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NEW DE-LUXE NATO STRAPS

Following demand for a NATO strap of higher quality and appearance which can be worn on dressier occasions, Time Factors is pleased to announce a new range which meets these demands.

This new range is of a finer weave with a silky sheen and slightly thicker at 1.4mm. Although thicker, they are also more supple than most regular NATO straps and all have the new custom hardware introduced on Time Factors' NATO straps in 2014. Manufactured from 100% nylon with a stich count per inch double that of the count of regular NATO strap material.

  • Strap length: 290mm excluding buckle for the G10 pattern, 280mm for the RAF pattern.
  • Distance from buckle to first ring: 10mm
  • Distance from first to second ring: 25mm
  • Distance from second to third ring: 75mm
  • Number of holes: 17
  • Thickness: 1.4mm
  • Bead-blasted stainless steel hardware

Currently available in black/grey, black/orange and black/white, in 20 and 22mm and in G10 and RAF pattern styles.

The G10 pattern has 3 rings and an extra piece of strap which fits behind the watch head, giving 2 thicknesses of strap underneath the watch; the RAF pattern has 2 rings and only one thickness of strap underneath the watch. On the G10 pattern, the location of the buckle depends on the circumference of your wrist: on the RAF pattern, the buckle can be centered on the underneath of the wrist regardless of wrist size.

*Please be aware that nylon can stretch and also shrink so all measurements are +/- 5mm for length and +/- 1mm for width.

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NEW 2-PIECE NYLON WITH DEPLOYANT CLASP

This new range of 2-piece nylon straps on a bead-blasted deployant clasp has been introduced following significant customer demand. Until popularity is known, they are available in 20mm only.

Manufactured from the same high-quality nylon used for the Time Factors NATO straps, the straps are constructed from 2 layers of 1.2mm thick nylon, stitched together to give a thickness of 2.4mm and fitted with a nylon keeper. With no nylon at the back of the watch, this allows the watch to sit lower on the wrist.

Length of clasp side = 80mm

Length of hole side = 135mm

The strap will fit up to a 9.5 inch (24cm) wrist

*Please be aware that nylon can stretch and also shrink so all measurements are +/- 5mm for length and +/- 1mm for width.

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NEW NATO/G10 FOR 2014

A new range of NATO straps is introduced, with upgraded heavy-duty hardware. The new style is now available in black, green and grey in 18, 20 & 22mm and Royal Air Force colours in 20mm only.

Specification

Superior 1.2mm thick woven nylon ribbon with bead blasted solid stainless steel fittings. All joints are securely heat-welded and tested. All holes and strap ends are heat sealed. The MoD specification calls for heat welding: straps which are merely stitched do not meet the specification. All hardware is bead-blasted.

The holes in these straps are perfectly burnt and sealed with no melted nylon "scabs". There are 17 holes, starting 25mm from the end of the strap and spaced every 7mm. This means that the straps will fit all wrists from 5.5 to 10 inches.

Every strap has an overall length of 290mm, excluding buckle*. The specification calls for a 60mm spacing between the second and third rings (where the watch head fits) which is often inadequate to prevent the rings fouling the lugs on many of today's watches. The spacing on these straps has been increased to 80mm to accomodate larger watch heads.

*Please be aware that nylon can stretch and also shrink so all measurements are +/- 5mm for length and +/- 1mm for width.

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  • New 18mm grey on Smiths military
  • New 18mm grey showing new hardware and buckle
  • New 22mm grey on Seiko
  • New 22mm grey showing heavy duty rings and buckle
 

 
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NATO/G10 Strap

These are not just NATO straps, they are superior NATO straps with a new thicker, stronger and softer woven nylon. The hardware is not chrome on brass, it is 316L stainless steel, bead-blasted to a matte grey finish. The bead blasted hardware has been requested by many customers to better match the finish of military watches (did you ever see a polished military watch?). Carlsberg don't sell NATO straps but if they did, they would sell these; probably the best NATO straps in the world.
 
This version is now being phased out and will be replaced with a new version with upgraded hardware as stocks sell out. The new version is available in 18mm and 22mm grey (shown above).

Specification

Superior 1.2mm thick woven nylon ribbon with bead blasted solid stainless steel fittings. All joints are securely heat-welded and tested. All holes and strap ends are heat sealed. The MoD specification calls for heat welding: straps which are merely stitched do not meet the specification.

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All the hardware is bead-blasted solid stainless steel and the strap size is stamped on every buckle.

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The holes in these straps are perfectly burnt and sealed with no melted nylon "scabs". There are 17 holes, starting 25mm from the end of the strap and spaced every 7mm. This means that the straps will fit all wrists from 5.5 to 10 inches.

Every strap has an overall length of 280mm, excluding buckle*. The specification calls for a 60mm spacing between the second and third rings (where the watch head fits) which is often inadequate to prevent the rings fouling the lugs on many of today's watches. The spacing on these straps has been increased to 75mm on the 18mm & 20mm width and 80mm on the 22mm width to accommodate larger watch heads.

Please be aware that nylon can stretch and also shrink so all measurements are +/- 5mm for length and +/- 1mm for width.

 

13 August 2014: 20mm black out of stock

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Product ref:  NATO  18mm:  £8.00 - 20mm:  £9.00 - 22MM: £10.00
This range is now replaced by the new NATOs listed above

NATO/G10 Military NATO Straps

Introduced by popular demand (and because my nephew is in the RAF). Made to the same standard as the "New 2014 NATOs" and available in 20mm only.

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NATO/G10 Coyote Brown & Navy Blue - added 10 January 2014

Two new colours added by request. 280mm long +/- 5mm and fitted with bead-blasted stainless steel hardware. Currently available in 20mm width only.

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NATO/G10 Bond RNVR

Forget all the other Bond straps! If Commander James Bond CMG, RNVR had been able to choose his own strap, this is the one he would surely have chosen. Why? because these are the colours of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, of which he was a member following his retirement from the Royal Navy. *

Same quality nylon ribbon as my other NATO straps (woven in England), heat sealed joints and with bead-blasted stainless steel fittings.

*Yes I know he's only a fictional character but some people take these things so seriously ;-)

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NATO/G10 YAB (Yet Another Bond) Strap

Everyone who believes the original "Bond" strap had red stripes, this one is for YOU! . Standard G10 style and also RAF style (without the extra piece and third ring) with bead blasted stainless steel hardware, 20mm only. Now with the new upgraded hardware.

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Black NATO/G10 Strap with PVD fittings

Manufactured to the same high standards as the NATO straps shown above but with satin finish black PVD rings and buckle.

This strap has an overall length of 280mm, excluding buckle. The spacing between the second and third rings (where the watch head fits) is 75mm. The hardware is satin finish PVD over solid stainless steel. Currently available in 20mm black only.

The black PVD strap is now fitted with the new-style fittings - pictures to follow.

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Black Braided NATO/G10 Strap

Also known as the "Tropical" NATO due to the open braided weave, it is once again available but now with superior fabric and the new stainless steel hardware. This strap is very popular because it has no holes, you simply push the buckle tang through the open weave exactly where you want it for a perfect fit.

This strap has an overall length of 280mm, excluding buckle. The spacing between the second and third rings (where the watch head fits) is 75mm. The hardware is bead blasted solid stainless steel and the strap size is stamped on every buckle

 

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Product ref:  Black Braided NATO 18mm: £8.00 - 20mm: £9.00
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"James Bond" NATO/G10 Strap

From the same manufacturer as the straps above and manufactured to the same high standards, again, with stainless steel hardware.
 
The history of this one is quite interesting. The strap was born following a brief flash of Bond looking at his Rolex Submariner 6538 or 5510 in the film "Goldfinger". Note how it appears to be a 16 mm strap on 20 mm lugs? Don't you just hate to see that?

A few years ago, GQ magazine ran an article on Bond's gizmos and gadgets, including his watches and GQ approached the MoD strap manufacturer to commission the "Bond" strap for a competition. The strap they commissioned was a simple flat strap, not the NATO style which you now see here.

The colours are actually the genuine regimental colours of the General Service Corps, and it is appropriate that a spy would be attached to the General Service Corps. Military (Army) personnel employed on covert intelligence duties were seconded to the GSC whilst employed on these duties but Commander Bond RN would never have been seconded to the GSC as a Royal Navy officer. They are also the colours of a London Gentleman's private club.

Specification

Exactly the same construction as the straps above, including bead-blasted hardware.

NOTE: The 22mm (only) is now supplied with the new hardware.

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Product ref:  8007   18mm:  £8.00 - 20mm:  £9.00 - 22mm:  £10.00
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"James Bond" NATO/G10 Strap - RAF Pattern

Exactly as the "Bond" strap above but without the extra piece behind the watch head. Preferred by some because it doesn't make the watch sit so high on the wrist and you can always centre the buckle at the back of the wrist.

NOTE: The 22mm is now supplied with the new hardware.

18mm out of stock.

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Product ref:  8007RAF   18mm:  £8.00 - 20mm:  £9.00 - 22mm: £10.00
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"James Bond" NATO/G10 Strap - WITH A TWIST

At the request of forum members of TZ-UK , I've had some of the "Bond" straps made with a 2mm orange stripe in centre black stripe. Same quality and specification as the other "Bond" straps with heat welded seams and bead blasted stainless steel hardware.

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Product ref:  8007 Orange Bond   20mm:  £9.00
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NATO/G10 Speedbird Strap

Now that the Speedbird has sold out, I have a limited number of Speedbird straps available. Standard G10 style and also RAF style (without the extra piece and third ring) with bead blasted stainless steel hardware.

3 June 2015. G10 style out of stock.

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