I’ve tried several “Nato copy cat” type watch bands, some that look better and appear stronger but have been largely disappointed. I was using one of these copy cat bands while surfing, and it kept coming unraveled in the water. This is not a comfortable feeling when wearing my twelve-year old Rolex Sub that’s been with me since my first Middle East deployment with SEAL Team 3.
I’ve become a big fan of the Nato strap, and are currently working with Jason at NatoStrap.com to develop a customer Red Circle Foundation strap. If you’re looking for an affordable strap alternative that will secure your watch/investment then I’d recommend the Nato band as a consideration.