Richard Brown






November 22, 2021

In our first feature we discussed how to fit a military watch strap, so continue with us on a journey into the world of military watch sraps as we highlight all the benefits associated with this affordable, battle proven, accessory.

Military Watch Straps by ZULUDIVER


Every watch is comfortable on a nylon watch strap. That is a statement of fact. For sure other straps are comfortable, and not every watch looks better, but the comfort factor is a given. Even tight weave versions which may be a little firm in their early days soon soften and become supremely comfortable. A nylon strap has an uncanny ability to take all the weight out of a watch. Even if your chosen chrono is a 46mm steel monster, fitting it to one will drastically reduce the “felt” weight of the watch.


If you are a Rolex Explorer owner who actually takes your watch into harsh environments, first, well done! However, you may have noticed that the steel bracelet quickly becomes tight and uncomfortable during activity or in heat. Of course, this is not a problem exclusive to Rolex; all metal bracelets have this issue so unless you have an advanced model with micro-adjustment and are confident to make that adjustment in the middle of the Sahara, it can lead to serious discomfort.

Rolex Explorer on a Military Strap

Equally, leather straps may initially be comfortable and easy to adjust but eventually humidity and sweat will take their toll on the material. Rubberis a good option as are some quality fabrics like Sailcloth,so we can give a thumbs up to those options. However, for sheer practicality, optimal comfort, low cost and resistance to the harshest of environments, you will not find a better strap. They effectively resist heat, cold, dampness, scratches and impacts. They wash clean and look pristine just by passing them under running water. If they're made to a high standard like our range of Professional Watch straps, they won't even fray. Finally high-quality nylon straps dry very quickly, which leads us nicely on to…

Water Resistance

For decades these straps have been fitted to military dive watches. When something has been in service for so long, it is hard to argue that it is not well suited to the task. High quality straps will take as much salt or fresh water as you can submerge them in. They always rinse out and dry quickly to look as good as new. The additional length allows you to strap a watch securely over the thickest dive suit.


If neither scuba kit nor jungle gear is your thing, there is still possibly the most compelling reason to wear one. Style!  Fit a Bond Watch Strap to your watch and in that moment, you are about to embark on a secret mission to encounter Dr No.

Vintage Bond Herringbone Watch Strap

These straps just look cool, they give an edge to every watch, be it a sub-£100 or plus-£5K model. They can fundamentally change the look of a watch by ruggedizing it or giving it a smart evening look. You can look as militaristic or as colourful as you want. You can have a style to match any clothing and make a bold statement or fly under the radar, such is the versatility and huge selection of ZD straps available.  

Written By Richard Brown

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Richard Brown

About the Author: Richard Brown

About the Author: Richard Brown

I truly believe one of the best partners in exploration and adventure is a fine watch. Over 30 years of collecting, my fascination with the technical capabilities of both vintage and modern timepieces has never abated and it is a privilege to be able to share this passion through writing.

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