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Phoenix G10 (NATO) Watch Strap Review

Phoenix G10 (NATO) Watch Strap

Pulsar on Phoenix G10 watch strap (20mm, Admiralty Grey)
Pulsar on Phoenix G10 watch strap (20mm, Admiralty Grey)

Despite being known, the world over, as a “NATO”, the ubiquitous nylon watch strap we all love and admire is in reality a product of the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) and it’s proper name is the G10 – named after the form used to requisite the strap.

I too am guilty of calling the G10 a “NATO”, probably because everyone else does! No excuse I know. So where exactly does this “NATO” business come from?

We need to go back in time.

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Maratac NATO Watch Band Review

Maratac 20mm NATO watch band on a Seiko Orange Monster Diver's 200m
Maratac 20mm NATO watch band on a Seiko Orange Monster Diver’s 200m

NATO watch bands inspire a love-hate relationship amongst watch enthusiasts. There is no middle ground. Some despise these nylon creations simply for their cheapness, especially when worn on, dare I say it a Rolex or Omega, while others appreciate all they have to offer.

Me? I love them!

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