This time round I am featuring a few pieces of printed NATO straps by vario.sg, a online strap store that is based in Singapore. These straps are designed locally in Singapore and each design has a limited production of not more than 500 pieces. I have four pieces to try out but before we see them, let’s take a look at some of the features.
I chanced upon this aluminium watch case on a local website that sells it at SGD25 + SGD8 for shipping by registered mail. So far, I do not have any aluminium watch case and was tempted to buy one just for the fun of it. However, I was skeptical about the site as it loads rather slowly and sells almost anything under the sun.
This has been posted somewhere before but I’m making my own version here for the benefit of those who have not seen it.
This GS folding buckle can actually be dismantled and certain components can be put together to form a standard GS buckle. So, if you have this, you actually have both the folding and the standard buckle.
The picture above says it all. The SBDC013 is now on the original strap designed for the limited edition SBDC015 and it’s on a timegrapher showing good accuracy.
I bought this Citizen 1000m diver in 2004 and have been wearing it on its original rubber strap for the last six years. It is time for a change but strap options are limited due to its proprietary strap design.
Fortunately, someone in Thailand designed and produced an adapter that enables the watch to have regular lugs and suddenly, a world of strap options became available to the watch.
The other day while drinking coffee with the watchmaker at his shop, his watch strap supplier showed up to take orders. His sample straps are placed in large strap holders that look like photo albums. While looking through the samples, I saw these rugged strap with big stitches. So, I asked the watchmaker to order some and I got a brown one for my Alpinist which is the first watch in my collection to come to my mind when I saw the straps.
The strap compliments the Alpinist very well and I decided to create a picture of it.