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    I picked up this RRL strap and its really nice. Brian

    https://www.supplyandadvise.com/coll...=6123149885478

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    This pinhead has to be a lawyer. No one else thinks like this except those Bozos.

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    Looking at the title, has he now gone and trademarked "fuck" ?

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    Would it be possible to use the acronym like this?
    N.A.T.O.
    N-A-T-O
    Or does it not differ enough? Worth a try maybe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rafael_T View Post
    Now, even uncle Ralph (Lauren) is selling NATOs.
    So is auntie Coco, even calling the strap the G10.


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    Quote Originally Posted by dave View Post
    We didn't even get them like that when I served, they were loose in a big bundle with a laccy band wrapped around them. And we certainly never called them NATO straps that's an invention of the internet.

    It does kind of make my shit itch though that a complete tool can actually get away with copyrighting something which is in the public domain.

    A bit like the film the 'Dambusters' I do believe the actually 'story' of the raids is copyrighted....how the F*** can you copyright a historical event?

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    I'm still wondering why they are actually called NATO straps, the US style straps are just as 'NATO' if not more so.
    Why not forget the term, I've always called the US style 'the US military strap'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flightpath View Post
    I'm still wondering why they are actually called NATO straps, the US style straps are just as 'NATO' if not more so.
    Why not forget the term, I've always called the US style 'the US military strap'.
    I guess that will never be known, one would have to see the very first mention of it, by whom and in what context. Like I said we never called them that in the British Army.

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    Way back when, there was a Japanese Watch club, mostly Rolex, that wore all their watches on the G-10 strap (the one from Phoenix, grey). Maybe they were the ones calling it NATO strap? It's been a loooooooooong time, 17 years?

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    they are mentioned on MWR back in 2000; was there ever a mention in Ziggy's book?

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    That is a good question. Hello, Dave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rafael_T View Post
    Way back when, there was a Japanese Watch club, mostly Rolex, that wore all their watches on the G-10 strap (the one from Phoenix, grey). Maybe they were the ones calling it NATO strap? It's been a loooooooooong time, 17 years?
    That web page was called 'Nato Strappers Scan' and was first mentioned here on October 3rd 2000. The webpage is no longer online but is archived on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. Sadly the watch images were not captured but were along the lines of the below









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    Quote Originally Posted by dave View Post
    they are mentioned on MWR back in 2000; was there ever a mention in Ziggy's book?
    I had a quick flick through his book and didn't see any use of the name, so the Japanese watch club are currently out there in the lead which makes me wonder if it was a phrase that was used in some of the 1990's mooks ?

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    A quick flick through Imai shows the use of the acronym NATO, but not sure if this in relation to straps or not.

    The first pressing of Imai's Military Watch Encyclopedia (1990-06-20) has it in the description of some of the watches - e.g. Hamilton Royal Army [W10] on page 276 (page 354 in the third edition).

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    Talking What...

    do you call a thousand lawyers chained together at the bottom of the sea? A good f**king start!

    "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers" - Thank you Bill Shakespeare!
    I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy!

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    There you go! I LOVED that page, full of fun. This was my favorite watch of the bunch:



    Didn't they use to soak them in beer?

    Thanks, Ian.

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    Curious to know what era these are from, box is clearly marked NATO...


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    Bloody hell, thought they were uncommon!




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    Quote Originally Posted by msa6712 View Post
    Curious to know what era these are from, box is clearly marked NATO...



    Those the ones being sold by a Guy in Canada on eBay?... I think he states that they are 60's straps. Bear in mind that, If memory serves me correct, his dad was a watchmaker, so his dad may have labelled that box. And not the Canadian DoD....but then again....maybe they did :-)

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