In a world where high-end watches sit on gold and platinum bands, you might think it’s odd to put a nylon strap on a multi-thousand dollar watch. But the NATO strap has a rich history behind it that makes it suitable for modest and extravagant pieces alike.
The NATO strap actually has nothing to do with the defense group of the same name. Instead, it came from a shortened form of the term “NATO stocking number (NSN)” but was also known as the G10, after the form that soldiers had to fill out in order to receive one from requisitions in the British Ministry of Defense. This strap made its official debut in 1973, but its popularity has grown in recent years.
The band’s design revolved around durability and function. The way the strap passes over the spring bars and under the watch means that if one spring bar breaks, the other one is still holding it to the wrist. With two-piece bands, one faulty spring bar means that the entire watch falls from the hand.
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