I've found it's sort of a two edged sword. The only strap failures I've ever HAD were with NATO straps, as a spring bar fails when you pull the strap too tight on your wrist, putting more strain on the bar than a regular strap does.
I still like them and use them, but not for the reason you show. They caused the failure that made the watch fall in the first place....at least that's been MY experience with them to date.
That's why I put the stainless steel diver's bracelet on my big PK Submariner.
Posts: 3827 | Location: Estill Springs, Tennessee, USA | Registered: December 02, 2002
Spring bars do fail and having a continuous strap gives you redundancy in case one does! How bad would it be if you ever lost your prize wristwatch ....bracelet and all? This has been bothering me for a while and I think it's time to get myself a black 20mm nato strap for my Speedmaster! After 8 years the bracelet is getting a little beat up anyway.
Posts: 1568 | Location: San Francisco, California USA | Registered: September 01, 2008
My favorite NATO strap for my daily Omega is the gray/black. Olive green also looks nice. I prefer the smaller polished stainless hardware and not the big matte black or stainless. This has been a great watch since new in 2010. I usually carry a pocket watch too, the watch geek that I am!