Whether or not you know exactly what a NATO strap is, chances are you’ve definitely seen one.  It can be found on just about any watch, from Seiko Fives to SevenFridays to Rolex Submariners. 

The origins of the NATO straps can be traced back to the World War era where they were commonly found strapped onto the wrists of soldiers and pilots alike. The double-loop system made watches harder to slip off, giving soldiers added assurance. The NATO strap should not be confused with its cousin, the ZULU strap. The difference between a NATO strap and a ZULU strap is the absence of the double-loop system that isn’t found on the ZULU strap and the strap thickness. ZULU straps are generally thicker compared to NATO straps. 

Fast-forward to the present day and you will find that we are living in the Golden Age of watchstraps.  Images of straps continue to proliferate the Internet and various image-sharing platforms such as Flickr, Tumblr or Instagram even as you are reading this article. Riding on this wave is the resurgence of NATO straps.

What makes the NATO strap so popular these days is due to its versatility, comfort on the wrist, relative ease to remove, choice of strap material and the myriad of colours available. Imagine a ballistic grade nylon NATO in navy, a weathered nubuck NATO in tan or an ostrich leather NATO in purple. The possible combinations are endless; making NATO straps a great expression of individualism.

Red Army Watches is proud to present its new range of NATO straps, now available at all Red Army Watches (Wisma Atria, Millenia Walk and ATRIX) and Krasnaya (ION Orchard) boutiques. Available in solid colours, regimental stripes, monogram or camouflage, there’s bound to be one that you’ll fall in love with. Prices range from S$15 to S$24.