07 Jan '18, 12pm

Durable, practical and worn by James Bond: the NATO Watch Strap

Durable, practical and worn by James Bond: the NATO Watch Strap

Soon after the initial roll-out to the British Special Forces, the strap was modified to uniquely represent different British military regiments. Where the term “NATO” derives from is due to the alphanumeric code used in the British MoD to identify all standardised material items of supply. The code was called the NATO Stock Number (NSN). So, while the NATO strap is not actually a NATO-branded strap, it is an important article of clothing that was used by forces of a NATO member country. Moreover, while many might assume the most iconic featurette of the strap was seen in the first four James Bond films, the shots of the watch worn by Sean Connery in Goldfinger were actually filmed nine years before the launch of the original NATO strap back in 1973. Even so, the appeal of the striped nylon band holding Bond’s Rolex Submariner in place echoes a similar style and fashion to...

Full article: https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/declassified_149972.htm

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