Leather NATO G10 StrapsCopyright © Notice
I can supply to special order leather NATO G10 style alternatives to nylon NATO G10 straps for military watches. These are made in the leather colour of your choice, are much more stylish and comfortable to wear than a nylon strap, and I also think they look more "period" on an older military watch.
I don't usually keep leather NATO G10 straps in stock, so the principal purpose of this page is to allow you to place an order for one to be made. However, I do occasionally find that I have one in stock due to one reason or another, and there is a small section right at the bottom of the page where you can find these. If you are in a rush, you might just find what you need at G10s in stock.
If you have not ordered from me before, please read down this page before ordering. If you have ordered before, you can use the short cuts to the left to jump straight to the section you are interested in. If you want to order something that is not covered by the options given in the ordering section, please email me.
NB: My leather NATO G10 style straps are not exact copies of the nylon service straps for several reasons, so please make sure you read all the information here so that you know exactly what you are getting. I don't keep NATO G10 straps in stock because the number of permutations of hardware, width and leather colour are too many for me to hold stock of all of them, so each strap is custom made to your order. This has the benefit that it can be made to fit your wrist size, but it can take up to two to three weeks to get it made.
My Standard Design and Mark II Design
When I first asked the workshop to make some leather NATO G10 straps, I thought that they would just make faithful copies of the service nylon versions, just shorter. But the workshop realised that the standard design of the NATO G10 strap puts the watch head close to the buckle, meaning that the buckle sits on the side of the wrist rather than underneath it, so they moved the position of the keepers to make the strap more wearable. However, this does mean that the keeper positions even on my "standard" G10 design are not an exact replica of a service G10 strap.
After some customer comments about my standard G10 strap positioning of the buckle on the side of the wrist being uncomfortable I designed a revised "Mark II" design that looks like the standard NATO G10 but places the watch head further down the strap so that the buckle sits under the wrist rather than to the side. I find these are much more comfortable to wear than the standard G10 design. I don't say that these are "better" than the standard design, it is just an alternative if you find the position of the buckle uncomfortable with the standard design.
A customer who ordered one of my Mk. II G10 straps commented I'm not a fan of most NATOs due to the odd placement of the buckle and normally resort to having to cut the keeper off. Your strap is the first that I haven't had to do this with which means I can wear it as intended. Perfect. Another completely different customer said My watch now looks very classy and is once again in daily use. I was never that keen on the nylon G10 strap and like yourself I hated the way the buckle ended up on the side. Your Mark II design is exactly what I was looking for.
The difference between my standard and Mk. II designs is explained in more detail below.
Defence Standard (DefStan) 66-47
The basic design of the NATO G10 strap, as shown in the drawing from Defence Standard (DefStan) 66-47, calls for the positions of the metal loops to be increments of 12mm plus 25mm plus 60mm from the buckle end of the strap. This means that that the watch head is held very close to the buckle. This design means that if you wear the strap what I would call the "normal" way, that is with the buckle at the top, so that the buckle passes over your wrist and the tail of the strap passes under your wrist as you put the strap on, the buckle sits on the outside of your wrist rather than underneath it. It may be OK if you are used to it from wearing a service issue nylon strap, but I find this position of the buckle to be uncomfortable.
Drawing from Defence Standard 66-47
Reading from the top: 1: G10 nylon. 2: Standard G10 leather.
3: One of my Type B straps. 4: My Mark II G10 design.
You can see why the standard G10 buckle sits where it does by referring to the picture on the right. The top two straps are a nylon G10 and one of my leather G10s. However, these two straps are not made exactly to the DefStan specification, the position of the loops has been moved a little so that the watch head can be placed further away from the buckle, although you would be hard pressed to tell without actually measuring it.
You can see how closely the leather G10 matches the nylon - it is just made shorter to suit the individual's wrist - mine in this case - because a large excess of leather is much harder to tuck away than nylon. However, even with this modified "standard" design I still find that the watch head is held too close to the buckle for comfort.
The third strap in the picture is one of my Type B vintage straps, and you can see how much further down the strap the watch head sits. When I wear this strap the buckle sits underneath my wrist, which is the usual place and where I find it comfortable. My revised "Mark II" design of the G10 looks as much as possible like the standard NATO G10 and uses the same hardware, it but places the watch head further down the strap so that the buckle sits under the wrist rather than to the side. I find this much more comfortable to wear than the standard G10.
Both of my "Standard" and "Mark II" G10 NATO designs can be supplied with either standard or ZULU hardware. You will find separate ordering buttons for the two designs below.
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G10 hardware is available in types Standard or ZULU. Standard hardware is available in polished stainless steel or gold plate. ZULU hardware is available in stainless steel only. I don't have brushed finish in either standard or ZULU hardware. You are welcome to supply your own hardware.
I don't usually keep G10 straps in stock, you can place an order for one to be made for you using the buttons below. However, right at the bottom of the page is a list of some stock G10 straps.
Omega WWW leather G10 standard hardware
My standard G10 leather straps have traditional polished stainless steel fittings, which are shown in the picture to the right here, and also in the picture of the four straps above. Standard hardware can be made up into G10 straps in my "standard" or my Mk. II design.
Standard stainless steel hardware is available in widths from 12mm to 24mm in increments of 2mm.
Gold coloured standard hardware is available in 18 or 20mm - if you want gold coloured hardware please select the 18 or 20mm option and then let me know that you want it in gold colour - there is usually an option to send a message with the PayPal order.
I don't have brushed or matt finish standard hardware.
Black G10 strap with ZULU hardware
The ZULU hardware has a round cross section and is heavier than the standard NATO G10 hardware. My understanding is that the ZULU hardware was designed to be stronger than the standard hardware for dive purposes as opposed to aviation. I think the two rings the end of the short strap are be for extra security. ZULU hardware can be made up into straps of my standard design or my Mk. II design.
ZULU hardware is available in 18mm, 20mm, 22m or 24mm widths in bright stainless steel only. Because of the extra cost of the ZULU hardware, straps with ZULU hardware are slightly more expensive at £27.50.
I don't have brushed or matt finish ZULU hardware.
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Construction, Thickness and Length
Nylon NATO G10 straps are made extremely long, this seems to be not only to accommodate different size wrists but also so they can be worn on the outside of clothing. The long tail is usually folded back and tucked under one of the keepers. With a leather strap this presents a problem. A leather strap the same thickness as a nylon strap would be very weak. You will see straps like this advertised as being "soft" and "flexible", which is true, but for some reason they don't also say that they are "floppy" and "weak".
I prefer to supply leather straps that will last, so my straps are made in the traditional way, from two pieces of leather glued back to back and stitched all round. The finished thickness is about 2mm. A strap of this thickness can't be folded back on itself and tucked under a keeper like a nylon strap, so my straps are made shorter, without the long tail of the nylon strap. This means that the second keeper ring is not needed to tuck the long end of the strap into, although we make the strap up with it in place for authenticity.
Stitching all the way round obviously involves a cost in labour time and machinery, but it means that the two pieces of leather aren't going to come apart after a little bit of wear as can happen with cheap copies that are simply glued. Unstitched straps also stretch easily in wear. I have in the past, against my better judgement, supplied straps made from a single thickness of leather, and also straps made from two thicknesses but unstitched, but due to customer dissatisfaction I will not supply any more; as an engineer by training and at heart I prefer things made in a way that I feel comfortable with.
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From experience the standard length of my straps suits most people, but how this fits your watch and your wrist does depend on how chunky your watch is, because of the way the strap loops through the lugs, and how tight you like to wear your strap. If your wrist is measures less than 165mm / 6½" around, or more than 195mm / 7&2/3" around, or your watch needs the strap to take a more than usually convoluted path so that more than usual of the strap is used in attaching the watch, please send me a measurement round your wrist and / or a picture of the lugs of your watch, and I'll adjust the strap length to suit you.
The most reliable way to measure your wrist is to wrap a dressmaker's tape measure around your wist at the point you wear you watch and take a reading from this, or wrap a piece of string around your wrist and make a mark with a pen where it overlaps and then measure the distance between the two marks with a rule. If you take a measurement from an existing strap this produces a slightly different result, so please make sure to let me know if this is what you have done.
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Strap / Band Width
I can only supply straps in even sizes, that is even numbers of millimetres i.e. 16mm, 18mm, 20mm etc. which is determined by the cutters in the workshop. If you are sure that your lugs are an odd size, I always advise that you go for the next larger size, e.g if you measure your lugs as 17mm, get an 18mm strap. It will fit with a bit of careful threading through: leather is a marvellous material which will squash down to fit the lugs. This looks a lot better than a narrow strap that leaves your watch slopping about from side to side. And also leather straps always get slightly narrower as you wear them, because as they stretch slightly in length, they contract in width, and you don't want it to go sloppy after a few wears.
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The ordering buttons below have options for the most popular colours, but if you want a strap in a colour not listed, then please send me an email. I can supply dark green, red, yellow, blue, white etc. as well as metallics - probably not usual for a G10, but then what do I know - you're the customer! I have supplied a NATO G10 in white and it looked rather nice. Yellow would make a striking combination with black watch.
Cognac / Chestnut We have now run out of cognac leather and can't get any more (see leather if you want to read more about my constant struggles to find suitable leather) so any straps order to be made from now on will be in a new version of chestnut. Some of you may remember the old chestnut that preceded the cognac; this version is a little lighter and "brighter" than the old chestnut and the cognac. I have put a picture of the chestnut on the pictures page.
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One feature that I get asked about is contrast stitching, which can be done. Contrast stitching works quite well, although bear in mind that the stitches on my straps are small machine made stitches. See below for why I can't supply straps with big stitches
White looks very good with black, and red with brown. The workshop has most colours, but do ask if there is a colour combination you particularly want.
There is no extra charge for different coloured stitching, and because G10 straps are made to order you can simply specify what colour stitching you want along with your order, either by using the "send merchant a message" feature in PayPal, or just drop me an email.
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Will It Fit My Watch?
I am often asked if a leather G10 will fit a modern watch. I have never tried to do this myself, and there is such a variation of watch case designs that I can only offer some general advice.
To assess whether your watch will take a leather G10 strap, you need to look at the path the leather will take through the lugs and across the back of the case. Modern nylon NATO straps are very thin and because of this they will fit watch cases that leather G10 straps can't fit. Also, a modern watch may cause the strap to make sharper bends around the case and a leather G10 strap will need to be made slightly longer to allow for this.
The watch in the picture is an Omega W.W.W. supplied to the British military in the 1940s. This watch was designed to take a leather or heavy canvas webbing strap, the thin nylon NATO strap did not exist at the time. Look carefully at the part of the picture I have outlined in red - click on the picture to enlarge it to get a clearer view. You can see that the lugs are sized and positioned so that the strap can take a gently curved path through the lugs and then across the back of the case. It is easy to fit a leather G10 strap to this watch, and my standard length is suitable.
Looking at your own watch, if there is at least a 2mm gap between the case and the lugs for the strap to pass through, and the strap does not have to make a ridiculously sharp turn, then it should be fine. Leather is a very flexible and adaptable material and once fitted will take up whatever shape it needs to as you wear it. But you do need to be able to fit it in the first place! (see note below) If the lugs are closer to the case than 2mm, or the path that the strap would have to take has very sharp bends, or right angled bends very close to the lugs, then it might not be suitable for a one piece leather strap.
The bottom line is that you really need to look at the watch case without a strap fitted and make a judgement about whether a piece of leather is going to fit between the bars and bend around the case, or ideally even try threading something like part of an old leather strap through one of the lugs, across the back of the case and through the other lug and see how it goes.
Spring Bars and Fixed Bars
Omega W.W.W. watch with fixed bars
Some time in the 1920s the modern design of strap attachment was designed for wristwatches. This took over from the older simple one piece wire lugs. The new design had two projecting "horns" attached to the watch case, and between these a bar was placed for the strap to attach to. There are two types of these bars, spring bars and fixed bars. Spring bars are hollow and have a spring and two pins inside them. The spring in the middle pushes the pins out of either end, and they engage in holes in the horns on the watch case. These are easy to fit and remove and usually give little if any problem. They are usually used with a two piece strap, each piece of the strap being fixed at one end to the case by a spring bar. The disadvantage with this arrangement is that if one of the spring bars breaks or comes unclipped from the horn there is nothing to hold the watch to the wrist and it can fall away and be damaged or lost.
The military decided that spring bars were not as strong and secure as they could be, so for service watches they specified solid bars that were permanently fixed to the horns. The Omega W.W.W. watch shown here, the same one as in the picture above, has solid fixed bars that are permanently attached, and they are very strong. To make the attachment of the watch to the wrist even more secure, the G10 strap was specified as discussed above. This strap goes completely around the wrist and even if one of the fixed bars comes loose for some reason, the strap and watch remain attached to the wrist. The combination of fixed bars and G10 strap makes an extremely secure fixing.
Before nylon was invented G10 straps were made of either leather or canvas webbing, both of which resulted in a strap that was considerably thicker than a modern nylon strap. If you look at the picture of the Omega W.W.W. watch here you can see how the horns have been made long so that there is a really big gap between the case and the bars. This watch case was designed to take a leather or webbing strap. Modern watches, whether they have spring bars or fixed bars, never have this size of gap between the case and the bars, which is why I advise you to assess your watch carefully before trying to fit a leather G10 strap, the gap doesn't need to be as big as on the Omega W.W.W., which is really rather extreme, but you do need to examine your watch carefully and see where the strap will run as I describe above.
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Please note that I don't keep leather NATO G10 straps in stock, there are far too many possible variants of width and colour, so your order will be made specially for you. Because of this, please allow two to three weeks for manufacture before dispatch. It usually doesn't take as long as that, but sometimes things happen so I don't like to over-promise and then disappoint. You are welcome to ask me about progress as time goes on, but I can't make the workshop work any faster, they always do their best.
These leather straps don't have the very long tail of the nylon strap and so the second keeper ring is not needed to tuck the long end of the strap into, although we make the strap up with it in place for authenticity.
Leather will harden and crack if subjected to repeated soaking in water and therefore leather straps are not suitable for swimming or diving.
I am based in Cheshire, England, but I am happy to take orders from anywhere in the world, and I have many satisfied customers all over the world.
Postage and Packaging - P&P
The cost of packaging and postage is not included in the price of the straps. I make a single charge to cover packaging and postage (p&p), no matter how many straps you order. Please make sure you add one p&p payment to your order.
Standard postage in the UK is by Royal Mail First Class. Overseas shipping is by standard airmail, which takes a few days in Europe but longer where subject to incoming customs examination. I know that items to the USA are usually delivered overnight by airmail from Manchester to the mail centre at JFK airport, but then delays by US Customs and the US Postal Service can cause delivery to be up to 10 days to two weeks later, sometimes even longer to the West Coast.
I don't recommend using a tracked postal service because it is expensive and usually not necessary. I have posted a lot of these packages over the years and problems with the standard service are extremely rare, although customs delays can make delivery longer than one would expect. I insure the shipment myself so you don't need to worry about it getting lost in the post. However, if you want a tracked service, please inquire. NB: I cannot currently deliver to the Russian Federation Delivery in the Russian Federation can be very slow. The last time I used ordinary airmail to Moscow the 2,027 miles journey took 47 days, which is 1,128 hours and works out at 1.8 mph - I can walk faster than that! The customer was not very happy, but there is nothing I can do about the Russian customs and post. So I wanted postage to the Russian Federation to use a tracked service, so that at least we could both see where it was and I don't get the blame, but Royal Mail no longer offers a fully tracked service to the Russian Federation and other carriers charge £32 and upwards for a tracked delivery, which I think is out of the question. So at the moment I can't deliver to the Russian Federation, sorry..
You can pay securely on line by PayPal using your credit or debit card, even if you don't have a PayPal account. I can take payment in any currency, dollars, yen, whatever you like, PayPal handles the currency conversion. Just simply follow the instructions and you will be charged in your preferred currency. You can also pay by cheque in £GBP Pounds Sterling drawn on a UK bank. If you want to pay by cheque, just let me know and I will send you an order form.
Please don't forget to add the postage and packing / packaging and shipping (p&p)!
G10 straps in stock
Although I don't try to carry leather NATO G10 straps in stock, sometimes I end up with some anyway. This can be for a variety of reasons, sometimes by mistake I ask the workshop to make the wrong thing, sometimes a customer tries a strap and then returns it for an exchange.
The items below are NATO G10 straps that I have in stock. They are all new, and are not faulty or seconds; I don't sell those, they go straight in the bin. They are all standard length, except for those with a figure in the length column. If the remarks say "slight mark" it means there is a small mark where the strap has been tried with a watch and the watch has left a mark in the strap. When another watch is put on to the strap, this mark will be completely covered by the watch and will not be visible, and it will soon disappear as the new watch makes its own mark.
|4||18mm||black||Mark II||standard||standard||white stitching|
|7||18mm||military tan||Mark II||standard||standard||sold|
|9||18mm||military tan||Mark II||ZULU||standard||sold|
Ordering stock G10s
I have discounted the prices of these stock straps by about 20% so any strap with standard hardware is £20, any strap with ZULU hardware is £22.50, plus p&p to your region.
The ordering process for these straps is slightly different than for ordering a custom made strap. There are only two options, the hardware is either standard or ZULU. Please just choose the appropriate buttons below to order the strap you want by selecting its item number from the drop down list and then postage and packing.
Please note that postage and packing is not included in the price of the straps.
|Leather NATO G10
Stock item £20.00
|Leather NATO G10
Stock item £22.50
Postage and Packing / Packing and Shipping:
Please add one lot for your region to the shopping cart, this covers as many straps as you order.
If you want a tracked service I don't recommend using a tracked postal service because it is expensive and usually not necessary. I have posted a lot of these packages over the years and problems with the standard service are extremely rare, although customs delays can make delivery longer than one would expect. I insure the shipment myself so you don't need to worry about it getting lost. after reading this pop up I don't recommend using a tracked postal service because it is expensive and usually not necessary. I have posted a lot of these packages over the years and problems with the standard service are extremely rare, although customs delays can make delivery longer than one would expect. I insure the shipment myself so you don't need to worry about it getting lost. , then please inquire.
Outside Europe Everywhere outside Europe except Russian Federation, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore
Australasia Australia, New Zealand, Singapore