NATO strap compatibility guide

What are NATO straps?

NATO straps are single-pieces of leather or nylon which thread through your watch like a belt.

NATO straps were originally created for the military, but good news is that they work with all types of watches.

First thing to check - spring bars

"Spring bars" are small metal pins which are the standard connector for watch straps.

If you can remove the current strap and re-insert the ‘bare’ spring bars - your watch can use our NATO straps.

Daniel wellington watch replacement
Daniel wellington replacement strap

Second thing to check - strap connection

If your strap finishes in a straight line it is a good indicator that your watch uses 'spring bars' and can use after-market straps.

This includes watches such as the Tomas Sabo "Glam Spirit" and "Divine" and "Code TS", the Marc Jaobs "classic" range, Rotary "Buckingham" range, and watches from MVMT, The Horse and Daniel Wellington.

Metal Watch Strap Replacement

Quick Release spring bars

Do you have "Quick Release" spring bars?

Some watches (such as MVMT and Garmin) have "quick release" spring bars embedded with in the strap.

Quick-release spring bars allow for the quick removal of the strap - but the downside is that they can't be re-used on other straps.

You can tell if you have 'quick release' spring bars by looking for a small toggle at the connection point of your strap and watch face.

If you have "quick release" spring bars

If your watch has 'embedded' quick-release spring bars, you need to purchase an additional set of spring bars before you can use any after-market straps.

Click here to view our range of spring bars

Metal bracelets

If you have metal strap which connects to the watch like the examples below - it's more than likely that our straps will work with your watch.

This includes watches such as the Rolex Submariner, Tag Heuer Careera, Seiko SKX007 and Rotary "Henley" range.

Rolex replacement NATO strap
NATO strap for metal watches

Watches that won't work

The following types of watches will not work with "NATO" straps, and you will need to purchase a replacement strap specific to that watch.

Timex Ironman

Plastic straps that seem to mould to the watch

Straps that have a ‘inset’ or petrtuding section.

Straps that are glued/screwed in to the watch

Still unsure?

If you are still unsure please leave a comment below, or refer to our supported brands page.

Posted on 30 June 2019 by Brad Farleigh

Comments (16)

Timex expedition T49831

Would a nato strap fit the above


Watch Straps Australia Response

Hi Kevin, I can confirm our 20mm straps are compatible with the Timex expedition T49831. Cheers, Brad

Casio f91w

Hi, do your straps fit the casio f91w watch?


Watch Straps Australia Response

Hi Nick, As I mentioned in my other email - you will be able to use our standard 18mm straps on the Casio F91W, but the seatbelt and leather straps will be too thick

Omega Planet Ocean 2500 22mm

Hi. Will your NATO straps fit an Omega Planet Ocean 2500 with 22mm lugs? Cheers, Evan.


Watch Straps Australia Response

They sure will :)

Band compatibility

Hi, I am just wondering if my Seiko Sportura Watch SNAA95P2 is compatible with an aftrmarket replacement band? I think it has the pins but not sure. thanks


Watch Straps Australia Response

Hi Craig, I'm confident that my straps will work with that watch. I found an example of the Seiko SNAA95P2 with a leather NATO strap and am confident my straps will work.
Thanks, Brad

SEIKO skx007

hi guys Im wanting to get 3 nato and 1 leather strap - will they work with seiko skx007?


Watch Straps Australia Response

Hi Simon, The SKX007 is a great watch, I've got one myself, and if the tagged photos on our Instagram are anything to go by - it appears a lot of my customers love that model too! The Seiko SKX007 will take a 22mm strap. Thanks, Brad

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