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1965 Pattern U.S Vietnam War Pattern 18mm Nylon Webbing Military Watch Strap

1965 Pattern U.S Vietnam War Pattern 18mm Nylon Webbing Military Watch Strap


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These straps were originally made in 1965 and in 16mm and 18mm variants were  used on all of the watches issued at that time such as Benrus, Westclox, Hamilton, Bulova etc. These straps are still based on the U.S US military watch strap specification covered by, MIL-S-46383A1 WRIST: INSTRUMENT  June 1965. 

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The history of the NATO strap is interesting and started out with the single grey 20mm band around 40 years ago and has expanded from there initially to RAF Blue, Black, and Navy Blue then to the James Bond pattern strap and Olive Green and from there we have made more and more variants in regimental colors, Search and Rescue SAR (which is an orange strap) and an unbelievable range of different designs in national colors, police unit colors and various camouflage options for specific situations. The straps are also frequently used by military units outside the UK and also purchased by serving military to use on a wide variety of military watches.

Currently we manufacture 167 different variants in all sorts of colors. The majority of these different straps are made for retail sale but some custom straps are sold via various procurement contracts.

The original specification of what we today term "the NATO strap" was laid down by the UK Ministry of Defence and was called Defence Standard 66-47 Issue 2 Publication Date 30 March 2001. The specifications which preceded this were Def Stan 66-47 Issue 1 dated 13 November 1992 and two earlier standards, Def Stan 66-15 (Part 1) Issue 1 – Strap (Nylon) dated 30 November 1973 and Def Stan 66-15 (Part 2) Issue 1 – Strap (Leather/Nylon) dated 31 January 1974. The current specification data sheet can be downloaded at NATO Strap Current Spec although this specification is not totally set in stone it is pretty much still the exact design that is specified when we make straps although most bulk contracts insist on them being stitched around the buckles.

We have supplied these straps for over twenty years to a large range of clients ranging from serving military personnel, Police, emergency services, exploration units, Search and Rescue, oil and gas companies, marine salvage and exploration business and also companies operating in tropical or desert locations. The reality is that nothing beats a NATO strap because they are ideally suited for all these organizations because they can be easily washed and they will dry in minutes and do not rot like leather or split like silicon.


  • 1.2 mm thick premium quality ballistic nylon
  • High Quality stitching
  • Fixed nylon loop in compliance with in compliance with U.S Military Specification MIL-S-46383
  • Stainless steel Fasteners
  • Length: 254mm ( 10″ )

The final two images show the Vietnam Watch these straps were originally used with together with a bundle in the original packaging