This time round I had the opportunity to try out a seat belt NATO strap from vario.sg. This is a single layer strap rather the conventional double layer type. When installed, there is only one layer of nylon running under the watch.
The strap is made with the same type of nylon used in car seat belts. The nylon material tightly weaved, smooth and very comfortable to wear.
The samples I received are 22mm. It measures 283mm long excluding buckle and has a thickness of 1.4mm.
Unlike the generic NATO straps, this strap comes with a set of nice and heavy hardware which includes a signed buckle as well as two rings that serve as the keeper. They are made of stainless steel and have brushed finishing.
I observed that the strap is of reasonable quality as one would expect. The stainless steel hardware are stitched to the nylon and the tip of the strap and holes are all heat sealed to prevent fraying.
Below are some shots of the Vario seat belt strap on my Seiko Turtles.
The Vario single layer seat belt strap is made with the same quality as most seat belt straps in the market. Being single layered, it helps to keep the watch closer to the wearer’s wrist. Hence, it is suitable for most watches including the thicker ones. The heftier hardware makes the strap look more impressive compared to the generic NATO straps.
Below are more pictures of the straps as well as wrist shots.
Single Layer Seat Belt NATO straps featured in this post are provided by:
This strap is currently available at a launch price of USD11.00 for two days (11 and 12 Nov 2018). Prices will be adjusted to US$16 from 13 Nov 2018.
There is also a buy 2 get 1 free promotion from now till 26 Nov 2018. Buy any two straps and get the third one for free.
Please visit the above site to find out more.
Soft Silicone Straps by vario.sg
Ballistic Nylon Zulu Straps by vario.sg
Printed NATO Straps by vario.sg
Harris Tweed Straps by Vario.sg
Eclipse Watch by vario.sg
Text and pictures by Yeoman.
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Those look very nice to me, Thomas. 🙂
I like single layer nylon straps and have a 22mm one on my “Yobokies” modified, 6309-7040. Single layer straps allow me to position the watch head somewhat in the middle of the strap length. Whenever I do this, the buckle and metal restrainers will end up neatly tucked below my wrist, instead of having the unsightly bulge facing forward.
Furthermore the strap appears symmetrical on the wrist and looks aesthetically balanced, just like the clasp of stainless steel band is positioned directly below the wrist. I see that in all of your wrist shots, the buckle and restrainers are on the right side of your wrist.
Just slide the watch head to the middle of the strap and the bulge will be neatly hidden at the bottom of your wrist! 🙂
BTW, if I were to photograph my NATO/Zulu clad watches, I’d position the watch head like in your images above – the watch looks nicer that way.
Hi Zami, I like putting the keepers at the side because my wrist feels more comfortable when I put it on the desk or on the armrest. I haven’t try putting them under the wrist but will give a try and see how it goes.
These straps even look comfortable. Thanks