Erika's Original strap worth $80?

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Re: Erika's Original strap worth $80?

Post by 3Flushes » February 7th 2020, 4:26pm

Not a NATO person but those look nice- I wonder if she'd weave a regalarly pin buckling model. Slip on or with pin tubules modes. Proly be waaaay cheaper, too. The ad sez 16 centerline patterns available which would be cool because the single stitch stripe stinks.
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Re: Erika's Original strap worth $80?

Post by MKTheVintageBloke » February 7th 2020, 5:23pm

I don't hate the concept of the NATO strap as such. In fact, I have several NATOs. I have a leather NATO, which I have bought for my '39 Tissot with fixed lugs. But that strap blows. There were three straps that I have reviewed - two by BluShark, which I now have on the Tissot and on the first watch I ever bought, a Timex Expedition, and one by the Sydney Strap Co., which I usually wear my Dan Henry 1970 on.
Oh, and then there's the strap from the Sea-Gull 1963, which I use with my Timex MK1, because it doesn't blow, unlike the stock band from Timex.

I have learned that the NATO strap can be useful, when I have encountered just the sort of situation that it's meant to protect from - the watch falling off when a spring bar pops out. Last year, in my brief adventure with working in airport ground service, I had the DH 1970 catch a rail while running up the stairs to the plane. The fucking rail won against the spring bar, and the watch fell into my sleeve. I sort of don't even want to think what would happen if instead it would have fallen a few metres down to the tarmac.

So, the NATO is useful, in a way. Or at least I have been in a situation that made me wish I had one then.

However...would I buy a NATO priced at 80 bucks? No. Fuck, no. I don't care what's it made of, and if they had fucking monks weave that canvas or nylon on wooden fucking looms. I don't care if it's woven from whatever plastic stuff, or from alpaca scrotum wool. I won't pay 80 fucking bucks for what can be made of a fucking seatbelt. No fucking chance. The $5-$20 NATO is a tool strap. The $80 NATO is a strap for tools.
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Re: Erika's Original strap worth $80?

Post by MAX » February 8th 2020, 5:44am

Never owned a Nato strap, probably never will. Hate seeing an expensive watch on one no matter how comfortable it its.

Your watch is uncomfortable to wear? Really?
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Re: Erika's Original strap worth $80?

Post by biglove » February 8th 2020, 8:22am

Although I like the idea of the secure wear a NATO offers and have seen some great looking color combos, I cannot stand wearing them. Uncomfortable seat belt trash.

And $80 for <$2 worth of material and metal, meh.
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Re: Erika's Original strap worth $80?

Post by gerdson » February 8th 2020, 10:37am

I do actually like them, and in Europe they are considerably cheaper (thought still expensive for a NATO). Might get one. Or not.
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Re: Erika's Original strap worth $80?

Post by TemerityB » February 9th 2020, 9:20am

On what other site can you get Bill Saluga and Louis Nye references? You guy rock.

I have one watch that came on a NATO (the Laco from last year), and it's heavy fabric and all right, I'm not dead-set against them. And I'll tell you what - if I wanted a NATO strap, I'd run over to freakin' J.C. Penny, go to one of those $10 gift sets, and just take the NATO off the end cap POS. I have yet to see a huge difference in quality from one NATO to another, but I'm not an aficionado, obviously.

But then again - I see schmoes who put a NATO on a $9,000 Seamaster on various WURWs and I lose my cookies every time - it's like slapping bumper stickers on a Porsche Panamera.
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