Whats your thoughts on this? Are the nato bands better?
replacing metal with nato band
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I agree with above. Depends on the style. I prefer stainless steel bracelets, but I tend to wear divers, usually a Planet Ocean. Nato's have the benefit of being easy to change, and protecting the watch better by staying on your wrist if a springbar breaks. Important during diving/fishing/watersports.
A NATO band is inherently utilitarian with the new colored ones being ultra casual. It will not be "classy" but that doesn't mean not to do it. I keep my SMP on a NATO all summer because it gets knocked around swimming, camping, fishing etc.
If you want classy buy a leather band. If you want practical for a summer casual watch get a NATO.