What is Nato Watch Strap?

Nato watch strap is a single, continuous piece of leather material. Unlike traditional watch straps that install directly to the lugs on the watch case, the Nato strap threads through the lugs, under the watch case, and then folds back on itself. This special design ensures that even if one of the lugs were to fail, the watch would remain securely attached to the strap.
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The strap is fastened using a buckle closure, which allows for easy adjustment and ensures a comfortable fit on your wrist. The length of the strap is intentionally left long, giving you the option to fold it back on itself. This folding creates an additional layer of security, preventing the strap from accidentally slipping off your wrist.

Development of Nato Watch Strap

NATO, in relation to watch straps, is an acronym for NSN, or NATO Stocking Number. This term refers to the system utilized by the NATO alliance to document and categorize various goods, including watch straps. The use of the term NATO in the context of watch straps signifies that the strap adheres to the specifications and standards set by the NATO alliance.

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We all know that the Nato strap was first introduction by the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 1973. Nicknamed the G-10, British Special Forces were required to fill out a G-1098 form before being issued the strap. However, in 1908, E.J. Pearson and Sons unveiled this strap, named after the iconic Victor. Measuring an impressive 205mm in length and 9mm in width, it became an symbol of elegance and precision. 

During the years 1948-1953, military personnel, potentially at the unit level, made alterations to single pull through straps, resulting in the development of the Nato straps. Therefore, although the Nato watch strap itself is not officially branded by NATO, it holds significant importance as it was utilized by military forces belonging to a NATO member nation.

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In the late of 20th century, the Nato watch strap had a transformation from its military origins to a trendy fashion accessory. The change in awareness of the Nato strap began as watch enthusiasts sought to personalize their watches and differentiate themselves from the crowd. The strap’s practicality and durability, which were initially designed to withstand military conditions, became attractive qualities for daily use. The Nato strap’s popularity among watch enthusiasts grew rapidly as they realized its potential to enhance the aesthetics of their watch.

Even in the present day, the Nato watch strap remains an indispensable accessory within the watch enthusiasts community. Whether one prefers the classic and durable nylon strap or desires the luxurious touch of a leather material, the NATO strap continues to offer a versatile and stylish solution that meet to the diverse demands of watch fans.


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How To Wear NATO Watch Strap?

Step 1: Remove your current watch strap

Starting with removing your current strap. Then, lay the Nato strap flat on a surface with the buckle facing down

Step 2: Install strap to your watch

Slide one end of the NATO strap through the top lug of the watch, from the back towards the front. Pull the strap through until there is enough length to comfortably wrap around your wrist.

Step 3: Creat first loop

Thread the loose end of the strap through the first metal buckle, creating a loop. Ensure that the strap is not twisted and lies flat against your wrist.

Step 4: Form the second loop

Pass the loose end of the strap through the second metal buckle, creating a second loop.

Step 5: Fasten the strap

Pull the loose end of the strap through the second loop, gradually tightening it until it feels snug on your wrist.

Step 6: Adjust and secure the strap

Once both ends of the strap are threaded through the buckles, adjust the length to your desired fit by pulling the strap through the loops. Fasten the strap by threading the loose end through the buckle, securing it in place. Double-check that it is securely fastened to avoid any accidental slips.


Whether you’re dressing up for a formal occasion or going for a more casual look, the nato watch strap is a fantastic accessory that effortlessly elevates your overall appearance. Experiment with different colors and patterns to truly make a statement.

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