When I placed my order for a belt and a wallet, Scott Willis from Don’t Mourn Organize offered to send me a leather NATO strap for review. I was thrilled with this, as a fan of his work and a lover of watches.
I was very surprised that it was shell. The rugged nature of shell makes it the perfect leather choice for a nato strap, but the $12 leather nato strap that I purchased a year ago was garbage and that sort of set my expectation. The first thing I did was throw it on my work watch, a Maratac Mid-Pilot:
I absolutely loved the look, but that watch sees a lot of water and I wasn’t thrilled about the prospect of soaking this strap to death. That will be my go-to combination for outdoor activities this summer, though, unless I go watch crazy and buy something with a metal band.
The real reason I was thrilled when I saw this band was that I needed a simple brown strap for my dress watch. I have been using a burgundy strap, but I wear a lot more brown on my feet than I do burgundy. Here it is on my Tissot Visodate:
I liked it so much that I ended up putting my deployant clasp on it. It seems a little odd to put a deployant clasp on a nato strap, but it doesn’t screw on, so it is still basically just as easy to remove the strap.
I’m very happy with the strap, and it definitely has a place on my arm in both casual and dressy occasions.
The highlight of this strap was the leather keepers. They really give it a unique look.
The greatest weakness is the stitching that is visible while wearing it.
A finer thread and perhaps an extra stitch or two would have added a lot to the presentation.
I don’t know what Scott is planning to charge for these, but if his price is anything like the reasonable prices at which he offers his belts and wallets, I would highly recommend this strap.