From ba­sic to iconic, these are the bracelets and straps you need to know about.

The Peak Selections: Timepieces - - Full Immersion -


NATO The Nato strap made its first ap­pear­ance in 1973 and was cre­ated by the Bri­tish Min­istry of De­fence. Those straps were char­ac­terised by 20mm wide dou­ble ny­lon straps with spring bars, in a colour called Ad­mi­ralty Grey, though their pop­u­lar­ity led to the adop­tion of more colours and a slim­mer 18mm ver­sion. They are of­ten con­fused with Zulu straps, which dif­fer from Nato ones by hav­ing only one long strap made of thicker ny­lon. OMEGA SEA­MAS­TER DIVER 300M “COM­MAN­DER’S WATCH”


RALLY The per­fo­ra­tions in these leather straps – usu­ally three large ones un­der the lugs on ei­ther side, though vari­a­tions have seen numer­ous holes across the en­tire strap – were in­spired by old rac­ing gloves and car parts that had holes drilled into them to min­imise weight and in­crease speed. While it’s not nec­es­sary in a watch strap, the added ven­ti­la­tion makes them ideal summer ac­ces­sories. CHOPARD GRAND PRIX DE MONACO HIS­TORIQUE 2016 RACE EDI­TION


ROLEX PRES­I­DENT It may not have as long a his­tory as the Oys­ter or Ju­bilee bracelets, but Rolex’s Pres­i­dent band, in­tro­duced in 1956, is the brand’s most lux­u­ri­ous – and is used only for its high­est-end Day-Date mod­els. It com­bines the Oys­ter’s three-link de­sign with the Ju­bilee’s semi-cir­cu­lar links, and is only ever crafted in gold or plat­inum and paired with the Rolex Crown­clasp for a smooth, com­fort­able fit. ROLEX DAY-DATE 40


AVI­A­TOR Now purely used as dec­o­ra­tion, the riv­ets lo­cated be­low the lugs on pi­lot’s watches were orig­i­nally meant to keep the straps to­gether, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the tur­bu­lence of air com­bat. First pop­u­larised by the Ger­man air force dur­ing World War II, this his­tor­i­cal de­tail can still be found on mod­ern pi­lot’s watches to­day. IWC BIG PI­LOT’S HER­ITAGE WATCH 48

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