Originally Posted by DerekS
have i mentioned that i hate you?
that looks fantastic. I have a dozen natos, but no leather natos.
There are leather NATOs and then there are leather NATOs
There is a very nice version from Time Traveler which is Kangaroo tail
- the tail has a really unusual grain/texture/feel that's like a cross between pebbled leather, lizard and regular veg-tanned leather. Very nice. And unusual enough to indulge your inner special flower.
Cordovan NATOs are rubbish IMO. The cordovan is often way too thick, will be hell to get into the limited space between case and springbar on your Ex-I, cause the watch to stand off your wrist in an odd unattractive way, and finally will overwhelm the watch when folded back at the end of the strap.
Most sellers try to overcome the thickness by making the NATO hardware "stand" higher off the strap, which is pretty rubbish looking IMO - you own NATO straps, I think you know what I'm talking about.
This is the Tenzing Explorer I strap was rambling on about earlier:
Finally consider as well a plain black
cordovan strap with contrast cream stitching - if your Ex-I is an older one (i.e. 14270 or earlier) the cream stitching will bring out the ageing tritium in a very
nice way. Keeping in mind what Kap said earlier - there are many different versions out there, but IMO the Gabarro version is the nicest as the stitches are just
the right size.Edited by apropos - 12/28/12 at 6:29pm