ZULUDIVER Collection

PROTOTYPE: ZULUDIVER 178 Swiss Style NATO

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  • This range of products are currently in the prototype stage. We have limited numbers available at a special price so please buy one, give us feedback and have an input in further developments!

    While this strap is at the prototype stage, get one while you can! And if there is something you like about the strap, or something you would like changed, we'd love to know!

    Length: 300mm
    Thickness: 1.1mm
    Material: Nylon
    Material Type: Woven
    Material Finish: Nylon Fabric
    Edge Finish: Cut edge
    Padding Style: None
    Material Colour: Black/Grey Stripes
    Stitching Colour: Black

    Buckle Type: Buckle
    Buckle Material: Stainless Steel
    Buckle Tongue Width: 2mm

    Special Features: Quick Drying Nylon
    Fittings Supplied: Spring Bars
    Style: NATO

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  • Length(s) 300mm
    Thickness 1.1mm
    Material Type Nylon
    Material Finish Nylon Fabric
    Edge Finish Cut Edge
    Padding Style None
    Stitching Colour Black
    Tongue Width 2mm
    Clasp Type Buckle
    Material Stainless Steel
    Special Features Prototype
    Fittings Supplied Spring Bars
    Strap Style NATO
    Strap Material Nylon
    Strap Style NATO G10
  • Simply fantastic!

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    Without question the best Nato strap I've ever tried on. The strap itself is very soft and comfortable and after a few weeks of daily wear its clear to see this is a very robust strap too. The hardware is of a very high quality finish, I normally go for brushed as polished hardware on a nato can look cheap, but I would highly recommend to go for polished on this strap because it just is such a quality finish its a shame not to show it off.

    Some reviewers have criticised the hardware location and I fully understand what they are saying, it is the small under strap that is of longer length than all my other natos so the buckles sit further around the wrist - but actually, after my initial skepticism, I'd never want it any different. Them being further around looks much more classy and it balances the watch better on the wrist. Usually my watch slips towards the edge of my wrist but with this setup it stays in the middle even with a looser fitting if you prefer that, due to the bulk and weight being further around. Regardless, it would be an easy mod to change it, just sew the buckle on 1cm down and its like any other Nato. As a side point, I wonder if the dimensions of this strap are taken from the Nato used on the Omega Seamaster 300 Spectre? Certainly explains the 'swiss style' in the name, I can't think what else its getting at!

    As for the second buckle from the top, it can slide up and down. I didn't notice this at first and was annoyed I couldn't get the strap to reach it, but being able to adjust is just genius - every strap should do this. It never moves on its own also, so, great!

    The one thing I'd change to make this perfect, is make the buckle that sits under the watch (with the inscription on it) thinner. I like to keep it folded up towards the watch so there is no gap, but even better a tight fit that the strap could only pass through twice. I know that requires two buckle sizes on the strap so unlikely to happen, but just throwing the idea out there.

    All in all, I love this strap. Its genuinely made me dislike all of my others sadly, so all I ask is, please keep the dimensions of this as they are, and roll out some more colours! I wills be back for another few for sure, even at full price I could not resist.

    Who would have thought I could say so much about a simple strap? Well, yeah, its THAT good.


    Amazing quality, but needs a couple of tiny tweaks.

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    I've never been convinced of the benefits of higher quality NATO straps and have usually just bought the cheapest off ebay. However, this strap has changed all that, as the quality is night and day. The material is softer, the finishing is better. The hardware is especially lovely and really makes a humble NATO into something much more in keeping with an expensive diver.

    However, there are a couple of downsides with this prototype version, mainly relating to how it fits on very slim wrists. My wrist is only 6'' is circumference and I found that there wasn't sufficient buckle holes to have the strap fit snugly. I used a heated iron nail to melt a new hole, no problem, but the buckle now is pretty much touching the third of the keepers. With just a couple of tiny tweeks to cut another buckle hole and to slightly reposition the keepers, this would be the best value NATO on the market by far, even at the full £24 price.


    Just Superb!

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    I really cannot recommend this strap highly enough! The quality is just fantastic and it is the most comfortable NATO I've ever owned. I have had a number of people notice it and ask where I got it from. Really can't believe it only cost me £10!! I bought the 22mm version for my Omega Planet Ocean and it looks the business! A fraction of the cost of an Omega Bond strap and I've compared them.... there is no discernible difference at all! Already ordered another as a gift.
    Advice.... If you're after a bond NATO just get one of these now before the price goes up! (Still be a bargain at £24 though!)


    The perfect NATO strap

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    The strap itself is very soft and comfortable yet retains its shape and structure very well. It also has a lovely subtle sheen that gives a very premium feel to the material. I opted for the polished hardware and find the fit and finish to be superb. The slight angular edges to the keepers are a particular highlight and, personally, I love that the keepers are moveable too. Finally the buckle is chunky and angular and looks incredible. The buckle also sits in the middle of my wrist, unlike standard NATOs that sit off to the side. I love the balance this gives the NATO, which has always put me off standard versions. A superb strap.


    great strap, awesome hardware!

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    I agree with other reviews with regards to the location of the hardware, but apart from that, it's an awesome strap, and the best hardware I've ever seen on nato/zulu straps. definitely a keeper!

    (no pun intended).


    Awesome strap at an amazing price

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    Absolutley love this strap. Previously purchased the prototype seatbelt zulu strap and was so impressed with the quality I went ahead and purchased the zuludiver 178 strap. Blown away by the quality and fit. The material is soft and strong, the buckle (I think it is better than the seatbelt buckle as it is thicker) The length of the strap is perfect for my wrise and the polished stainless steel is really eye catching. Will definitely be purchasing more straps and even think I will buy another of these in IP Black :)


    Very impressed

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    Very impressed with this strap on my Omega Planet Ocean. Very comfortable and fits perfectly.


    Very satisfied

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    I purchased one of these recently PROTOTYPE: ZULUDIVER SEAT BELT NATO and I am very satisfied, quick delivery and just as described. My only problem was when I initially put it on the wrong way round but a quick trip to youtube sorted that out. The strap fits my Classic Pebble perfectly and makes it look more distinctive. If I feel like another change of style I will be using your site again. Thanks very much.


    Excellent strap

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    Gorgeous hardware. Makes my Orient Black Mako look like an expensive Swiss watch. Fits perfectly on my 7" wrist. The adjustable keeper is a bonus, in my opinion. For under $10 I got it for, this is a steal. Highly recommend!


    ATTRACTIVE BUT NEEDS FINE TUNING

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    A very comfortable and good looking watch strap. I have to agree with previous reviews, the positioning of the hardware could be better


    Recommended

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    Amazing strap. The best NATO ever seen. Congrats


    The best Bond Nato out there

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    The material, colour and haredware is just outstanding for this strap. It really comapres to high end brand natos (e.g. Omega) which I own. This strap became my daily driver and with the black hardware just fits with the black Damasko watch that I own. Would definitely pay three times the price for it. I do not see why others argue about the positioning of the keepers, I do not have any problems with that issue, I had at first but then realized that you can move the second keeper (which feels stuck when worn) and position it close or far as you need depending on your wrist size (and ultimately excess strap to fold back).


    Good strap....weird placement of keepers

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    The hardware is excellent and the strap quality is very good. I agree with other reviews that the problem is the hardware placement. It leaves very little strap end to tuck back into the first keeper. I don't have a huge wrist either.

    I do love the hardware. and the strap material is comfortable. If you would combine this with the your other prototype strap material then this might become the best strap on the market for the price.


    Extremely high quality strap at exceptional value

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    This strap is without doubt the best nato strap I have ever had. The quality is so good that I put it on my old Omega Planet Ocean transforming it in to an everyday watch. The strap fits very well on my large writ and feels really secure due to the solid clasp and keepers. This strap is absolutely solid and extremely good value for money, I have bought more expensive nato straps and the quality of this strap is right up there with the best of them.


    Great strap

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    This is the best of the prototype strap batch I bought.

    Fit and finish in I'm black is amazing. It fits perfectly and looks great on a variety of watches.

    Keep up the good work


    Almost perfect!!

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    A very comfortable and good looking watch strap. I have to agree with previous reviews, the positioning of the hardware could be better


    Awesome Nato strap

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    This is a cracking strap. It is comfortable and soft in comparison & looks great on my Sinn 857 with the black hardware. It is just the right size for my wrist. The squared off hardware makes it the strap look rugged.
    I have many Nato straps, but this is by far the best so far.
    I will definitely buy others in the future.


    Great materials, poor execution

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    As others have said, the strap and hardware are of very high quality. However, the positioning of the keepers means I probably won't use it. They are just too far away from the buckle and the strap end slides out. Fix that, though, and you're on to a winner and I'd love to see more options.


    Very, very impressed!

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    Bought this to accommodate a Seiko watch I just lost love for (hated the bracelet)
    This NATO suited it to a tee, amazing build quality and feels so comfortable!
    Brilliant customer service and fast delivery, what more do you want!


    Well made but weird setup!

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    Just resigned this strap to the drawer unfortunately. Don't get me wrong, this is probably the best made nato you can buy. The hardware is excellent and the strap quality is very good. The problem is, as stated by others reviewers, the weird placement of the keepers and the holes. I have smallish wrists but normally I have 4 or 5 spare holes left when I'm wearing my watch. With this one I'm on the second tightest and there is still very little to tuck into the keepers. It needs some serious tweeting to get it right, but when you do, I'll snap one up in a minute!


    Bond on a Budget

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    Very nice strap indeed..especially those hardware. Strap is a bit stiff but not a deal breaker. The adjustable keeper closest to the buckle seems to be a hit or miss. For me, it's a hit..maybe because i have a tiny 6 1/4 inches wrist. The keeper can be adjusted nicely to accommodate which ever style of tucking that I prefer. Definitely one of the best Bond strap out there.


    Great quality strap with a couple of minor niggles

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    Great quality nylon, feels substantial and tough, but still flexible. I'd echo two downsides, one there is not quite enough to tuck, and the Zulu diver label initially looks cool but when it slides out the side it quickly becomes annoying and spoils the look. That said I'd buy another in a heartbeat!


    Alluring

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    The strap I purchased is black and gray striped, 20mm size, with brushed hardware. Excellent service as usual, including very fast shipping and careful packaging.
    Despite its classic color and material, the hardware makes this strap a completely different thing. The lines of the buckle and keepers are (relatively) sharp-cornered, and more substantial than the standard NATO hardware. The keepers are unusually placed, and the one nearest to the buckle is free to slide. The new placement allows for new wearing possibilities, which I enjoyed experimenting with until I found a most comfortable setup that really worked for me. Needless to say, the nylon fabric is top-quality and a pleasure to wear. This strap really stands out on the wrist. Great job, WatchGecko!


    Attractive but needs fine tuning.

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    I agree with other reviewers that the top keeper definitely needs to be repositioned lower to allow for a more secure and attractive tuck. Aside from that, the strap looks great. The hardware is some of the best I've seen on a nato, and the contrast between the black and grey really stands out. Stitch up that tag and sort out the keepers and this will be the best nato on the market.


    The BEST!

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    The BEST NATO strap ever. Period.
    Quality hardware, strap material and build. For the first time I've worn a NATO strap that actually fits properly. The quality buckle is located as it should and the extra layering of the strap at the bottom of the wrist makes the watch head less "wobbly" and aesthetically pleasing to look at too. Perfect!


    nice idea, but execution needs tweaking

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    The straps are nice for $13, but the keepers are spaced odd, which leaves little to no tail of the strap to tuck. I will eventually solve this by unstitching them and re-sewing them in. My wrist is 6.5", so I imagine this will present an issue for anyone with a manly wrist. The fabric is a bit stiffer then the other zuludiver straps, which is a let down. The zuludiver tag is a nice touch in form, but in function it sucks. It constantly slides out from the the underside of the watch, looking awkward. I've since cut the label off all my WG starps. Last, these can be improved with the utilization of a screwbar to secure the tang, vice a springbar. The hardware itself is very nice.


    PERFECT !

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    The perfect NATO, heavy nylon and solid metal for the hardware.


    Great quality but strange move away from standard buckle and bracket positioning

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    Whilst the quality is fantastic both from the nylon and the hardware used, I was disappointing with the stitched positioning of the top fixed bracket (buckle end). It pushes the watch down the strap centering it! This means you do not get enough strap to link back like the other 11" straps you make? I can't see the point of the sliding bracket either? It makes the strap feel a little uncomfortable. If this strap had been made to the same sizing/measurement specifications of other Zulus, it would have been the best I'd ever seen for finish and quality. Please make it the same as your others and you are then on to a winner for sure!


    Great strap with a few mods required

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    Great feeling on the wrist and I like the fact that the buckle sits at the bottom of ny wrist. However the downside to this for me seems to be that there is little strap to tuck in. I have several watchgecko NATOs because they are 300mm long which is ideal for me but this one coukd do with an extra 15mm for me or simply repositioning the keepers would be a more practical solution


    Superb

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    From the quality of the materials to the execution of the finish, the Zuludiver Swiss Style NATO from WatchGecko is simply the best NATO on the market. The polished stainless finish matched to a similar watch works brilliantly adding a real touch of class to what is essentially a utilitarian product. The Bond NATO has never looked better. Quite simply superb. Well done guys!


    The best by far

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    This is by far the best nato I have tried. 22mm on my longines and it looks very expensive. Watch gecko have nailed it, well done. I'm about to buy another in 20mm for my omega. Thankyou


    TOP QUALITY NATO

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    Very pleased with this purchase. Top quality and looks. Looking forward for more color options!


    Quality NATO the new hardware gives premium feel

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    Very nice quality NATO the hardware is very high quality some of the best I have seen on a NATO have tried on Sinn 556i and Compliments watch. Would be good if you could produce solid colours in dark grey black and olive green with the same upgrade to hardware.


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