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    Default Help! Value of vintage / old authentic NATO straps help!

    Help needed .
    What are vintage old Nato straps worth?
    Have a lot of black and OD/tan ones ( brass and carbon steel buckle) 18mm and 20mm.
    Length ranging from 215mm to 270 mm.
    Not to be compared with the modern RAF or Asian made NATO straps.
    The real vintage old authentic straps from 1950-1960
    All in VG original condition...no flaw!...never messed up.
    Any idea?
    Thx for your suggestions.

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    Pictures please

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    pm me please and you can have them all and even make them public. I am too dumb to publish them by myself here...sorry.
    Last edited by Omega-military; 10-11-2017 at 13:16.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega-military View Post
    pm me please and you can have them all and even make them public. I am too dumb to publish them by myself here...sorry.
    Just sold and paid via Paypal. Thx to MWR and buyer.

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    Default quite a confusing thread methinks


    VINTAGE GREY MoD NYLON STRAP 20mm WIDE

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    VINTAGE MoD NYLON STRAP 20mm

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    First one is very rare.

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    Yipee!! - I'm rich!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave.charlton View Post
    Yipee!! - I'm rich!!
    You keep the straps and I'll have the stuff attached to em then, pop them in a jiffy bag please

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    Curious whether anyone but me will succeed using the one thatís 215mm long. My wrist is 5.5inches (13.5cm) and a 23cm pull through is exactly the right length. But perhaps of course the new owner just wants to have it for the sake of having it...

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    The Service Manual for the Smiths GS De Luxe has one on its cover (I'm guessing it dates to 1954).

    Pic from John Senior:



    From this thread:

    http://www.mwrforum.net/forums/showt...de+luxe+manual
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    Does not look the sane to me. Very different and a different width

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    Quote Originally Posted by watchlover View Post
    Does not look the sane to me. Very different and a different width
    No not the same but interesting to see a pic of a NATO from the 1950s though.
    "Early this year I saw ex-army watches exhibited in a showcase at a little under £4 each. A week or two later I succeeded in buying one of them for £5. Recently their price seems to have risen to £8." (George Orwell, "As I Please", Tribune, 29th November 1946)

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    I have some really old and ratty NATO straps lying around, but I never considered that they might be of some kind of interest. Is there a resource available that explains how to identify original NATO straps, or are there a few key characteristics to look out for ? I could try and dig something out when I get home and add some pictures...

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    I'm still shocked that a nylon NATO in distinctly "used" condition sold for over two hundred quid.
    "Early this year I saw ex-army watches exhibited in a showcase at a little under £4 each. A week or two later I succeeded in buying one of them for £5. Recently their price seems to have risen to £8." (George Orwell, "As I Please", Tribune, 29th November 1946)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revo View Post
    No not the same but interesting to see a pic of a NATO from the 1950s though.

    That's the khaki strap which the MoD specified for the GS watch. I've never seen one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Revo View Post
    I'm still shocked that a nylon NATO in distinctly "used" condition sold for over two hundred quid.
    I once bought 40 used NATO straps from Anchor supplies, all 60's ones. I used to put them on WWW, Hamilton's. smith deluxe's, w10's etc that i sold. All went years ago, apart from a couple i've got on watches.

    Anchor sold them for 50p each.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foilguy View Post
    Anchor sold them for 50p each.
    Those crazy fools!!!

    I have a few 60s ones in the drawer. The only one that seems relevant to keep is the admiralty grey one my Smiths 0552 came on.

    Joe

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    Vintage NATO straps are getting crazy prices like the issued watches they go on. No way would I pay that for a silly strap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by river rat View Post
    Vintage NATO straps are getting crazy prices like the issued watches they go on. No way would I pay that for a silly strap.
    Probably went to a hipster who overpaid for his refinished military watch

    DON

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