By Jon Gaffney
on 2.16.10

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Take the U.K. MOD (Ministry of Defense) spec as your basic watch strap, then over engineer it. The result? One of Maratac’s NATO watch straps. NATOs are a favorite of watch geeks everywhere, and there’s reason why. They look great on almost any sports watch (no, not a Timex Ironman) and serve as a lighter, breathable alternative to leather and steel. Maratacs feature nylon webbing that has been both ultrasonically welded and stitched for added durability, ultrasonically drilled holes to prevent rough spots that’ll annoy the hell out of you, and non-magnetic brushed stainless buckles and keepers. Plus, at a mere $12 bucks a piece, its a cheap way to change up your favorite timepiece. The Maratacs are sworn by in the watch community and, for the price, we concur.

Author’s Note: Be sure to measure your lug width before ordering to get yourself the proper strap the first time out.

Cost: $12