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Old April 18th, 2012, 09:05 AM
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Christopher Snell
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Chris, is that your new coat? How did you like it?

I love it. It kept me warm and dry and it's tough as nails. It's totally thrashed from a week in the dirt and I need to figure out how to clean it.
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Old April 18th, 2012, 09:06 AM
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What's the silver thing on your watch strap? Never seen a NATO strap like that

That's my wedding band. It gets a little loose when my fingers are cold and dry so I keep it on the strap.
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Old April 18th, 2012, 09:12 AM
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Shooting photos is a lot of work. I learned to drive fast and to handle tough obstacles without a spotter in order to stay ahead of the group.


i was thinking the same thing as i viewed the first post photos. looks like the hard work paid off, nice photos.
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Old April 18th, 2012, 09:56 AM
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[quote=jrose609]A little Rolex love to go with the Zassenhaus......
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I'm really digging the NATO strap now after looking at it more. After wearing my IWC Aquatimer with the rubber strap, the sub just doesn't look right on me anymore. I think I need a change.

Chris, where did you get that strap? I've looked a little online and everything I'm seeing is less than $20. Is that what they really cost, or do you have something better?
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Old April 18th, 2012, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by jrose609
A little Rolex love to go with the Zassenhaus......
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I'm really digging the NATO strap now after looking at it more. After wearing my IWC Aquatimer with the rubber strap, the sub just doesn't look right on me anymore. I think I need a change.

Chris, where did you get that strap? I've looked a little online and everything I'm seeing is less than $20. Is that what they really cost, or do you have something better?

Steve, I'm wearing a NATO strap too. I've had my Bond strap for over a year. It is sooooo comfortable. I order mine from a company on eBay. I think they are in Bellvue. About $20 or $25.

Nice thing is, they are diving straps. If you break a pin, the watch is still held on to the strap by the other pin. Helps in not losing your watch to the depths while in the water.
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Old April 18th, 2012, 10:23 AM
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Here you go, Steve


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Old April 18th, 2012, 12:46 PM
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I recommend the Maratac NATOs

high quality

http://www.broadarrow.net/maratac.htm

however, if you don't like stitching, you can go with the TimeFactors "NATO" that is heat welded (like the original MoD specs called for)

http://www.timefactors.com/nato.htm

can't go wrong with those
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Old April 18th, 2012, 01:05 PM
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My band is from the eBay store that Jason posted. I've been very happy with it. It is, as Jason said, super comfortable.

I was diving a wall in Honduras and looked down at my wrist to see the factory band my Sub unclasped and riding around my hand, about to fall into the abyss. When I saw the double-strap system on Jason's watch, the NATO was a no-brainer.

It doesn't quite have the wear-with-anything style of the stainless steel band and it does stink a bit when wet, but I still prefer it.
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Old April 18th, 2012, 02:15 PM
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Thanks guys, I'm going to have to pick one of those up. Maybe I'll wear the Rolex more.
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Old April 18th, 2012, 02:34 PM
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Damn, guys. This thread started so well and now it's all about those gay straps that make your Sub awesomeness look as though you ran out of money.
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Old April 18th, 2012, 02:38 PM
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John, I did run out of money. I had to sell the band to pay for Huggies.
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Old April 18th, 2012, 03:16 PM
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They're crappy bracelets anyway, right?
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Old April 18th, 2012, 04:12 PM
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I'm all about the NATO strap.
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Old April 18th, 2012, 04:16 PM
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a few from my journey there and back again...
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Old April 18th, 2012, 04:49 PM
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Old April 18th, 2012, 05:09 PM
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Old April 18th, 2012, 05:19 PM
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Old April 18th, 2012, 06:57 PM
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Every time I see a NATO'd Rolex, I'm reminded of this:


He:

(a) bought the wrong gun;
(b) likes kustum;
(c) practices tacticality;
(d) is applauded on the interweb;
(e) all the above.
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Old April 18th, 2012, 07:08 PM
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celeb_connerysub

That's some cool shit, no doubt. I wouldn't mind being a secret agent who caps bad guys and fucks hot women who wear knives with their bathing suits.

This is some cool shit too:




But I'm not getting a foot-long velcro strap for my watch either.
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Old April 18th, 2012, 08:28 PM
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You'd be screwed if you bought a 5517!

BTW, did you guys know that Rolex sells a NATO strap also? It's true
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Old April 19th, 2012, 06:25 AM
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John, I am 100% agreement about the Anschutz.

I agree with you on the total and complete awesomeness of the Rolex Submariner with the Oyster strap. A person cannot beat the beauty of the Sub direct from the the hands of the artisans in Switzerland. She is a classic, and no one can ever take that away.

Untitled


I wear a NATO band not because it is more beautiful or classic. I wear the band to preserve my oyster.

I am a LEO. I used to spend my time arresting drunk drivers. Drunks would fight, scuffle, and push. I was always worried of breaking my watch or strap.

I worked hard for a long time to be able to buy this watch. I Had always talked myself out of it and used money reserved for the watch to pay bills or whatever. I could not justify sending $4000 or more on a watch.

As Ben Little and Chris Snell can attest to, I had a pretty interesting experience in my job a few years back. There is no explainable reason I am still alive. I had read posts by you, Han, Chris, Aaron, Sheki, and a great number of others about the Rolex and the magic of the watch. Your posts, John, we're the posts that convinced me that I deserved the Rolex. I figured there was no time like the present for getting my Rolex. Who really knows how long we will be on this earth. After the incident I had, I started my search. I found a watch and bought it. Turns out by chance, this watch was first "adopted" on 5/31/06. May 31.2006 is the day my daughter was born. Chance? I think not. This watch was MEANT for me.

I want to be able to wear my watch at work. I wear a uniform to work and am in the public eye. I sacrificed for 10 years saving money for this watch, and I want to wear it every day until I die. When I die, my daughter will get my watch.

Watch people recognize the Rolex even in the NATO band. The NATO band is a classic too. Not as beautiful as the oyster, but still classic. It is not meant to be flashy or cheap. Rather for me it allows me to wear my watch every day to work without the risk of messing up my oyster strap. The NATO band does look good, and I can change it out for the oyster in about 3 minutes if I am going out with my beautiful wife.

So, there is not quite the Rolex awesomeness with the NATO strap as with the oyster. The durability is there. The classiness is there. Sean Connery sported a NATO band. Lots of people do. It is not a plastic or rubber Luminox band or a cheap patent leather piece of shit band. The NATO band looks nice, and it is toned down enough I can wear my watch to work without someone saying, "look at the government employee on the public tit sporting a Rolex." Fuck those people. I saved for 10 years for my watch, and it took nearly dying for me to realize it was okay for me to spend a little money on myself.
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Old April 19th, 2012, 11:01 AM
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Hold up, you have a classic that has a three hundy as well?
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Old April 19th, 2012, 11:19 AM
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Hold up, you have a classic that has a three hundy as well?
shit, need to remove that from sig line. I had one and sold it to a friend in Washington.
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Old April 19th, 2012, 11:42 AM
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shit, need to remove that from sig line. I had one and sold it to a friend in Washington.

That would have been mine if it had been the right color
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Old April 19th, 2012, 11:49 AM
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That would have been mine if it had been the right color
Yes, the black was beautiful. If it had been white I would have kept it
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