Nylon strap watches: how to wear them this summer

You need to add some of the best nylon strap watches (or NATO) to your watch collection, especially if you take James Bond as inspiration for everything you do with your clothes and accessories (both Daniel Craig como Sean Connery they used one in their movies).

The nylon straps They are very popular for several reasons, they are ideal for summer, but they are also versatile, comfortable and allow a wide variety of colors when wearing the same watch, in addition to being a lightweight material, they can be much more comfortable than Leather or metal straps that you can see on all kinds of watch styles (plus it easily adjusts to the wrist without having to cut). And another of the great advantages is that this is a strap that will not be ruined if you go into the water with your watch on.

Regarding the types, the nylon straps They are in one or two piece versions. One-piece straps have the fabric threaded that goes under the watch face, while two-piece straps connect to both sides of the dial.

And where do they come from? Nylon strap watches were first created and worn by the British Ministry of Defense in 1973, and they were given to the soldiers once they signed a form called G10, which is why the pieces with this type of strap were also known as G10 or Admiralty Grey (as a reference to its color).

Nowadays there are not only military options, the straps already have all kinds of different colors and thousands of accessible and luxury brands use them in their pieces.

How are nylon strap watches worn?

Con smoking, a la James Bond

The 1964 movie Goldfinger popularized the famous ‘Bond NATO’, as you can see Sean Connery wearing a watch Rolex Submariner with a nylon strap. Many say it is a real NATO strap, but it is a nylon strap and it was so popular, more than 4 decades later, Daniel Craig I use a Omega Seamaster with an authentic NATO strap in the 2015 movie Specter (the difference between NATO and nylon straps is that the former carried a military code system).

Connery used his Rolex Submariner with his legendary white jacket tuxedo, so he chose one in dark colors that would look more elegant. For its part, Craig He wore his Omega with a sophisticated black suit, showing the versatility and variety of uses of this type of watch.

Pay attention to the color of the strap

The first thing to do with a leash NATO (which you can even find in leather versions) or nylon is to determine the color of the strap that you are going to use. The black belt will always be more elegant, but it can also be combined with casual looks, and it can be more striking or bright depending on the color of your outfit. In summer seasons, colors like pink, green or even yellow can be great options for everyday wear.

Sean Connery como James Bond

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With casual looks

Think of shirts polo shirts, jeans, t-shirts, chinos or more casual suits (without a tie and with tennis shoes), in these cases the watches can be much more colorful, although always taking into account that there are shades that look better when they go together. If you’re wearing a long-sleeved shirt or T-shirt, you can slightly fold the sleeves to show the watch.

El look Smart Casual

This is a versatile style that you can take to all kinds of places and events that require an outfit a little more thought and arranged, but without being too elegant. It consists of combining pieces such as a sports jacket, suits with sweatshirts or changing the shirt for a tshirt, which continues to achieve a formal style, but without losing the casual, which is the same thing that defines watches with a nylon strap.

How do you wear it?

It’s pretty simple, but Crown & Buckle has a simple guide in case you’re new to this area:

  • Slip the long end of the strap through the buckles on the watch and secure using the hole to create the correct size for your wrist.
  • Pass the “tail” of the strap up through both clips.
  • The last step is to take that excess glue off the leash and fold it back at the keeper a second time. This step prevents the tail of the leash from flying off.