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Military Watch Band Types

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There’s no doubt that military watches are better alternatives to traditional watches, but with time, even they can become boring. If you want to change or improve their look or make them more suitable to an attire or event, you can replace it with another band or bracelet. Essentially, there are two types of military straps, but there are others as well. Let’s take a look at the two main types of military watch bands.

NATO Strap
The NATO strap was invented for soldiers of the British Army in the 1970s and was originally known as the ‘G10’. If you look back, this form of strap actually dates back to the Second World War. Within a short period of time, this strap became popular across the military and eventually it came under the attention of the general public as well.

This is because the NATO strap has many beneficial features. After the end of the Cold War, this type of strap was sold in military shops all over the country. Mostly made of nylon or leather, a NATO strap consists of a single piece that can easily be woven below the spring bars. As a result, it’s not time-consuming and you can remove or apply it very quickly. Furthermore, they have squared-off, round rings and buckles and the straps are thin. This makes them ideal for small tactical watches.

A NATO band also has a watch keeper strap that will make sure that the watch does not fall off your wrist if one of the spring bars breaks. Hence, these types of straps are suitable for any kind of situation.

Inspired by the NATO strap, Zulu straps were trademarked by the watch manufacturer Maratac. It can be observed that there’s not much difference between NATO straps and Zulu straps; the major difference is the thickness of the strap itself. A Zulu strap is thicker and often suited for large tactical watches. They are also made of leather or nylon.

The thicker strap makes Zulu bands more durable and stronger than NATO bands; therefore, they also have more rounded and larger rings and buckles. Unlike NATO straps, Zulu straps have watch keeper bands that are optional. Additionally, watch keeper bands are available 3 and 5-ring configurations.

When you are looking to buy a strap for your military watch, it all comes down to your own preferences; a Zulu band is ideal for rugged environments because it doesn’t break easily. On the other hand, NATO bands are agile, comfortable, and faster to wear and remove.