NATO Watch straps for Apple Watch

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They're by far the nicest variety of watch straps I've seen, but unfortunately they'd cover the sensors on the back of the Apple Watch. I emailed the company to ask about the possibility of straps to accommodate for this and they said:

Unfortunately, all of the NATO Straps that we sell cover the back of the watch.
At this time, our straps are not compatible with the Apple Watch. This is something we are definitely looking into!


http://natostrapsco.com
 
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kwjohns

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I think the title you meant to use was "NATO Watch straps not for Apple Watch" which defeats the purpose of posting them here...
 
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kovey

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That would be the negative way to look at it. The title is correct as I'm hopeful that it'll happen, and the manufacturer said that they're definitely looking into it.
 

kwjohns

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There's nothing negative about it. It's being honest. I clicked the thread thinking another company was releasing bands to find out it's a company that not only makes only regular watch bands, but watch bands that would remove functionality from the Apple Watch. lol
 
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tgewin

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They're by far the nicest variety of watch straps I've seen, but unfortunately they'd cover the sensors on the back of the Apple Watch. I emailed the company to ask about the possibility of straps to accommodate for this and they said:

Unfortunately, all of the NATO Straps that we sell cover the back of the watch.
At this time, our straps are not compatible with the Apple Watch. This is something we are definitely looking into!


http://natostrapsco.com
Definitionally, a NATO or Zulu strap will not work because those both require a single continuous strap and would, therefore, block the sensors on the back. There are some ways they could use a similar woven nylon band.

Crown and Buckle, another seller of good NATO, Zulu, and other straps, has also said they'll be trying to figure something out for the Apple Watch. They are currently working on some straps for the various Android Wear devices as well.
 

AKRowdy

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They're by far the nicest variety of watch straps I've seen, but unfortunately they'd cover the sensors on the back of the Apple Watch. I emailed the company to ask about the possibility of straps to accommodate for this and they said:

Unfortunately, all of the NATO Straps that we sell cover the back of the watch.
At this time, our straps are not compatible with the Apple Watch. This is something we are definitely looking into!


http://natostrapsco.com
As it would happen, my dad is their patent attorney. He said they are very interested in bringing something to market for Apple Watch, but haven't been able to get one in their hands to use. I need to send pictures of the mechanism to my dad, but unsure how helpful that will actually be.

I do Love my nylon nato straps, though.
 
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sinsin07

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I looked at the site twice.

Each time I was temporarily blinded.

I think my eyes were trying to protect my heart.

Horrid
 

kovey

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I looked at the site twice.

Each time I was temporarily blinded.

I think my eyes were trying to protect my heart.

Horrid
It sounds like you have some kind of epilepsy combined with cardiovascular disease. Best wishes.
 

sinsin07

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It sounds like you have some kind of epilepsy combined with cardiovascular disease. Best wishes.
Nay. It's a line from Married With Children.

But it wouldn't hurt to get your eyes checked.

The straps are horrendous.
 

hcole623

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I wear NATO/G10 straps of different varieties on my mechanical watches almost everyday.

It would be pretty easy to do the mod where you can use traditional watch bands, and use a 2-piece NATO strap (so as not to block the sensors).

Perhaps one of these

I was curious if anyone had done this yet and had some pictures? I think it'd look great!
 

kovey

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Somebody posted this link in this forum (even with a picture of one they purchased), but the post mysteriously vanished. Perhaps it's spam and I don't know if this site is legit, but these appear to be NATO style watch straps for the apple watch:
http://www.band-clip.com/e-shop/?category=Nato
 

Lagmonster

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Some real quick pictures and observations:

1) The orange band seems to work fine with the lock/unlock. Maybe enough light can get through? The black locks right away, sadly.

2) This sounds crazy but HR seems to work through the orange band...

3) Putting it on the charger is not as bad as I thought it would be, just open the strap a bit and good to go.

Long story short, I'm probably going to end up with a modified nato because I want to be able to wear colors and the locking is a problem.



 

nfl46

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It almost looked like an SS in the first picture. The orange really brings out the Space Gray; it looks cool!
 

kovey

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You're using an original Nato strap? lol, it blocks all the sensors. There's no way the heart rate sensor still works accurately. Just buy a 3rd party Nato style band that comes in two pieces.
 

Xtremjeepn

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I was wondering if anyone was going to try a Nato or Zulu strap. I love them on other watches.

On me the 42mm is so small I think I could actually wear it on the underside of my wrist with a nato style strap and a real watch on the top, :eek:
 

Lagmonster

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I have a few two-piece on the way already but gave these a shot. No clue how the orange seems to be working with the sensor but the HR is matching my garmin chest strap... Magic perhaps.
 

NTFM

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I was wondering if anyone was going to try a Nato or Zulu strap. I love them on other watches.

On me the 42mm is so small I think I could actually wear it on the underside of my wrist with a nato style strap and a real watch on the top, :eek:
That would be the only situation where I'd accept the look of a protection case.
 

lirn8

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How to use?
It comes with adapter?
I personally don't care at all about the sensors on the back of the watch!
 
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They cost 5 times more
It's not like the watch sensors are good
Like telling you to stand while standing
I disabled all sensors and sport tracking features to save battery life
The stand reminders generally work well for me, but in any case that feature doesn't use the sensors on the back to my knowledge. It's based on things like the gyroscope and accelerometer. It seems like you're missing out on some pretty big features of the watch if you turn off all of the sensors. Are you really that desperate to save battery?
 
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