How to: Shorten your NATO watch strap

What You'll Need

  • 2 x 20c coins
  • Scissors, box cutter or razor blade
  • Something to clamp the coins together - i.e multigrips or vice grips
  • A heat source - such as a lighter or stovetop

Shortening your NATO strap - Instructions

  1. Lay your strap flat on a table and place the coin with the outer edge marking where you would like to shorten the strap
  2. WIth the coin in place on top, position the second coin underneath the strap
  3. Make sure the dges of the coin match up perfectly and clamp the two coins together so they don't move
  4. Trim around the outer edge of the coin, using the edge to ensure a clean circular arch is cut from the band
  5. Heat seal the end to ensure it doesn't fray by holding the cut edge over the heat source (but not too close!)

Comments (1)

So simple, brilliant

These instructions are so simple! I wouldn't have thought to use two coins. Just what I needed as my NATO strap was too long. I found that two £1 coins work well (U.K)


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