NATO Strap Types
Standard, Premium, Heavy Duty, and Leather NATOs (oh my!)
Crown & Buckle offers a variety of NATO strap styles to best suit your individual needs. Some are thinner and softer, while others are thicker and stiffer. No matter what your personal preference is, we've got you covered with the perfect nylon strap for your watch.
Our Standard and Premium NATOs are great starting point for most users. Standard NATOs are durable, inexpensive, and have a wide variety of colors & patterns. Premium NATOs have upgraded features, and cover the essential colors & patterns. The 3-ring Heavy Duty is a nice option for a robust, simplified design, with the 5-ring Heavy Duty being the thickest, bulkiest nylon strap that we carry.
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Common Traits Across All Options
One thing shared by all NATO straps is that they are a long one-piece strap, that passes underneath the watch itself. By passing "through" the spring bars and underneath the watch, you are protected against the watch falling off your wrist if one of your spring bars fails. As covered below, most of the straps have a second "flap" or layer under the watch as well. The original intention for that extra layer is to keep the strap from being able to slide up and down the strap. In practice this layer typically isn't essential, and it can optionally be removed to reduce bulk and make the NATO strap a bit more subtle (see our Modification section on the Strap Changing page).
Standard NATO Straps
Medium weave 1.25mm thick ballistic nylon. Slim rectangular hardware features a shiny polished finish, and is made exclusively from 304L stainless steel. Ultrasonic cutting of the strap and sizing holes leaves a sealed edge that protects against fraying. High-frequency welded construction fuses the nylon material to itself, creating a strong bond. Standard NATO straps have a second "flap" of nylon as explained in the Common Traits. These straps are a great option due to their comfortable nylon, breadth of color options, and affordable price point. Click to shop.
Premium NATO Straps
Premium (tighter) weave 1.25mm thick ballistic nylon. Slim rectangular hardware is made exclusively from 304L stainless steel. Shiny polished, matte brushed, black PVD, and yellow gold plated hardware options to select from. Ultrasonic cutting of the strap and sizing holes leaves a sealed edge that protects against fraying. The strap is both sewn together and high-frequency welded for strength. These straps are set apart from our regular NATOs mainly due to the higher quality nylon weave, hardware finish options, and stitched construction. These have the second "flap" under the watch. When new, they are slightly stiffer than a regular NATO due the tighter nylon weave. On the wrist, they are just as comfortable as Standard NATOs. These are our most popular nylon strap option, since they span the essential colorways, and have great features for just a few dollars extra. Click to shop.
Heavy Duty NATO Straps
Heavy weave 1.6mm thick ballistic nylon. Large rounded hardware is made exclusively from 304L stainless steel. Matte brushed, black PVD, or solid bronze hardware options to select from. Ultrasonic cutting of the strap and sizing holes leaves a sealed edge that protects against fraying. The strap is both sewn together and high-frequency welded for strength. These straps are about as thick as possible for a one-piece strap. They are the way to go if you are looking for something sturdy, stiff, and bulky to combine with a large tool watch, or to help a small watch wear larger. They are available with or without the second "flap" (see below). Click to shop.
3-Ring Option: On these straps, the second "flap" is simply omitted from the strap. The strap is just one strip of nylon, with no extra materials. It wears more slim than the 5-ring option.
5-Ring Option: This is the most bulky NATO strap that we offer. It retains the second "flap" of nylon, like a regular NATO strap, but using the larger hardware and thicker nylon of the Heavy Duty straps.
Leather NATO Straps
Our Leather NATO variants are available in 2 styles: traditional NATO, and 3-ring. Traditional Leather NATOs feature 1.2mm thick leather, slim rectangular 304L stainless steel hardware, and have the second "flap" underneath the watch. Conversely, 3-ring Leather NATOs feature 1.6-1.8mm thick leather, large rounded 304L stainless steel hardware, and are a single layer strap without the second "flap" underneath the watch. Both options include a construction that is both sewn and glued for added strength. There is no noticeable comfort difference between the two options, so pick whichever appeals to you best from an aesthetic perspective. Click to shop.
Click images to enlarge. The far right photo shows the NATO and Heavy Duty hardwares.
From left to right: Standard NATO, Premium NATO, Heavy Duty 3-Ring, Heavy Duty 5-Ring.