For a cool look that will also keep you cool and sweat-free during the summer, swap out your usual watch band for a nylon strap. The versatility and durability of nylon straps make them the perfect everyday accessory, while the extremely breathable (and washable) material sits lightly on the wrist providing the ultimate comfort in a watch during the hot summer months.
Using a single-piece construction, rather than two separate pieces, a nylon strap is threaded through the watch's spring bars. Whereas switching out your watch strap is normally a time-consuming process, nylon straps are easily interchangeable in a matter of seconds.
Nylon watch straps are often referred to as "NATO", a design first developed for the British military in 1973 by the British Ministry of Defence (MoD). You'll also hear NATO straps called "G10", after the form soldiers were required to fill out to get one. The original MoD-issued straps were nylon and only produced in "Admiralty Grey", the classic black and grey stripe, and then later customized to the different colors of each regiment. Created as a functional and hardwearing alternative to the leather and metal straps available at the time, nylon straps were the original all-terrain, wet-dry watch straps.
Nylon watch bands have also become popular by those James Bond sported on multiple occasions, as seen on Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Daniel Craig in Spectre. However, the nylon watch strap worn by Sean Connery was not an actual "NATO" strap, as the style wasn't commissioned until almost a decade after the movie was filmed.
Today there are several style variations and color options of nylon watch bands available to complement any casual, rugged, or polished look. Whether a true NATO style or not, the comfortable, lightweight material of a nylon strap is ideal for withstanding the summer heat.
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