by Richard Brown May 20, 2022
NATO straps need no introduction, especially if you are a regular ZULUDIVER follower, but what many fans may not know is that the classic NATO began as the cryptically titled A.F.0210. This strap is a hidden piece of watch history, and the good news is we have a good rendition of it with our Single Pass Canvas NATO.
The A.F.0210. single pass canvas webbing strap first appeared around 1944 and is synonymous with the famous W.W.W Dirty Dozen military watches used by the British at the tail end of World War 2. These watches are now giants in the world of historical watches. Major brands such as Omega, IWC, and JLC, all made military watches to strict criteria set by the British War Office. Specification R.S./Prov/4373A "Watches, Wristlet, Waterproof" (W.W.W), asked for hand wound 35mm watches not dissimilar to the spec already seen in the A-11 watches used by US troops. The British watches were issued on an A.F.0210. strap.
The ZULUDIVER canvas strap is a faithful homage to its historical counterpart and comes in five weathered military earth colours which will suit any style of military or field watch. The strap has satin finish stainless steel hardware, in standard or ZULU format, with additional stitching around the holes for added durability.
Whether your watch of choice is a Hamilton Khaki Field Mechanical or perhaps one of the new Boldr exploration models, or you are lucky enough to own a Dirty Dozen, the ZULUDIVER Single Pass Canvas NATO is the prefect strap if you are seeking an accurate historical military look.
Check out the full range of Single Pass Canvas NATOs here.