These days, “NATO strap” is a catch-all term for any sort of nylon or fabric watch strap. In reality, it’s a little more complex. The use of the term NATO is something of a misappropriation that arose because the ‘original’ fabric strap (20mm, nylon, chrome-plated hardware, in admiralty grey) could be requested using a form relating to its NATO stock number. Hence, the catch-all NATO term was born.* Ken Kessler goes into great detail on all this backstory, as well as the more recent chapters in the NATO strap narrative, in this* Revolution piece. And as a NATO strap (of many stripes) is my default strap (heck, we even sell them), I found it a fascinating read, and hopefully you will too.* Read the whole story over at*Revolution.

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