WatchGecko Ridge British Military Watch Strap on Seiko Willard
 

Top 5 Nylon Straps for Seiko Willard

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Safie Agar-Hutton

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Safie Agar-Hutton

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Seiko

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WatchGecko Top Choice Series

Back in 1973 we saw the birth of the first Military Nylon watch straps and recently they have become somewhat of a core trend for watch lovers.

Originally, they were created and issued for the British Armed Forces with extremely specific specifications to live up to. The British Minister of Defence (MOD) needed to provide a strap that was durable above all else and could be relied upon during combat. Leather straps presented humidity issues when worn in warmer climates, steel’s ability to reflect made it a risky mission comrade and rubber straps were prone to wear and breakage. Enter, Military Nylon.

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MoD-issued straps were made of tough-wearing Nylon and could only be produced in “Admiralty Grey” at a width of 20mm, with chrome-plated brass buckle and keepers. Military Nylon watch straps have evolved massively since the 1970s though. Today, the straps come in hundreds of colours, patterns and materials. I’d pretty safely say there’s a Military strap out there for everybody now, whether your favourite colour be apricot, violet, or maroon.

The Military Nylon watch strap is an extremely popular choice for watch lovers and there is no sign of them going out of fashion. In fact, why would they? They’re generally inexpensive, functional, and notoriously robust.

Here at WatchGecko, we have something for everyone, with a truly versatile range of Military Nylon on offer. To help you narrow down your next pick, we’ve matched our top five favourite straps with the iconic Seiko Willard. So, whether you prefer bold and lavish, or subtle and timeless, you may just find a new favourite here.

ZULUDIVER 1973 British Military Watch Strap: CADET Bond

ZULUDIVER 1973 British Military Watch Strap on Seiko Willard. Credit: WatchGecko.

 
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ZULUDIVER 1973 British Military Watch Strap: CADET Bond - Classic - Polished
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ZULUDIVER 1973 British Military Watch Strap: CADET Bond - Classic - Satin
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ZULUDIVER 1973 British Military Watch Strap: CADET Bond - Classic - PVD IP Black

Let’s start with a classic staple. A strap fit to pair with any outfit whilst maintaining a subtle yet stylish look, the ZULUDIVER 1973 in CADET Bond. Available with polished, satin, or Black PVD finishings, personal style can still be honoured with discreet aesthetic differences between each. One of our more traditional offerings, this strap truly captures the essence of the original straps developed by the MoD. In a slight deviation from the authentic 1970s designs, the black and grey stripes on this strap contrast wonderfully and achieve a finished look that is timelessly fashionable.

ZULUDIVER 1973 British Military Watch Strap: INFANTRY

ZULUDIVER 1973 British Military Watch Strap: INFANTRY on Seiko Willard
ZULUDIVER 1973 British Military Watch Strap: INFANTRY on Seiko Willard. Credit: WatchGecko.

 
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ZULUDIVER 1973 British Military Watch Strap: INFANTRY - Terrier
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ZULUDIVER 1973 British Military Watch Strap: INFANTRY - Deltoid
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ZULUDIVER 1973 British Military Watch Strap: INFANTRY - Osprey

Continuing our adventures into the world of the ZULUDIVER 1973 Military strap , next up is its Infantry counterpart. The great thing about the Infantry edition is the combination of timeless design and military origins with modern-day aesthetic edge. It’s a comfortable strap that looks great with the Seiko Willard no matter which of its 8 striped designs catch your eye.

WatchGecko Ridge British Military Watch Strap

WatchGecko Ridge British Military Watch Strap on Seiko Willard
WatchGecko Ridge British Military Watch Strap on Seiko Willard. Credit: WatchGecko.

 
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WatchGecko Ridge British Military Watch Strap - Turquoise Blue
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WatchGecko Ridge Military Nylon Watch Strap - Yellow
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WatchGecko Ridge Military Nylon Watch Strap - Blue

Upping the anti now, we have our WatchGecko Ridge British Military straps. The Ridge is available in a whopping twenty-two colour options, ranging from gentle beiges to all-out tropical yellow. It’s a really versatile strap for those who like to switch up their style regularly and add a pop of colour to their outfits. Similarly to old-fashioned military webbing, the texture has been subtly ribbed to achieve an authentic, classic look with buckets of retro charm. In the event of a spring bar failure, you can be sure your watch will remain securely on your wrist, making this a stylish companion for even the most extreme adventures.

ZULUDIVER OctoPod Nylon Watch Strap

ZULUDIVER OctoPod Nylon Watch Strap on Seiko WillardZULUDIVER OctoPod Nylon Watch Strap on Seiko Willard. Credit: WatchGecko.

 
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ZULUDIVER OctoPod Watch Strap - Aqaba
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ZULUDIVER OctoPod Watch Strap - Cascadia
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ZULUDIVER OctoPod Watch Strap - Austell

Another ZULUDIVER staple, but this time with a slight twist. At only £10, the OctoPod Nylon Watch Strap is a great, budget-friendly choice for those who want to keep it simple with a strap that works on every daily adventure. The OctoPod offers unmatched comfort and flexibility, is crafted from anti-lint nylon to ensure the look remains fresh over time and is waterproof to ensure reliable performance is achieved in various environments. Wearers can pick up the OctoPod buckle of their choice to complete the look. Available in five sophisticated finishes, from Brushed Steel to Antique Bronze, the choice is yours entirely. 

The Vintage Watch Company Military Watch Strap

The Vintage Watch Company Military Watch Strap on Seiko Willard. Credit: WatchGecko.

 
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The Vintage Watch Company Military Watch Strap - Olive Green
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The Vintage Watch Company Military Watch Strap - Admiralty Grey
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The Vintage Watch Company Military Watch Strap - Black & Gold

Finishing up with our first collaboration with David Silver, The Vintage Watch Company Military Watch Strap retains the classic aesthetic that Military Nylon strap fans will be familiar with but is available in five different colour ways. These straps come in muted, neutral colours that don’t draw too much attention for an understated but sleek result. If black and gold are your thing, there is also the option to choose which colour hardware best suits your style. These straps look great on a variety of vintage-style watches and are a great match for the Seiko, as pictured.

So, whether you’re a colour fiend or someone more subtle and sophisticated, our portfolio of Military Nylon straps is sure to have something to suit any style.

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About the Author: Safie Agar-Hutton

As a passionate writer, working on the Magazine Team is a great outlet for my creativity. I joined WatchGecko in 2024 and enjoy the varied nature of my job, but my true motivation comes from delivering horological-focused content. My writing includes press releases containing important news from the biggest brands in the industry, timepiece reviews, and Top Choice pieces showcasing the best products from our online store. If it's watch related, I’ll write about it!

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