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 (5)

Seiko Turtle SRP777

Hi there, Just want to confirm the strap size for a Seiko ‘turtle’ SRP777K diver watch. 20mm or 22mm? Thanks! Straps look great! Paul


Watch Straps Australia Response

Hi Paul,
No worries - the guys at Watch and Wound did a write up on the SRP777 and state that is 22mm lug width.

Strap for Citizen Eco Drive

Hi I have the following watch can you tell me which size is the best as the spec says it's a 23mm strap. Citizen Diver's Watch, Eco-Drive Promaster Divers, Model BN0085-01E, Case Code S070830, Diameter 47mm, Band Width 23mm, Case Thickness 14mm, Water Resist 30 Bar, Original Strap 59-S53296. Thanks Barry


Watch Straps Australia Response

Hi Barry,
I recommend you go with a 24mm strap - the 0.5mm each side will be barely noticeable and the nylon of the strap will adjust over time.

Leatherman Limited Edition Timepiece

Hi there, My partner has a Leatherman Limited Edition Timepiece with a leather strap, but the leather strap has torn. Would these leather straps be suitable for use as a 'workman's' watch and if so what one would be suitable? Thanks


Watch Straps Australia Response

Hi Tayla,
My leather straps will be fine for this watch and are quite durable, however if you are looking for something really hard-wearing then I recommend grabbing one of my nylon "NATO" straps.

Unfortunately I can't find the full measurements specifications for that watch online - so you'll need to measure across the strap where it meets the watch (it should be 24mm or 26mm) to find what size you'll need.


Wrist size

Hello, Can the strap be adjusted for wrist size? Thank you, Cinzia


Watch Straps Australia Response

Hello, our straps will fit pretty much all wrist sizes.
If you do find that the strap is still too long, you can shorten it by following the instructions here

Strap for Nixon 51-30

Which strap would be suitable for a NIXON 51-30? Thanks in advance


Watch Straps Australia Response

Hi Justin,
The Nixon 51-30 will take a 26mm strap.

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