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The Knottery | NATO Watch Straps

April 26, 2012

It’s always good to remember that dressing well is not all about big-ticket items, as affordable accessories can make just as much of a statement as costly goods. The NATO strap is one of the economical essentials for any respectable watch wearing man. The bright, maritime colors add a unique and needed vibrance to a man’s attire while still being understated and traditional enough to pull off at the office.

Give your leather and stainless steel a breather and add some NATO to your watch game. At a mere $10 a pop, no better place to get them than at The Knottery.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 28, 2012 8:22 pm

    I got mine in today, along with a lapel flower and some shoestrings. The strap is kind of long though, I was thinking of cutting it down but is there a better way?

    • April 28, 2012 9:00 pm

      Truth be told, almost all NATO straps are too long (unless you have wrists like the Incredible Hulk) but take heart, as you have a few options.

      1. The Fold & Tuck Method. Easily done and the mode of operation I typically use. Simply fold the lose material backwards and tuck it into the watch’s keeper. (Photo:

      2. The Cut It Method. Also easy and effective. Just measure off enough space so the strap doesn’t come out from under the keeper and cut that shit off. Take a lighter and (gently) singe the loose end so it doesn’t come unraveled. Voilà.

      3. The Over & Under Method. More cumbersome but less likely to come undone while wearing. Take the loose strap and flip it over the top of itself toward your hand and pull it underneath itself, leaving the rest of the strap pointing up your arm. (Photo: *note, I only do this on my suede band as grosgrain material tends to chafe.

      Best of luck.

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