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.
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.
"Smart" Watches with heart rate sensors
NATO straps thread through the back of the watch like a belt and unfortunately because of this - the strap will cover the hear-rate sensor.
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.
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.
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.
This includes (but is not limited to) - Timex Ironman and Skagen watches.
Plastic straps that seem to mould to the watch
Straps that have a ‘inset’ or protruding section.
Straps that are glued/screwed in to the watch
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