The History of the Mil Spec G10 Nato strap

Exploring the History of Mil Spec G10 NATO Strap

The Mil Spec G10 NATO Strap has a history, from its military origins to its modern-day popularity. Whether you are considering adding a Mil Spec G10 Strap to your collection or are simply curious about its origins and how it differs from the standard NATO straps today, this guide will tackle your questions below.

Introduction: The FIRST NATO strap

I’m sure you have came across the word “ G10, MOD, Mil Spec” when researching about NATO straps, but what does it mean? The initial debut of the NATO strap was by the British Ministry of Defence (MoD) in 1973. Back then, there was only one version and it had a singular tone: admiralty grey. The British Special Forces were required to fill out a G-1098 form or “G10” for short to receive the strap at their unit’s supply store, giving the strap its nickname: the G10 Strap.

The “Mil-Spec” Standard and the Military Requirements

Based on the official requirements of the G10 strap

  • Material of the strap was nylon
  • Width of 20mm
  • Its joints, buckle and loops securely heat welded instead of using sewing threads

This construction ensured the strap was functional and durable, minimizing the risk of failure during military activities. An extra length of nylon with keepers is required under the watch to limited the space the watch can move and prevent the watch from sliding around. Additionally, the strap has to be long so troops can wear a watch on top of their uniforms.

Evolution of the NATO Strap

In 1978, the company Phoenix took over production of the Mil Spec G10 straps and those were the “real” deal. Today, if you were to look at the market now, the prices are skyrocketing or is out of stock.

Creating an Historically Accurate Piece

Ultimate Grey - Version 1 

As an enthusiast, it was difficult to find an admiralty grey version that was historically accurate. It was always too bright for my liking. I set out to create a Mil Spec G10 strap that closely resembled the original. The perfect admiralty color way must look dark and have a slight blue hue like the inspired photo above. 

After many samples, I finally came up with the admiralty grey which most closely resembles the G10 strap. I think I have created the perfect color after hearing from happy customers and also from their reviews! Click here to view the collection.

Heat Welded - Version 2

To further make the strap historically accurate, it had to be heat welded. It was difficult as most factories only offer sewing services, I mean who actually heat weld fabric now. Due to this, I had to develop a mould just for this feature.

Finally after so many samples, I finally made the ultimate NATO strap. From the material to the color to it being heat welded, finally everything clicked. Really happy after feedbacks from customers that they really love it.

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Customer's Reviews :)



If you are interested to learn more about the Bond NATO straps, you can click here to view the article : "The truth behind the REAL vintage bond Nylon" strap

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