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    NOS issued NATO straps. Info reqd please

    Morning fellas.
    A work colleague has unearthed these in the back of his locker.
    He was ďissuedĒ them along with a CWC G10 by a friendly QM in the mid 90ís whilst deployed with British troops in Bosnia.
    Although both issued they are quite different.
    Spring bar buckle strap is about 5mm longer.
    Has 1 8 stamped on the underside of the buckle.
    The keepers are shorter spaced.
    The 12 holes are over a shorter spread.
    The heat seal has a waffle finish texture on the inside of the third keeper.
    The colour is what I would describe as the classic issued admiralty grey.

    One piece buckle strap has 18 mm stamped on the underside.
    wider spacing for the keepers.
    itís 12 holes are over a wider spread.
    the heat seals are all smooth.
    There is a slight olive hue to its greyness.

    Can I ask the NATO knowledgeable of this parish for any info they may have.
    They are obviously from two separate contracts and maybe different suppliers.
    Thanking you in anticipation
    Keep safe guys



















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    NOS issued NATO straps. Info reqd please

    Canít help with the origin or contract but the Precista I bought from you recently had an identical strap on it. The space between all keepers is a lot less than more modern NATOs



    They are also shorter than modern Phoenix NATOs
    The space between the keepers mean they fit G10s better than larger watches.
    Last edited by Sinnlover; 8th June 2020 at 12:29.

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    Thanks for that John.
    If I remember correctly yours has got 1 8 on the buckle,
    and has a spring bar.
    Yours had seen quite some action
    These are brand spankiní
    Quite a find I think

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    Yep it does
    Itís seen some use thatís for sure
    They are bit thicker / stiffer than he current straps as well

    I think thatís a great stash to find
    Originals go for silly money now! (For a strip of nylon) some prices make Omega NATOs look good value.

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    18 is the width in mm, ie 18mm, which is normal size for a G10.

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    A very interesting post.

    What is the current issued strap.

    1. With the spring bar buckle.

    2. One with normal buckle.

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    as far as I am aware Pheonix have the contract to make the NATO straps

    Steve

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    I think the one on the right marked 1 8
    might be older, maybe sitting in stores for a while.
    1970ís to 1980ís imo.
    Other one looks pretty current.
    The older ones were plated brass, so look for brass showing through.

    Iím told some people collect and hoard these straps, to match their issued watches.
    Last edited by watchlovr; 31st October 2020 at 06:37.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watchlovr View Post
    I think the one on the right marked 1 8
    might be older, maybe sitting in stores for a while.
    1970ís to 1980ís imo.
    Other one looks pretty current.
    The older ones were plated brass, so look for brass showing through.

    Iím told some people collect and hoard these straps, to match their issued watches.
    Yes Joe1997 over on MWR is an avid collector of NATO's so might be worth touching base with him.

    From my own observations there are quite a number of variations and some in 20mm width, plus occasionally stitched rather than welded. Also CWC supply NATO's alongside Phoenix; current issue CWC SBS Divers have their own brand staps fitted as standard in Admiralty/NATO grey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed875 View Post
    Yes Joe1997 over on MWR is an avid collector of NATO's so might be worth touching base with him.
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    Yes, I asked the same question on MWR and Joe made me an offer on both straps
    I shanít shame him by revealing his offer but it was politely turned down.

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