We have come to the last section of ways to dress up or down – and this portion takes up the biggest trend in recent years; textile.
Like so many other developments in the watch world, there has been a driving force and effectiveness in the case of use of bracelets in textiles has, of course, war, misery, and the military played a major role.
From World War II onwards, when both American and British military watches were equipped with rough canvasband, military watches, more or less as standard fitted with fabric tape, mainly in nylon. From the beginning, what was and both American and German locking system and high visibility was more or less standard equipped with straps for many years, but the first real standard showed up during the 60’s and has lived on–the model we know today as NATO or G10-strap was designed by the British Ministry of Defense as a single-part Velcro strap with an extra button for that part could not fall off if a ribbon pin goes by but also not able to go by the band.
The model, which was originally only came in the blue-gray Admiralty Grey, was standard equipment on two of the world’s most popular collectors’ watches; Omega Seamaster 300 and Rolex Submariner “MilSub”, just like its successor from CWC. A more recent variant is known as Zulu/Rhino/Waterbourne bands that are extra long, heavy and made for professional divers, who need to put clocks and instruments outside of the dry suit.
On the other side of the Atlantic took NASA developed a model with a single purpose – to sit on the astronauts ‘ arms in space travel and walking. For this purpose, developed a model of coarse nylon webbing and Velcro, which just as NATO band in one piece to hold the clock even if a band pin goes by and with additional length to be worn on a naked wrist and on the outside the ski space suit. The tapes, like the NATO model is practical even on Earth, be remade in a few different designs and variations of Carl Evans (known as GasGasBones on the internet) for clear reasonable money.
Silk is not perhaps not the most common material in strap but exists in two right different designs – that part a very elegant and conventionally designed type of band that usually can be found on ladies ‘ watches in the higher-end but perhaps most often as the part of the classic preppyuniformen by colorfully striped Ribbon sold by institutions like the j. Press, Brooks Brothers and Ralph Lauren (and which is often used to demonstrate the affinities and sympathies). In the United Kingdom there is a similar tradition from schools, regiments and associations all have their own variants of the NATO/G10-banden and made immortal by Sean Connery wore a Submariner on a striped Ribbon in Goldfinger. Nowadays, the trend with colorful NATO band exploded and is available everywhere both in stores and online (none mentioned, none forgotten – and this also applies in the comments field), which one can thank the påfågliga Italian Rolex collectors.
Evidence of the trend can be said to be the way the fabric ties seriously offered by watch manufacturers, from easier and cheaper as Swedish Daniel Wellington and American Timex to premium manufacturers such as Tudor.