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    Zuludiver Octopod NATO 'system'

    Any thoughts on this: https://www.zuludiver.com/collection...8M-M%3D.Th3ST3

    I can't decide if its a very clever idea or inordinately unecessary...

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    So itís essentially a buckle for strips of material? I assume the only straps available are from ZD for that buckle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post
    So itís essentially a buckle for strips of material? I assume the only straps available are from ZD for that buckle?
    I donít see why you couldnít use any nato, elastic, nylon or leather with the deployant. Iím not alone with a collection of old NATOís that I could unstitch and remove the hardware and reuse.

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    It's a clever bit of marketing, since it is somewhat different in a world of me-too options, but the implementation is clumsy - too bulky, too much metal to get scratched-up by desk-diving operations... The weight is likely counter to what you expect with woven straps.

    Has anyone used a locking cam buckle design - would allow for infinite adjustability, quick changes, minimal materials...? Something like this if the hotlinked image shows -


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    Hotlinked shows. Never seen or used it on a watch but have had belts on the same system. Carhartt and Arcteryx sell a lot of them. Infinite adjustment and even with the belly bulge testing itís limits, never once faulted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wileeeeeey View Post
    ... even with the belly bulge testing itís limits, never once faulted.
    O/T usefulness there, noted, thanks

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    At first I thought, great... But the buckle looks very long and there is a lot of metal there which may and probably will overwhelm the strap.

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    Timefactors offer a two piece nato with deployant clasp for £12.

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    Thatís not a nato though, itís a two-piece canvas strap.
    Quote Originally Posted by forpetesake View Post
    Timefactors offer a two piece nato with deployant clasp for £12.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TaketheCannoli View Post
    Thatís not a nato though, itís a two-piece canvas strap.
    "Manufactured from the same high-quality nylon used for the Time Factors NATO straps, the straps are constructed from 2 layers of 1.2mm thick nylon, stitched together to give a thickness of 2.4mm and fitted with a nylon keeper. With no nylon at the back of the watch, this allows the watch to sit lower on the wrist."

    Did I mention the 12 quid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by abraxas View Post
    At first I thought, great... But the buckle looks very long and there is a lot of metal there which may and probably will overwhelm the strap.
    My thoughts exactly - a 'changeable' buckle seems a good idea, but this one looks far too bulky on a single pass NATO (which is supposed to be less obtrusive then a standard NATO). Think I'll stick with my CNS adjustable single pass NATOs.

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    I just thought it looked a PITA to swap straps and get the right fit straight away, every time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by forpetesake View Post
    Timefactors offer a two piece nato with deployant clasp for £12.

    Good luck trying to order one

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    Quote Originally Posted by ODP View Post
    Good luck trying to order one
    Fair point.
    Supreme value for money offset by consciously restricted availability. How curious.

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    I bought one,
    sits nicely on my 8 inch wrist, i can see however that it may be too big on wrists under 7 1/2 inches.

    maseman

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    Quote Originally Posted by maseman View Post
    I bought one,
    sits nicely on my 8 inch wrist, i can see however that it may be too big on wrists under 7 1/2 inches.

    maseman
    I can't find this thread on tapatalk so i'll post a pic in watch talk.

    maseman

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    Quote Originally Posted by maseman View Post
    I can't find this thread on tapatalk so i'll post a pic in watch talk.

    maseman
    Foundi it now !!



    On my omega nttd
    Itís actually very comfortable. The fabric is stretchy like the Erika straps.


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    Posted these dimensions in the strap thread in watch talk but just in case anyone looks here. Dimensions of the 22mm clasp

    Width - 25.3mm
    Length - 49mm
    Thickness - 6.2mm

    Initial faff to fit the strap but you soon get the knack. Iíve been wearing it for a few days now - conclusion is Iíve always liked clasps on non-bracelet straps and find them very practical and wearable so this is more of the same. I also like how it looks. MNs always seem to need tightening, this doesnít, but maybe I buy cheap ones!

    Judged purely on utility, unless you feel compelled to try it, an MN will do fine. So buy it if you like it because itís not something game changing (within in the context of just a watch strap).

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    Iíd echo that, Matt - I do like the Erikaís MNs I have (generally find the cheaper ones too flimsy/thin to secure the watch head) but theyíre silly expensive now.

    My main concern with the Octopod was whether the elastic is heavy duty (like an Erikaís) or thinner. Itís very similar to the Erikaís and works really well with my Planet Ocean, the gold standard test for strap robustness, IMO. Yes, initial sizing is a faff, but itís secure and the clasp is comfortable for me at least.

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