Single or double pass

In past 12 months I have tried NATO straps at least 5 times, but they always feel too builky ( and I consider Casio ProTrek PRW-61-1-AER with 47,4 lug to lug and 14.7mm thick watch comfortable and in perfect fitting).

Today I actually bought two NATOs for my Alpinist.

I almost threw them away, but then I stumbled upon IrreleventGent post on NATOs, and discovered single pass way. I should say, that changes everything, what do you guys think?

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Some more pic of single pass.

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And even single pass with traditional double pass outer side, gives the watch tilt towards me:

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C. No underpass at all

I'm not sure if that still actually nato but it's fabric anyways.

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I really like NATO straps and I have a lot of them, never really minded their inherent bulkiness... Until I tried a single pass 馃憡

The issue isn't the strap though. I think it's just the bump on the underside of the case. I only buy flat ones now.

Single pass - keeps the bulk down.

I know it kinda defeats the key purpose of a nato.. but 鈥渘o-pass鈥 is even better in my opinion..

It all depends on the thickness of the strap for me. Sometimes double-pass makes up for lack of size of the watch. However, I would never do double-pass for my #breitlingsuperocean ... I do have it with my #omegaseamaster300m

If i'd ever go for a Nato i'd go for an Anachronist zero-pass from @Max

Titanium of course!

Depending on lighting it's either a dark grey or dark brown or black. With a very light sunburst.

When it's grey it can look super nice. Though sometimes it can look a bit bland when it's more brown. Hard to capture the exact look on camera.

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There's more pics on my page.

Worth noting that the style of nato you have pictured is a thicker kind. I am becoming a Nato head recently and I either use thinner ones or single pass. There are also options where you can wear it with the second layer on the bottom side of your wrist.

Which one do you have?

Been cutting the unnecessary second strap off my NATO'S for years.

Works like a dream.

I like the single pass but put it on the watch so the loopy stuff is under my wrist where you don鈥檛 see it next to the watch.

88MilesPerHour

Worth noting that the style of nato you have pictured is a thicker kind. I am becoming a Nato head recently and I either use thinner ones or single pass. There are also options where you can wear it with the second layer on the bottom side of your wrist.

Can you post the thinnest one you found? Orange one in pictures is 1.1 mm, ant it still would not go through bars of vintage Seiko C515.

Thanks!

Single pass or also called a Zulu 馃憤

CasioBroccoli

C. No underpass at all

I'm not sure if that still actually nato but it's fabric anyways.

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Wow, the Lineage series looks at least triple money they cost.... Want one...

That one looks great too

Dzincca

Wow, the Lineage series looks at least triple money they cost.... Want one...

Yeah they are fantastic

C. Marine Nationale straps. What NATOs want to be when they grow up.

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Dzincca

Can you post the thinnest one you found? Orange one in pictures is 1.1 mm, ant it still would not go through bars of vintage Seiko C515.

Thanks!

Generally the "ribbed" ones like what you have are going to be thicker than your standard straight line pattern NATO. If you're having trouble getting them through, you can also remove the spring bars and reinstall them with the Nato in place.

Depends on how I鈥檓 feeling about my Vostoks鈥 heights.

As long as the buckle is sewn in & not a springbar jobbie.