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    Please explain NATO strap design

    I understand how to use a NATO strap, but I am interested in the rationale for having the extra nylon strap piece under the watch: what is the function of that extra strap piece?
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    Please explain NATO strap design

    Ya know, that's a good question ....

    I have my EcoZilla on a four ring Nato; the strap is so bloody long that I use the two rings on the other side to "fold back" the strap so that I don't have a 9" tail flopping around, and I don't have to cut the strap.

    I'm sure this isn't the reason, but hey, it works for me .....
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    Re: Please explain NATO strap design

    Thank you.
    What I meant to ask was: why is there the extra strap piece under the watch. I assume that the long larger strap piece is in case the watch is being strapped over a jacket or something like that. What I don't understand is the function of the second strap right under the case itself.
    David

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    Re: Please explain NATO strap design

    My understanding of the NATO design is that you can lose a springbar and still have the watch on your wrist instead of somewhere out "in the field" as it were.

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    Re: Please explain NATO strap design

    Stil that could be done without the extra part, like on a one piece Zulu.


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    Re: Please explain NATO strap design

    Hi -

    While that is correct, the answer is also that it at least was a military issue watch band, low visibility, that also kept the watch off the skin entirely. Not so much an issue in temperate climes, but when the temperature falls or soars, can be an issue (very cold metal on skin?). Further, with the band being so long, it can be easily also worn on the outside of any garment without having to find a new band, i.e. it's a "issue once, fits all needs" type of MilSpec equipment.

    Being made of nylon, it also won't rot when constantly wet, won't start to fall apart under strenuous activity, and the nylon doesn't keep a memory like leather does, enabling the watch to be easily swapped around if need be.

    Unfortunately, many civilian versions are significantly shorter...

    JohnF

    PS: and the strap itself can be used, for instance, as a tourniquet, as a way of strapping a piece of critical equipment in place, etc.
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    Re: Please explain NATO strap design

    Ah! The nylon design equivalent to the Bund!

    Thank you John!

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    Re: Please explain NATO strap design

    The simple one piece strap that the US uses keeps the watch off the skin.

    The reason for the second piece and its ring is to keep the watch from sliding off the tongue end if the band is picked up by the buckle.

    While this is a relatively unlikely today with the thicker more ribbed nylon, if you look at the early British ones, they are slightly thinner and slicker. Given the expensive of the Mark XI and the other navigational timepieces, it is good insurance.

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