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 protruding 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 (24)

Samsung Gear S3 Classic

Hi Guys, I was wondering how your straps compare to ndc or Barton (great range) as far as price and quality?Cheers, Roman.


Watch Straps Australia Response

Hi Roman, Unfortunately I've not tried straps from NDC or Barton, however I stand by my products and customer service, and am more than happy to refund you if they don't meet your standards. Thanks, Brad

G shock

Hi, have a G shock,GR 8900A. Do you have any that fit? Says I need adapter Do you sell them also ? Was after military style. Cheers


Watch Straps Australia Response

Hi Trevor, I don't sell the adapters myself - but if you get in touch with the guys over at Jay and Kays they'll be able to help you out (and they will be able to advise on what size strap will be suitable): Thanks, Brad

Bulova 98A179

Hi, would a nato strap work for the 98A179? I'm unsure of the size.


Watch Straps Australia Response

Hi Ray, I've used the photo shown here as a reference - From what I can determine, the stock strap has a protruding 'tongue' which connects to the watch (rather than the full width of the strap connecting in one straight line). While a NATO strap would "would", it would need to be as wide the 'tongue' part (not the full strap width) - which would be around half the width of the existing strap, and this would look a bit funny. With this in mind, I don't think a NATO strap will be suitable for this watch. - Brad

Timex Marathon watch 20mm

Hi, Do you have a band e.g. NATO that would work for a Timex Marathon- good watch but their weakness is the band. I have 3 of these watches- all with their original bands broken. Thanks, Blake


Watch Straps Australia Response

Hi Blake, Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Unfortunately my straps only support a few from the Timex Marathon range. You can read more information over here - Thanks, Brad

Garmin 735XT?

Is a Garmin 735XT compatible with the NATO watch band? it seems to have screws so I am thinking not.


Watch Straps Australia Response

Hi Jeff, It looks like the screws pass all the way through the watch band - so I'm confident they'll work with my straps. The only thing to note is that NATO straps will cover the rear of the watch - which will block the heart-rate sensor. Thanks, Brad

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