NATO and Zulu Watch Straps have their origins in the military and armed forces. Watch cases with solid lugs were more durable and so single length heavy duty straps were used to thread underneath the case. Created as a practical piece of equipment, they have an enduring appeal.

In the 1965 film Thunderball, Sean Connery’s 007 first famously wore a striped NATO strap on his Rolex. Bond has continued to perpetuate the popularity of the NATO, with Daniel Craig also wearing a similar black and grey striped strap on his Omega Seamaster 300 in Spectre.

In recent years there has been a definite resurgence in the popularity of NATO and Zulu Watch Straps. Firstly, they are comfortable to wear particularly as the strap goes all the way under the case. Secondly, they are easy to change. Additionally, depending on what style you go for, they can immediately give your watch a style reboot.

What is the Difference between a NATO and a Zulu Watch Strap?

The Zulu is a one piece strap. However, the NATO has a safety feature consisting of an additional flap which goes underneath the case. Therefore, if one of the spring bars should fail, this additional flap secures the watch.

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DUCKWORTH PRESTEX - Black NATO Watch Strap with Brown and Red Stripe DPBNBR

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DUCKWORTH PRESTEX - Black NATO Watch Strap with Orange Stripe DPBNO

DUCKWORTH PRESTEX - Black NATO Watch Strap with Orange Stripe DPBNO

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DUCKWORTH PRESTEX - Black NATO Watch Strap with Sand and Grey Stripe DPBNSG

DUCKWORTH PRESTEX - Black NATO Watch Strap with Sand and Grey Stripe DPBNSG

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DUCKWORTH PRESTEX - Blue NATO Watch Strap with Beige Stripe DPBNB

DUCKWORTH PRESTEX - Blue NATO Watch Strap with Beige Stripe DPBNB

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DUCKWORTH PRESTEX - Blue NATO Watch Strap with Ochre and White Stripe DPBNOW

DUCKWORTH PRESTEX - Blue NATO Watch Strap with Ochre and White Stripe DPBNOW

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DUCKWORTH PRESTEX - Green NATO Watch Strap with Black Stripe DPGNB

DUCKWORTH PRESTEX - Green NATO Watch Strap with Black Stripe DPGNB

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NATO Black and Grey Striped Nylon Watch Strap MOD5

NATO Black and Grey Striped Nylon Watch Strap MOD5

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NATO Black and White Striped Nylon Watch Strap MOD11

NATO Black and White Striped Nylon Watch Strap MOD11

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NATO Black Leather Watch Strap MODL1

NATO Black Leather Watch Strap MODL1

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NATO Black Nylon Watch Strap MOD1

NATO Black Nylon Watch Strap MOD1

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NATO Blue and Red Striped Nylon Watch Strap MOD9

NATO Blue and Red Striped Nylon Watch Strap MOD9

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NATO Blue Nylon Watch Strap MOD4

NATO Blue Nylon Watch Strap MOD4

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NATO Blue, White, Red Striped Nylon Watch Strap MOD10

NATO Blue, White, Red Striped Nylon Watch Strap MOD10

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NATO Brown Leather Watch Strap MODL5

NATO Brown Leather Watch Strap MODL5

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NATO Green Nylon Watch Strap MOD3

NATO Green Nylon Watch Strap MOD3

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NATO Grey Nylon Watch Strap MOD2

NATO Grey Nylon Watch Strap MOD2

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