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Well, i've decided that instead of buying a ton of watches I'm going to try and buy a very zulu/nato friendly watch and a lot of straps. I have seen a couple of pics where simple white-cream dialed watches are used with a variety of straps, any re commendations for such a project?

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Well, i've decided that instead of buying a ton of watches I'm going to try and buy a very zulu/nato friendly watch and a lot of straps. I have seen a couple of pics where simple white-cream dialed watches are used with a variety of straps, any re commendations for such a project?

TIA :-!
I think it's probably easier to come up with a list of watches that don't work on a Nato than a list of those that do.

White/cream dialed watches do often go well on a Nato - particularly vintage dress watches. If you want this look then you could do a lot worse than picking up a cheap vintage dress watch (with gold or gold-plated, rather than stainless steel case) and a bunch of Natos and have a play around.

Alternatively, just do a google search for images of "watch nato strap" and you'll see a bunch of ideas.

Are there any of your current collection you'd like to try?
 

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Anything that isnt a dress watch.....
 
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From my experience watches with military heritage usually go well with nylon straps, whereas NATOs work better with divers and Zulus are more suited for field watches. I did a comparison test recently, below are the results - three different watches with the same NATO strap.

I have to say a cream faced SARB with a NATO is not my cup of tea, but YMMV.
 

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White dials are awesome with NATOs because every color works with them. I have a white dial Universal Geneve and I wear it on so many bright colored NATOs that wouldn't work well with black dials.
 
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This: Vostok Watch Amphibian Classic 420634 Meranom.com

Or this:
Vostok Watch Amphibian Classic 420381 Meranom.com


Or this:
Vostok Watch Amphibian Classic 710615 Meranom.com


Or this:
Vostok Watch Amphibian Classic 710059 Meranom.com


Or this:
Vostok Watch Komandirskie 219179 Meranom.com
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Or this:
Vostok Watch Komandirskie 211783 Meranom.com


Or, for example (if you can find them on eBay)



(I'm sensing a pattern here. :))
Cheap, durable divers are great on NATOs. Vostok is one of my favorites (as you can tell).
 
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The white dial Explorer II looks killer on a NATO.
 
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My personal experience has been that thicker cases and top-heavy watches don't work as well with natos as thinner ones.
Nothing over $300.00:rodekaart. just my opinion, and I don't make the rules. Ok ok it's more of a guideline than a rule
NATO on 2254.50 was my go-to for years. Haven't found another combo I personally like more.
 

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My personal experience has been that thicker cases and top-heavy watches don't work as well with natos as thinner ones.


NATO on 2254.50 was my go-to for years. Haven't found another combo I personally like more.
I just don't care for the look on higher end watches. I've tried and just can't do it. Nothing is wrong with them. Just my opinion.
 

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Nothing over $300.00:rodekaart. just my opinion, and I don't make the rules. Ok ok it's more of a guideline than a rule
The G10 (or 'NATO') strap was invented for the British Military. Unfortunately many of the watches that are appropriate on this strap for this very sound historical reason cost well in excess of $300. I believe the Rolex Submariner would fall into this category.

I don't make the rules either.
 

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NATO on 2254.50 was my go-to for years. Haven't found another combo I personally like more.
Oh yes, the Omega SM300 was another Royal Navy watch too.
 

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The G10 (or 'NATO') strap was invented for the British Military. Unfortunately many of the watches that are appropriate on this strap for this very sound historical reason cost well in excess of $300. I believe the Rolex Submariner would fall into this category.

I don't make the rules either.
Dang it Brummyjon are you stalking me! Your probably right. I love the history so I'm going to check this out. It won't change my mind but it could force me into acceptance, and I know this is important to you.
 

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Most divers, field/military watches. Some pilot watches. As far as which ones, that's up for you to decide. Heck, You can put whatever YOU want on a NATO or Zulu. It's your watch and your wrist. Do whatever you want.
 

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There's a lot more than dial color to consider. Case shape, lug design and how the back is. Having a double layer of strap under the watch adds a lot of thickness. Most watches look like they a hovering above the wrist.

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The G10 (or 'NATO') strap was invented for the British Military. Unfortunately many of the watches that are appropriate on this strap for this very sound historical reason cost well in excess of $300. I believe the Rolex Submariner would fall into this category.

I don't make the rules either.
Correct. In fact a NATO was the only way to wear a MilSub ... the spring bars were replaced with fixed bars. They're a little north of $300...



To the OP - any military of Sub style watch would work. Look at Marathon or Steinhart. Actually they look at home on most any diver since thats a very common use ... its a much more secure strap system (the watch will still stay attached to the strap even if there is a spring bar failure) so a lot of people will use if for real diving (as opposed to desk diving).
 

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There's a lot more than dial color to consider. Case shape, lug design and how the back is. Having a double layer of strap under the watch adds a lot of thickness. Most watches look like they a hovering above the wrist.

Bob
I've been cutting off the piece that doubles back under the case and just using it as a pull-through strap. I like the nato hardware more than the zulu buckles. I think I'll wear this one tomorrow:

 

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Dang it Brummyjon are you stalking me! Your probably right. I love the history so I'm going to check this out. It won't change my mind but it could force me into acceptance, and I know this is important to you.
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Thanks for the suggestions guys! I take it that most of you like the two ring Zulus right?
 
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