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Bremont presents "Hambledon" leather NATO straps.

A collage of the new Hambledon NATO straps and the Codebreaker strap that inspired it.

While collectors have been putting on private label NATO straps for years, 2014 is the year NATO straps have gone more mainstream with watch companies themselves offering more and more of their own O.E.M. versions. While Bremont is long known for its signature nylon NATO straps, this year they have come out with a more upscale leather NATO called "Hambledon" that is compatible with their entire 43mm case collection.

Why did they decide to call it Hambledon NATO? U.S. Brand Director Mike Pearson explains: "The name is a continuation from naming the rubber strap [Temple Island] after a local monument within the town where Bremont is made. Hambledon is a Village on the outskirts of Henley. The place is old, beautiful, full of character, and a true gem in the English countryside. It represents the vintage 'feeling' that is reflected in the style of this strap."

The straps are very similar to the leather NATO that came with the limited edition Codebreaker. While the hardware is identical, the biggest difference is the texture of the leather. The Codebreaker strap is soft and suede-like, while the Hambledon NATO is a harder and smooth. Unlike Bremont's fabric NATO straps, the Hambledon NATO straps use the same tang style clasps as their leather straps.

As soon as it came in a few weeks ago, I put the strap on my MB2. My wrist is exactly 7 inches and this had me using the fifth to the last hole. What's nice about the style is the way excess strap length gets folded back over and tucked away. Without punching extra holes, the strap should work well on someone with a wrist as small as 6 1/2 inches or a little over 8 inches.

Hambledon NATO comes with the Bremont tang buckle and is $185 dollars. Below are photos of some of the watches and straps that we thought looked great together.

A side view of the The Hambledon NATO on an MB2. The configuration of the hardware allows the additional length to be tucked back in an attractive way.

The Codebreaker NATO (above) is softer and more suede-like than the Hambledon NATO strap.

An Alt1-C on a black Hambledon leather NATO strap.

An Alt1-C on brown leather Hambledon NATO.

An MB2 on the black leather Hambledon NATO.

The Alt1-B on a black Hambledon NATO featuring black hardware.

The three variations of leather NATO straps: brown, black with black hardware, and black with steel colored hardware.

A look at the holes of the three variations of Bremont's leather NATO straps.

A Close Look at the Codebreaker NATO

Another view of the more suede-like Codebreaker NATO.

The suede-like Codebreaker NATO showing the signature prop from their logo.

The back of the Codebreaker NATO.

Clasped Codebreaker NATO

Cream Alt1-C on Brown

Another view of the Alt1-C Creme on the new brown Hambledon NATO.

Another view of the Alt1-C Creme on the new brown Hambledon NATO.

Another view of the Alt1-C Creme on the new brown Hambledon NATO.

Another view of the Alt1-C Creme on the new brown Hambledon NATO.

MB2 on Black

Another view of an MB2 on the black leather Hambledon NATO.

The Topper Blog consists mainly of original writing by Rob & Russ Caplan with occasional special contributions and interviews. All photography in the blog is taken at Topper Fine Jewelers , or on location unless otherwise indicated in the photo captions.