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  • Nandyn
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    Originally posted by Scofield View Post
    I should have linked to the home page because there is a "minimalist" version now which is what I use/referred to: https://www.thewatchsteward.com/

    It's definitely less bulk than erika's and doesn't involve the strap going under the watch (increasing the watch height)
    I made my own Watch Steward minimalist style strap with a lanyard from Amazon and the hardware from an Erika's original I had replaced under warranty. Best watch strap I've ever made. On 22mm lugs, but it fits 20mm lugs perfectly.

    Last edited by Nandyn; July 13, 2019, 10:43 AM.

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  • idvsego
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    Originally posted by carlitos View Post
    For cheap, experimenting, variety - cheapestnatostraps, for sure.

    For higher quality NATOs - BluShark is fantastic. Great material and nice, beefy hardware.

    I have one cork strap from Portugal that is interesting. Seeing this topic reminds me to get that one on a watch this summer. https://www.corkwatchstraps.com/
    I forgot about blushark, good catch. They are legit.

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  • carlitos
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    For cheap, experimenting, variety - cheapestnatostraps, for sure.

    For higher quality NATOs - BluShark is fantastic. Great material and nice, beefy hardware.

    I have one cork strap from Portugal that is interesting. Seeing this topic reminds me to get that one on a watch this summer. https://www.corkwatchstraps.com/

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  • idvsego
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    Originally posted by Nandyn View Post
    For super affordable straps, I go to cheapestnatostraps. Only takes about a week usually to get my order from Sweden.
    they have something similar to Erika's now too. Havent tried one yet.

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  • jays0n
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    Nice to see new strap vendors; it will be a great resource.

    I get some leather straps from Hides and Stitches:

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/HidesAndStitches

    They will make the length just right for me, and do not charge for the custom service.

    j


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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  • Nandyn
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    For super affordable straps, I go to cheapestnatostraps. Only takes about a week usually to get my order from Sweden.

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  • motosacto
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    I buy NATO straps from Crown and Buckle: https://www.crownandbuckle.com/

    I like Di-Modell dress straps and buy them from Freda: http://www.fredawatchstraps.com/

    Freda also sells Hirsch, and Hadley Roma, and several other brands.

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  • Nandyn
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    Originally posted by Scofield View Post
    I should have linked to the home page because there is a "minimalist" version now which is what I use/referred to: https://www.thewatchsteward.com/

    It's definitely less bulk than erika's and doesn't involve the strap going under the watch (increasing the watch height)
    Oh nice! Didn't see those! Yeah I like that minimalist version much much better than that first one.

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  • Scofield
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    Originally posted by Nandyn View Post
    Those are a lot like Erika's Originals MN straps, except that his buckles at the ends, vs Erika's where you put your hand through the loop and buckle it back onto itself.

    Thanks for that link! Nice to see similar strap I can buy stateside for less than half the price.

    But if you haven't tried Erika's version, you should give it a shot. Even less bulk than the watch steward ones.
    I should have linked to the home page because there is a "minimalist" version now which is what I use/referred to: https://www.thewatchsteward.com/

    It's definitely less bulk than erika's and doesn't involve the strap going under the watch (increasing the watch height)

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  • Nandyn
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    Originally posted by Scofield View Post
    for casual straps i've switched to the watch steward: https://www.thewatchsteward.com/20mm-straps.html

    1. no bulk under the watch
    2. elastic band
    3. sliding adjuster, no set holes so easy to customize
    4. of all similar types of straps, this one has the least bulk
    5. lots of variety of colors
    6. of this type of strap, it is relatively cheap
    Those are a lot like Erika's Originals MN straps, except that his buckles at the ends, vs Erika's where you put your hand through the loop and buckle it back onto itself.

    Thanks for that link! Nice to see similar strap I can buy stateside for less than half the price.

    But if you haven't tried Erika's version, you should give it a shot. Even less bulk than the watch steward ones.



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  • Scofield
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    for casual straps i've switched to the watch steward: https://www.thewatchsteward.com/20mm-straps.html

    1. no bulk under the watch
    2. elastic band
    3. sliding adjuster, no set holes so easy to customize
    4. of all similar types of straps, this one has the least bulk
    5. lots of variety of colors
    6. of this type of strap, it is relatively cheap

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  • minty007
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    A good brand for quality leather NATOs and rustic 2-pieces is MiLTAT. Beefy, well made and wear like iron - and reasonably priced. I have several and they've never let me down. You can find them on StrapCode and elsewhere: https://www.strapcode.com/search?type=product&q=miltat*

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  • idvsego
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    Originally posted by Deke View Post
    Thanks for the recs! [MENTION=12021]idvsego[/MENTION] I've got some homework now
    if you dont mind a waiting list or putting up some decent sized bucks, Drunk Art Straps does amazing canvas work. I am too cheap and impatient to get anew one but have almost picked up used examples when they popped up. Something always stopped me though

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  • Deke
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    Thanks for the recs! [MENTION=12021]idvsego[/MENTION] I've got some homework now

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  • JeremyDRintoul
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    I have a Hirsch leather strap on my Bambino. It is the third strap I've had on it and it has lasted the longest. It feels really nice after a brief break in period and works really well.

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