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.
The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.
I'd send them all an animated gif of Ron Jeremy sucking his own cock.
Conjurer, of people asking about their Doxas