After World War II, NATO introduced the so-called NSN (NATO Stock Number) for its equipment. In 1973, the NATO bracelet was initially called the G10 strap. This was because the British Ministry of Defense stipulated that soldiers who needed a strap for their watch should fill out a form called G1098. Since the bracelet was used by the military, it had to be functional and reliable. It was made in a standard length of 28 cm with 11 holes to fit all wrists as well as to be worn over diving suits and uniforms.
A particular advantage of the straps running behind the watch is that if one spring bar breaks or pops out, the case is still secured by the other spring bar. Because NATO straps are easy to change, sturdy and durable, they have also become increasingly popular as a stylish accessory in recent years.
For our Panova family, we have chosen the classic, original NATO strap, as it supports the sporty & lifestylish look of the watches and gives customers the opportunity to customize their watch.