A proper strap is an essential companion to any watch, and switching it out is an easy way to experiment with a whole new style. A broad and diverse strap collection can greatly extend the number of combinations available to you. That’s why most of the Vostok Europe models come with different strap options.
The most notable feature of a NATO strap is its single-piece structure. Almost every other type of strap consist of two separate pieces, and can only be applied by removing both of the spring bars that attach to the watch. Switching out straps is normally a time consuming process, but NATO straps are simply woven underneath the spring bars, so they can be removed or applied in a matter of seconds.
Originally developed for British Army soldiers in the 1970s, the NATO strap originally debuted under the name “G10”. Similar styles can be traced back to World War II, but this was the first appearance of the strap under its contemporary title.
It quickly grew in popularity throughout the military, and over time, the general public began to appreciate the strap. When the Cold War ended, G10 straps were sold in military surplus shops especially in the USA, and they were all stamped with a unique NATO Surplus Number.
Surplus stores sold out quickly, but watch strap retailers sprung up to take advantage of the surge in popularity. The veritable storm of NATO straps never quite ended, and they are sure to remain popular and practical.
Typically bracelets are made of metal ranging from basic steel to precious metals like gold, platinum, silver and rhodium. Metal bracelets can be found on just about every style of watch at price points from a few euros to hundreds of thousands of euros. They can be embellished with precious gems such as diamonds and often feature different types of clasps and closures hallmarked with the brand logo or icon. One big benefit of a metal bracelet is that it usually uses the link system which allows it to be resized for any wrist.
The range in quality is vast when it comes to leather straps. From the inexpensive imitating leathers to the high priced exotics, finding a strap that appeals to you is an easy task for those with money to spend.
When it comes to leather, you can find everything from grained and smooth leathers to naturally vegetable tanned hides as well. Beginning with a basic leather, there are options of moving into exotics such as lizard, ostrich, alligator, shark, snake and buffalo. The straps range in price based on the type of hide you select as well as the way it’s treated, the workmanship, the deployment buckle and even whether it’s padded or not.
When selecting a leather band, it’s very important to look at quality and of course the stitching.
These straps are created for use under and near water and are ideal just for that. They are flexible, strong, long lasting. Also the water, even the sea water won’t harm them. They are perfect for any kind of sport or outdoor activities.
They can be stylish too – you can select them wit vivid color to match your mood, outfit and watch elements.