1 piece straps : what are the differences between all the models ?

 

1 piece straps are very practical as we can change them very quickly and easily. Less than a minute and your watch has a new style. You will always find the right strap to fit with your mood, your clothes or your activity, and you will install it on your watch in record time !

There are several models, each one has its own characteristics, its assets and its drawbacks. As you often say : hard to choose ! We are trying here to guide your choice by explaining the differences between these models.

For a global view, here are 2 photos, full-face and from the side.

Sizes are here.

Let us go now into the details of each strap.

 
 
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NATO straps

 

Nylon/Leather band, buckle and loops assembly mode : original NATO straps (in picture here) are heat-welded, in compliance with the British Minister Of Defense requirements, whereas prestige NATO straps are stitched

2 nylon thicknesses under the watch


Buckle is positioned outwards the wrist and cannot be centered under it (it is due to military specifications  in order not to hit weapons)

Esprit NATO view : The NATO strap is a must have, very universal and reliable, its assets have been well proven !

The difference between "original" and "prestige" NATO straps is an aesthetical and usage matter rather than a reliability or a comfort one :

- The original strap will be more sports style and will fit more with extreme activities, as the heat-welded sticking is very strong
- The prestige strap will be more classy with its seams and its elegant nylon

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U.S. Military straps

Nylon band, buckle and loops assembly mode : stitched

1 nylon thickness under the watch

Buckle can be centered under the wrist as the watch can be positioned anywhere on the nylon band (only one band of nylon and no hardware on each side of the watch, different from NATO straps)

Same nylon than the Prestige NATO straps, but 2 cm less in length

Esprit NATO view : The US Military strap is very elegant with his "prestige" nylon and his nylon loop. Sober, discreet, refined and comfortable ... a case of love at first sight !  :-)

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ZULU straps

 

Nylon band, buckle and loops assembly mode : stitched

1 nylon thickness under the watch

 

Buckle can be centered under the wrist as the watch can be positioned anywhere on the nylon band (only one band of nylon and no hardware on each side of the watch, different from NATO straps)

Esprit NATO view : The ZULU stitch is different, thicker and has a stronger aspect. Sobriety and simplicity with its unique band of nylon. Its massive buckles and loops suit very well to sports watches, but I have seen beautiful matches of  ZULU with classical watches... Dare to do it :-)

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NATO ZULU straps

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Nylon/Leather band, buckle and loops assembly mode : stitched

2 nylon thicknesses under the watch

Buckle is positioned outwards the wrist and cannot be centered under it  (same configuration as for NATO straps)

Esprit NATO view : Same stitch than the ZULU. NATO ZULU is 100% sports and extreme activities oriented. Install it on the good watch and you will get an electroshock !

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2 pieces straps (NATO or ZULU)

These straps are derivatives of NATO and ZULU straps, that is why they appear on this topic, even though they are not 1 piece straps.

Nylon band, buckle and loops assembly mode : stitched

Watch sticked on the wrist, traditional style

Esprit NATO view : Developed to adopt NATO or ZULU style while wearing the watch right on the wrist.

Double interest : to keep connected watches and activity trackers captors operational, and to discreetly slide the watch under the shirt ;-)