of the law of diminishing returns.
    Oh thanks for bringing this up - I missed watchmad's reply. I fully agree with your post. I'd also add the likely mode of failure would be the spring bars.

    I think the best argument for an Omega NATO is if you really feel the need to have the matching hardware.

    @sniper-sam - The Nato looks fine, not too sure why you think it doesn't look right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sniper-sam View Post
    So it arrived this morning. Amazing service from Omega/DHL.
    It's really comfortable on my wrist but having never owned a NATO before I'm not actually sure if it's on right. Just doesn't look right in my opinion.

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    Congrats and glad youíre pleased. I think it might look
    a little odd to you as the first metal keeper seems a little further away from the watch head than on mine; try moving the watch around, maybe nearer towards it and you should fine a position where it sits properly and looks fine. I find they sometimes take a little bit of fiddling with before they sit and look right position wise.

    Oh and they arenít £200 they are £130. Value is subjective and personal so if someone wants to spend £100 more to dress up a multi thousand pound watch I canít see the issue.

    If Rolex offered these at this price point weíd all trample over each other in the hurry to proclaim what excellent value they were...


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    Thanks for the replies.
    I've fiddled about with the fit after posting the first pics. Think I've got it right now. They are that comfortable you'd nearly forget you've got a watch on.
    I could see these bring a bit of an addiction with the various colour combinations etc.

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    These Omega NATOs are really nice, but quite overpriced IMHO. As are the leathers, buckles, etc..

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonK View Post
    Thanks for that - they offer hard-to-find 19mm, perfect for my CWC chrono. And they are in France, so cheap delivery costs for me.
    I am in the U.K. They usually deliver within a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkpw View Post
    Please explain the logic of how a £200 OEM NATO is going to keep any watch more safely attached to your wrist, than a £25 one?

    Using a non-OEM NATO may be a compromise in terms of brand identity or coherency of aesthetics, the latter is a stretch given we're discussing the ubiquitously good looking Speedmaster, but it's most definitely NOT analogous to cheap tyres.

    The pricing of Omega's NATOs is a perfect example of the law of diminishing returns.
    They are £130 for a start not £200.

    Thereís no logic, just my opinion. And where does logic come into owning watches - I bet you own a Rolex.....why not a Casio? They both tell the time.

    The tyre analogy makes perfect sense to me. Some people buy cheap tyres and some donít. It doesnít mean the car with cheap tyres will crash. It was simply to explain that some people see value in things others donít.

    People have a choice how they spend their money - £130 for a NATO, branded from the manufacturer works for me. Like beauty, value is in the eye of the beholder.

    They also (used to come with this kit - tool, springbars and presentation box which works well as a travel box for a watch)

    (Slightly aggressively written post by the way - it bet people love getting emails from you)
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    @watchmad totally agree with this.

    Almost 24hours on and still liking the look. Even wore it in bed to see if it would become uncomfortable. You'd hardly know the watch is on your wrist.

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    Do like mine, and no doubt will pick another up at some point. Excellent quality IMO, tried others but always went back to the Omega. Also got the nylon bracelet at half price recently that matches the NATO. I'm easily led....

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    Luxury watches are eye wateringly expensive, we all know that, but it does not stop us buying these beautiful pocessions. The same applies to Straps/Natos. Get the best, get an Omega

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