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The Ultimate Guide to NATO Watch Straps

The Ultimate Guide to NATO Watch Straps

The Ultimate Guide to NATO Watch Straps

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Welcome to the ultimate guide to NATO watch straps. Whether you're a seasoned watch enthusiast or a newcomer to the world of horology, this guide will provide you with everything you need to know about NATO watch straps. From their history and design to their benefits and how to wear them, we've got you covered.

History of NATO Watch Straps

The NATO watch strap, contrary to popular belief, does not directly derive its name from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Instead, it's named after the NATO Stocking Number (NSN) used by the British Ministry of Defence to categorize equipment. The original "G10" strap, as it was known, was first issued to British soldiers in 1973. Over time, these straps became popularly known as NATO straps due to their NSN.

Design and Materials

NATO straps are characterized by their single-piece construction. Unlike traditional two-piece watch straps, a NATO strap threads through the watch's lug bars and under the case, providing an extra layer of security. If one spring bar fails, the watch will still be attached to the wrist by the other.

NATO straps are traditionally made from nylon due to its durability, comfort, and resistance to water and sweat. However, they are also available in a variety of other materials, including leather and stainless steel.

Benefits of NATO Straps

Versatility: NATO straps come in a wide range of colors, patterns, and materials, making them highly versatile. You can easily switch out your strap to match your outfit or mood.

Security: The design of the NATO strap means your watch is secure, even if one of the spring bars fails.

Comfort: NATO straps are lightweight and breathable, making them comfortable for everyday wear.

Durability: Made to withstand the rigors of military use, NATO straps are incredibly durable.

How to Wear a NATO Strap

  1. Remove the existing strap: Use a spring bar tool to remove the spring bars and the existing strap from your watch.

  2. Attach the spring bars: Reinsert the spring bars into the lugs of your watch.

  3. Thread the NATO strap: Take your NATO strap and thread it from top to bottom through the spring bars.

  4. Secure the strap: Pull the strap through the metal loops on the other end to secure it. The excess strap can be folded back into the keepers.


NATO straps are a fantastic accessory for any watch enthusiast. They offer a perfect blend of style, comfort, and security. Whether you're dressing up for a special occasion or gearing up for an outdoor adventure, there's a NATO strap that's perfect for the job. Explore our wide range of NATO straps at and find your perfect match today!