The quality is excellent, but the length of the strap is not. I have a 7.85 inch wrist, which is not extraordinarily large. Even so I don’t have enough strap left to slide the strap back in the keeper. Now the end of the strap sticks out a little which doesn’t look good. I have also tried the loop method so that the buckle is centered on the insiders of my wrist but the the keeper gets in the way. No more Blushark straps for me I’m afraid.
Very well made. Exactly what I was looking for.
The 1.4mm Blusharks are the only way to roll, I Fs w/ em heavy.
Amazing quality strap with a classic look.
Great strap, works excellent with my modded SKX007J. Have purchased two more Blue Shark straps since. Keep up the good work.
Awesome strap... looks great with my modded Seiko SKX007. Will definitely be buying a third strap.
Strong and sturdy while being very comfortable. Purchased a lot of nato style straps before and had many issues with too thin of material that cant even support a watch and too sharp of burnt edges. This strap is exceptional and if/ when I need a new one I will def buy another. Or one for a different watch.
Excellent quality strap. I highly recommend it. Thanks Blueshark team!
Black Alfa Shark 18mm took the place of a rotting half canvass and leather band on my citizen echo drive military style after about 6 yrs of use. Sharp look and there is no doubt this Alfa Shark will last even longer since it can handle getting wet! Great for the rough First Responder use!!
Good fit for my Filson/Shinola 43mm watch.
I purchased this band because I heard the cheaper bands would fray, and I didn’t want to have to deal with that. I drive a truck and don’t do any work with this band on, but it is fraying just like the cheaper ones. Maybe this happens to all bands, but have had less than a month before it started fraying. Love this company, they seem to really care about its customers.
Always consistently very high quality, don’t be afraid to splurge for the nicest ones either, you won’t be disappointed. Very high quality, super durable, great strap.
Great bands I put them on all my watches. Top notch quality and they fig my wrist perfectly
Looks good. Very easy to trim to required length. Very pleased with it. Good communication. Answered my question about delivery to the UK.
Added this strap to my Seiko mod to complete the stealth look I wanted. Ordered with the PVD black hardware and it looks exactly how I wanted it to look. Well done!!
For many years I bought the cheap Nato straps thinking there couldn't be much difference between a 13.00 Nato and a 30.00 Nato.. Boy was I mistaken! I will never ever think twice about spending 30-40$ on a Alpha Shark Nato strap, Alpha Shark you now have a forever customer!
I always liked NATO straps, but the quality of these straps is phenomenal !
The most comfortable strap I have owned (and I’ve been collecting watches for 25 years). Inherited this Roamer from my father and it’s the perfect compliment.
Your straps feel great and look great. Unfortunately, they are too short to be able to tuck the end in correctly. If you could fix that, then they would be perfect. As is, I'm not using them.
This band makes any watch look cool
I love the color, comfortable fit and finish of the hardware. I would highly recommend these bands if you're looking for something comfortable and durable.
Great bands. Throttle back on the email blasts, though.
As always, better than expected! Very pleased with this strap. Craftsmanship and quality materials never disappoints with Blue Shark. Just the right amount of shine and sheen on this strap. Would love to see Blue Shark carry over more of their higher end straps in the 18mm size.
Great looking and comfortable. The hardware looks durable and is smooth. This will be my everyday wear strap for awhile. no signs of fraying. Like with other thicker NATOs, I use curved spring bars, as my Mark 40 has minimal case clearance. I do wish that the buckle frame was a solid piece (like on the Premier I received), not attached with a spring bar, not a big deal.
Nice new look of my watch.
Perfect match for vintage Tag diver. Pvd hardware gives the strap a monochrome look.
Well made, top quality strap...
Purchased 3 straps for my new Orient Ray Raven II.
This is a fantastic nato strap. The nylon feels like silk, and the metal components feel incredibly sturdy. I'll be ordering all my nato straps from BluShark.
Great straps. Dressed up the troops nicely!!
I was never a nato strap guy but these have changed my mind. They feel nice and are built with quality materials. They look cool and aren’t cheap by any means.
Great quality strap. I will definitely be purchasing more!
It's hard to tell, but that's Neil Armstrong's Omega Speedmaster in the background display case at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.
1 wish.... that there were more sizing options for the buckle. Of course my wrist is the perfect in-between size where the watch is either too loose or too tight. I need to burn a new sizing hole in the strap to accommodate my wrist size now. Seems like the rectangle sizing holes are giant and spread far out - hard to find that in-between size.
The quality is great. Nice hardware and everything is smooth. I agree w/ some other reviewers on the fit, though. The holes are too far apart. I'm between two, so it's either too tight or too loose. I have nato's from other brands that are much closer together and much easier to size properly.
Black on black is the bomb.
L'Alpha Shark nero è un'ottima (e non semplice) alternativa al cinturino originale in gomma per il mio Orient Pro Saturation. Le dimensioni generose dell'orologio richiedono un cinturino adeguato. Ho provato diversi NATO che però non mi hanno soddisfatto: troppo leggeri e poco robusti per sopportare il peso dell'orologio. L'Alpha Shark è robusto e allo stesso tempo morbido e flessibile. Bellissimo!
Love the feel of this strap. Flexible but not at all flimsy. Makes my Seiko 5 feel like a far more expensive piece. Would highly recommend this NATO
I just received an alpha shark NATO today and it is easily the best NATO I've seen. I already have a lot of NATO straps for past and present watches (Panerai and IWC mainly) and this is the best Ive seen. I was so impressed, when I saw it I wanted to write a review.
My 3rd NATO from BluShark. Great quality and comfort at an affordable price.
I've used these bands for the past several years. The quality is superior to the most, if not all nylon watch bands currently on the market. I would highly recommend them to anyone in the market for a "NATO" style watch band.
Great product, great shopping experience, serve!
I love these all black alphashark. This one is really effective with my Damasko.
my modification is not yet complete but the black nato made it stunning...
KENNETH LEMUEL T.
my skx007 became priceless...
Honest review for the AlphaShark - shown far left (18mm), the one in the middle is the original blushark (20mm), and the one on the far right is a non-blushark "other" 18mm NATO. ***The biggest problem with the AlphaShark is that the holes are spaced too wide.*** This does not provide the usual adjustable one-size-fits-all usability of a NATO strap. So for me, my watch on the AlphaShark is either painfully unbearably too tight, or JUST loose enough to bounce around my wrist, and I can't stand a watch slipping down over the ulna head into my wrist joint and jamming my wrist up while in action. So for me, it's a total fail on that alone. I can't wear it, because it doesn't keep my watch on my wrist where I need it. Yes, I wet it, wore it for about a week regularly on the "too tight" hole hoping it would loosen up but it's just not right. The holes are spaced too far apart and maybe your experience will be different if you have a different size wrist. You can plainly see the significant difference in the hole spacing in the photo. The nylon of the AlphaShark is nice but this hole spacing makes it unwearable for me. Also, I ordered a couple 20 mm original blushark, the Vintage bond is perfect but the all black is ever so slightly wider than 20mm, making it difficult to do strap changes, and even threading the strap through the buckle the nylon is noticeably out of Tolerance too wide.
Great strap!looks and works great on my favorite watch,over my Rolex and Seiko.....old black Timex. Can tell by qualities they will take a lickin and keep on ticking.
Great strap!! Joe and Blue Shark really do a fine Job.
Picked up this one with Black PVD hardware for a "Sort Of Black" Triva Chrono, incredible look. These straps are incredibly comfortable on the wrist. No issues with Blu Shark straps.
Extremely soft, comfortable, and well made strap. Looks awesome on my Deep Blue Juggernaut IV . Can't wait to order more for it!!
It's great to change the look and feel of my watch. Thanks Joe for great straps #addicted to NATO
Great quality product, definitely worth the price
Just received it on weekend. The strap is shinny and soft, it is better than my car’s seat belt... Would love to buy again in different sizes for my watch collection
Sturdy out of the box but requires no break-in. One of the few companies to offer PVD hardware and have it be true matte black (most places it's either not actually black or dark brushed metal). Will definitely buy again.
I’ve only worn this strap for a week and the level of fraying is terrible; especially around the holes for the buckle. For the price I was expecting a MUCH a better quality strap. I hope the quality improves in the future.
The strap was too short and my emails have gone unanswered. How do you stay in business ?
Sent email that went unanswered telling them the last 2 straps purchased were too short. How do you stay in business ?
Very good strap looks awsome and. Very comfortable
Love my new Blu Shark! NATO Black on Black... The classic. On My Seiko SKX 007J with ceramic bezel and Sapphire.
BluShark AlphaShark on my new Armourlite Officers model - this watch is a brick, case made out of solid stainless steel, watch weighs 5-6 ounces WITHOUT the strap. The AlphaShark is soft, comfortable, and thin, but supports the weight of the watch without collapsing at the lugs / pins.
Smoothest fabric with quality hardware complements my Glycine Airman Chronograph.
John Thomas III V.
The black color makes my Squale blue dial stand out. Nylon material is smooth and non-irritating. Very satisfied user here. Thank you, Blushark!
The Black NATO band arrived in my mailbox with in a week. The black nylon material was thicker and more substantial than lower quality straps. The brushed stainless hardware is the best I have seen and well worth the premium over other brands. Have been wearing daily for 3 weeks with very little fraying. I recommend.
Well pleased with my purchase. Thanks.
I love the quality and feel of all of the straps I've received from BluShark, the only slight let down was that on my most recent all black alpha shark the buckle was not as shown and also different the the Bond alpha shark I purchased, it's the same buckle that was on the Orca that I ordered, now, it's still a great heavy duty buckle but I do prefer the one as shown in the picture because it's not as wide on the sides, so the inconsistent buckel was a little bit of a let down but I am still a happy customer and will be purchasing more in the future, I just hope that issue could be solved, but again, great product.
First, I love the fact that BluShark is a Veteran Owned Business as I'm a Veteran as well. Also, I've bought some NATO straps from various other places (that are well regarded), and not any of them come close to the quality, beauty and comfort of the AlphaShark straps. Will definitely buy more!
This nato is the highest quality nato I've ever experienced, this looks awsome on my Maraton Gsar, my only thing is I have 8 1/2 inch wrists and wish for a longer strap.
If you live in UK you will be stung with Customs charges, make sure you get a good discount code before buying
Unfortunately the strap (black 22mm) was frayed at the end and around each of the buckle pin holes, and has been getting worse with wear. I purchased another two straps at the same time however have not seen them yet as I have been away with work.
It's a little stiff. Hopefully it will break in after wearing it for a while. I like it, but I prefer the alpha shark slim NATO.
Strong yet soft and flexible. Confortable to wear and looks great on my black Victorinox Swiss Army watch.
Great strap, soft and great quality.
Really nice quality, great hardware. Very happy with this one. Looks great on my Oris 65
Quality of the nato is definitely there. It doesn’t feel cheap at all. Pretty stiff and sturdy. It’ll probably soften up with wear and time. Customer service was also superb. Replies were quick. Thank you.
Today's Wrist Check: Invicta 8926 Mako Pro Diver....Its a Homage to The Rolex Submariner and for the value, you get a hellava timepiece...Paired with A Black AlphaShark Nato, I can't go wrong!...It elevates the most basic watch to something elegant, functional and stylish.
A very high quality nylon weave (seatbelt), heavy duty buckle and hardware, very comfortable, no issues with the 'added height' to the watch strap (that is a myth actually, once you wear it the supposed height is 'absorbed' by the fleshiness of the wrist). These have become my go to NATO straps and I am not going back to the cheap nato's ever !!
The AlphaShark black strap is exquisite and stylish. Can be worn with a formal attire as well as outdoors. The only compaint that I have is that the strap is a little rugged on the edges, which makes it hard to install.
Getting a nice nato strap is pretty hard here in Germany, so I looked abroad and found BluShark. The Feel and quality of the strap is very good and I will definitely buy more straps at BluShark. The deliyery to Germany was pretty quick as well.
Strap quality is excellent, but the kicker for me was being able to get it with PVD hardware. I wanted a "tactical" look and Blushark were able to provide that. Highly Recommended.
This is a review 1 month after receiving Alpha Straps. I only gave 3 stars because quality/price ratio is not as good as Original Natos from BluShark. Although Alphas are really good quality, they also are thick, quite stiff and feels more like a leather strap on wrist. Major flaw on 2 of 3 I have is fraying, and that is just from tucking in the excess strap end. I wear these straps at my desk, for other activities I use silicone nato. Fraying after 1 week of wear at most is not a good sign. So, I would rather buy 2 Original Nato straps for 32$ and receive third for free, because they are thin, yet dense and elastic, and there is no sign of them being prone to fraying. Also the Navy Alpha is noticeably softer than Black and Bond, maybe different batch. If you read this review, I would recommend you rather buy Slim Alpha or several Original Natos.
Honest review. I'm not pleased. I was expecting better. for the price one would expect a better product.
Okay the black Alpha is an incredibly durable NATO absolutely so, that after a month of continual wear and showered in has no threads showing, no fraying, that is an absolute first for every other strap. It does have two areas I think for me are minor issues. 1) the material is somewhat stiff, now that is not a real issue except when folding back the 'tongue or tab' under the bar, it is almost too stiff takes some doing. Now associated with that is the seocnd issue, there is barely any room to slide it under 1 extra mm would suffice. Add to that having a 7.5 inch wrist this strap only has about 10mm to turn back and this has been a challenege. Would I change anything, not at all maybe an extra 10mm in length this is a superb strap, one that has exceeded expectations only one other company for my mind is worth having for an alternate style. The quality of craftmanship and service are excellent, price is steep given I am in Australia, but it has increased the look of the cheap watch it went on (my stealth EDC knock about TIMEX), and will last several years in my estimation giving it a great ROI. Blushark Alpha leads the pack! One happy customer, one great company, and a truly brilliant strap.
I bought 3 Alpha straps in different colors: Black, Navy and Bond, so I will leave one review for all of them. My first impression is that these are really premium nato straps that can be used to dress up your watch, but for me personally not for everyday wearing. Don't get me wrong, material is really soft, sturdy and has that seatbelt feeling to it. But starps are also thick, which makes the watch stand up high from the wrist. and it can be problematic to fold and tuck in the end of the strap. Also, distance between holes could be like on Original Nato, because for me perfect fit is right in the middle of holes. This is a strap for a lifetime, and it can make any watch look great.
There are many excellent nylon straps out there, I have tried and tested several of them. But this one goes the extra mile ...
Nicest NATOs I have owned. Super soft, beautiful premium hardware, great attention to detail, what's not to like? I have an 8.25" wrist and it's difficult to find a NATO that has all of these qualities AND fits right. These fit the bill perfectly.....I'm on the 3rd from last hole and have the correct amount of tail for the keepers. I have several other high end NATOs and none check all the boxes like these do.
This is the best NATO band I have ever owned! Perfect material for getting wet. Strong hardware. Very happy.
This NATO style watchband has more comfort and style than anything else I've see and tried on in the market. It truly is two step above and beyond what's offered and what I expected. So happy I got the buy 2 get 1 free deal. That made it even more sweeter on the wallet. Thanks again.
The nicest and most comfortable NATO strap I have --and I have a lot of them.
Very high quality strap and hardware. Customer service was next level! Highly recommend!!
I am verry impressed with the quality and craftsmanship of this strap.