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Military Watch Straps: History, Types, and Function

Military Watch Straps: History, Types, and Function

Regardless of how old your watch is, you can always revitalize it with a new watch strap. Depending on your needs, there is a watch strap available for everything. You can dress an outfit up or down with the right watch strap or completely change your overall style. Watch straps truly do have a huge impact on how you look and feel. However, most people have a specific style of watch straps that they prefer. One of the most popular types of straps available today is the military watch strap.

The history of the military watch strap is quite interesting and makes for a great conversation when people ask about your strap. Military watch straps were first introduced to the world when they were issued by the British Ministry of Defense. The main appeal of these straps for soldiers was that they were functional, yet durable. They included an extra piece of nylon that essentially created a small pocket so that the watch didn’t move around on their wrists during combat. Military watch straps were ideal for soldiers because they stayed exactly where they needed to be without causing irritation during battle. The extra strap length also added a layer of security in case a piece of the watch’s spring bar were to break during intense periods of combat or general wear and tear—this is the primary benefit of choosing a one-piece military watch strap. Since the original introduction of military watch straps, there have only been minor changes in the underlying hardware and thickness of the band.

handmade leather military watch strap

The color combinations that were worn began to represent regimen colors. Today, they’re available in a number of different colors and designs, which can be customized to your liking.

There are two different types of military watch straps. One of which is based on the strap that was originally issued by the British Ministry of Defense and the other is a slightly modified version. The key difference between the two is mainly how they’re worn. The traditional military watch straps still has the extra piece of nylon that can be slid underneath the face of the watch. It comes in both one and two-piece straps. The modified military watch strap is just one long strap, usually made of thicker material. Once tightened around the wrist, this creates a chunkier style around the watch’s buckle.

nylon military watch strap on a panerai
At DaLuca Straps, we offer military watch straps in a number of customizable options and materials. We have military straps made of leather, Shell Cordovan, suede, and nylon—all of which can be used for different purposes or styles. Our military watch straps come in both one-piece or two-piece, each available in widths ranging from 18mm to 26mm. We even have a vast array of colors available so you can find something that compliments your wardrobe perfectly. Our straps fit most major watch brands and if you need assistance finding your new accessory, we’re here to help. Check out our selection of military single piece watch straps today.
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