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What’s the difference between a Nato and Zulu strap?
ZULU straps (3-ring) have 1 single nylon strap, which threads above the spring bars (between the spring bars and the case back). These are the simplest, thinnest configuration, but the least secure.

NATO straps have a 2nd (attached, but shorter) strap piece; this 2nd piece threads below the spring bars, and so offers much more security.

ZULU straps (5-ring) are configured just like NATO straps, but are typically made of a slightly thicker nylon. Sometimes NATO and ZULU hardware differ slightly in terms of shape, etc.

Then there are 2-piece NATO/ZULUs, which are like any other standard 2-piece leather, etc., strap, and offer none of the original NATO/ZULU security.
 

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Looks like what I have is a 5-ring Zulu then, I just thought it might have been a better quality NATO as the other Nato’s I’ve gotten with watches have been very thin.
 

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Exactly. If your strap is slightly thicker than a typical NATO, you probably have a 5-ring ZULU.

Of course the specific strap quality/longevity, whether N or Z, definitely depends on the producer. There are so many NATO/ZULUs on the market now, I can't keep up anymore.

You picked a nice color; it complements your watch well.
 

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Nice.
Lizard is a smaller scale that seems somewhat underused, but really works well on smaller watches, and blue + gold are a nice combination.

Here is a black Di-Modell Teju Lizard on my 1958 Omega Seamaster (35mm).

(Also "inherited" in that my father bought it for me when I was born, and gave it to me upon my Confirmation.)

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Pretty excited about a new incoming! Dare I say almost as mint as Roger's pieces!

Hint: Sunburst grey dial with rectangular markers!
 

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^^^ If it's a 62MAS I will fall off my chair.
I don't know that you can find those in the "poor man's" price range, but if that's what it is, I want to see it posted up here too!

Speaking of non-poor man's watches, I've got a very subtle quartz Citizen on it's way to me from Japan. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will be here before the end of the week as I haven't been this excited for an incoming watch in quite a while.
 

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I might have been hinting towards a certain famous dive watch, but rest assured that the budget ceiling (and Roger's bottom) is safe!

The thiccc crystal could use a little cleaning, but the case and dial on this one is absolutely superb!

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