Omega is looking to new things up in the coming days of summer with a cool new collection of NATO straps. The famous brand is launching a selection of 8 different NATOs along with an online configurator that makes you to know how they look with your Speedmaster or Planet Ocean.
The collection consists of three five-stripe fabric straps with stainless steel buckles and fitted keepers, such as the three nylon fabric straps with grey, orange or red border. A brown “Novonappa” leather strap and an all-black coated nylon fabric strap with fitted black keepers and polished buckle. Omega takes its inspiration for the new collection from the original British military NATOs, which were originally developed for safety reasons. With a collection of straps provided from the fake Omega, you can instantly change the look and feel of your watch.
Typical replica watches and bands use removable spring bars, a hazard in combat situations. Fixed bars for NATO straps were often soldered and therefore less likely to break, resulting in the loss of the watch, often a critical instrument for missions. The design of the NATO with its extra fabric and keepers also fixes the case in position. By accident, the term NATO for these straps did not originate with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, but rather referred to the NATO stocking number used by the British military for the straps, G10. Some purists prefer to refer to them that way. The replica Omega’s online configurator permits you to virtually test out the straps with a fake Omega timepiece. Omega is also selling tools to help you quickly change up the straps on your watch.
Omega replica previously provided a grey and black NATO strap on its Seamster 300 Spectre Limited Edition, worn by Daniel Craig in the Bond movie of the same name. As a matter of fact, the NATO was Craig’s idea, motivated by Sean Connery, the original James Bond. However what appears to be a NATO on the Rolex “Big Crown” Submariner on Sean Connery’s wrist in Goldfinger, isn’t; an obvious point as the movie pre-dates the NATO’s creation by some years. While it is a nylon strap in regimental colors, it’s a traditional one-piece buckled strap and not a NATO. So, in fact, Craig was the first 007 to wear a NATO strap on screen. Off screen, when not contractually obligated to wear a Omega replica, he’s also been known to sport one on an original Big Crown Sub, part of his extensive Rolex collection. Therefore, if you have any straps from Omega, you could add them to your cheap watch collection.