In a world where high-end watches sit on gold and platinum bands, you might think it’s odd to put a nylon strap on a multi-thousand dollar watch. But the NATO strap has a rich history behind it that makes it suitable for modest and extravagant pieces alike.

The NATO strap actually has nothing to do with the defense group of the same name. Instead, it came from a shortened form of the term “NATO stocking number (NSN)” but was also known as the G10, after the form that soldiers had to fill out in order to receive one from requisitions in the British Ministry of Defense. This strap made its official debut in 1973, but its popularity has grown in recent years.

The band’s design revolved around durability and function. The way the strap passes over the spring bars and under the watch means that if one spring bar breaks, the other one is still holding it to the wrist. With two-piece bands, one faulty spring bar means that the entire watch falls from the hand.

Though it was at first issued only in “Admiralty Grey,” soldiers started wearing colors that represented their regiments. That later morphed into the trend of switching out colors for different occasions. The suitability of the strap style for sweaty environments and its resistance to water makes it perfect for your favorite workout and scuba-diving alike.

Jomashop offers several watch brands and designs, ranging from something as modest as $79.99 to a true investment piece costing $11,750.00. This just goes to show the utter versatility of the NATO strap!

Brooklyn Watch Co Brownstone Chronograph

Get all your essential functions with 60-second and 30-minute dials, water resistance to 100 meters, luminous hands, and date and day of the week! This diving watch offers a striking black and yellow look, all for $79.99, which is 71% off the retail price of $280.00.

Hamilton Field Hand-Wind Khaki

Hand-wind this striking watch for an 80-hour power reserve. With military time marked inside the Arabic numerals, you’ll never be at a loss on your next mission. The Khaki nylon band fastens with a tang clasp. Water resistance to 50 meters makes it safe at the pool, beach, or in your favorite summer sport. Get this watch now for $369.99, 25% off the retail price of $495.00.

Tag Heuer Formula 1 Chronograph

Try the striking navy-, gray, and orange-striped band on the blue-dial Formula 1 chronograph from Tag Heuer. Water-resistant to 200 meters, it’s a true diving watch with luminescent hands and minute markers around the rim. It also features a date display, and dials to mark 30-minute, 60-second, and 1/10 of a second intervals. Get it for $999.00, 29% off the retail price of $1,400.00.

Breitling Superocean Automatic in Green

With a uni-directional rotating bezel, this diving watch will let you explore the ocean to a depth of 500 meters. Always know the date, and see the time clearly even in low light with luminescent hands and markers. The stylish and functional green nylon band fastens with a tang clasp. Automatic movement with a 42-hour power reserve. Get it now from Jomashop--only $2,795.00, 29% off the retail price of $3,950.00.

Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Chronograph

Go Stealth Mode with this all-black design from Blancpain. The uni-directional rotating bezel helps you mark the time, as do the minute marks around the outside of the dial. Featuring luminescent hands and markers so that you don’t lose the time in the dark, this watch displays the date, as well as 60-second, 30-minute, and 12-hour dials. A ceramic case with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal for the face rounds out this automatic movement watch that brings with it a 50-hour power reserve. A 23mm black nylon strap fastens with a tang clasp. Get yours now for $11,750.00. That’s 32% off the retail value of $17,200.00.