• Strapped For Time

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    The black watch face is having a moment this fall. It's as if you should have dusted it off as you were packing away your white bucks. The men's fashion industry would have you believe pairing your black watch face with a nylon strap in a military colorway is on trend—but it's not preppy. You know what's preppy? Color.

    Though burgundy was lauded autumn's official color palette months ago by fashion insiders, I have a disposition to orange. It is vibrant, sociable and demands attention in its go-to-hell hue without screaming. But keep it below the waist and to small accessories, like your watch strap.

    Burberry chronograph ($595) on 22mm orange nato strap from RLT Watches ($14)

    I have been hard-pressed landing a nylon strap wide enough for my military inspired Burberry chronograph. Anything 20mm or narrower can be easily had from Smart Turnout. But for 22mm or wider, head to RLT Watches. Established in 1987, the UK watch company stocks military nylon straps up to 24mm wide. Anything wider than that has no business on your wrist, much less a nylon strap. With shipping only $3, it’s tempting to grab one for each day of the week. When someone asks for the time, why not tell them to go-to-hell while giving it to them?

    Oct 26, 2010 | Permalink (16) Total Comments

    Ralph Hanan left a comment on 5/7/2012 at 3:29 PM:

    check out these Prep watches! http://bit.ly/KqhTgh

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 10/31/2010 at 12:45 PM:

    Preps wear American watches, Japanese watches (such as seiko) and of course Swiss watches as long as they are simple, discreet, elegant, thin, round or rectangled and they must look classic. I belive these must have a ribbon or leather strap and they must never be too big.

    Andy M. left a comment on 10/28/2010 at 8:50 PM:

    Love the watch strap…  It would look great with either a black or a white face.  And the watch was an awfully nice gift!

    David left a comment on 10/28/2010 at 6:44 PM:

    Is your watch an automatic or quartz? If it’s an automatic you paid an excellent price for it.

    I enjoy the nato straps as well, I currently have a navy one on my vintage seiko and a bunch of striped ones for my old timex.

    Bill Smith left a comment on 10/28/2010 at 11:59 AM:

    I’m a big fan of the G/10 Nato strap, now the secret is out.

    Christy Huxley left a comment on 10/27/2010 at 12:18 AM:

    That’s a fine watch band and watch face to boot! Now let’s see it on you, yes?

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/26/2010 at 4:35 PM:

    For enquiring minds, Fossil manufactures Burberry’s watches (since 2003). The Swiss movements are actually assembled in a Fossil owned factory in Antima, Switzerland.  This watch is simply an example of a black face military inspired watch that is having a moment this season. Fixate on the ideas (go-to-hell nylon bands with black face watches for fall) and be inspired by that.

    why left a comment on 10/26/2010 at 4:05 PM:

    @AEV—Burberry watches are made by Fossil’s Swiss watch division. So while they are not the best quality, they are perfectly fine choices…esp. when free.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/26/2010 at 3:01 PM:

    @AEV—All good points. I don’t look a gift horse in the mouth though. And this piece is about where to grab up nylon watch straps, not watches.

    AEV left a comment on 10/26/2010 at 2:54 PM:

    Love the strap - but, when it comes to watches (and shoes and suits, for example) it’s best to buy from a company that specializes in the item. I had no idea Burberry “made” watches - but, like numerous other fashion clothing brands that round out there portfolio with such items, these private labeled timepieces come off as tacky. You want a swiss chrono? There are countless brands who’ve been making watches - and only watches - for years that sell them….and actually make them themselves…probably, in some cases, for cheaper.

    Shoshana @ Adventures of a Future Housewife left a comment on 10/26/2010 at 12:42 PM:

    So perfect. I love the bigger take on the classic Timex watch over at J. Crew.

    Samuel left a comment on 10/26/2010 at 11:33 AM:

    That watch looks incredible.  This strap is almost as sweet as those orange bastian pants.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 10/26/2010 at 11:17 AM:

    @NWR—There are no stupid questions.  The mm sizing I am referring to is the width of the pins on the watch. The width of the watch strap needs to be the same width as the pins on which it is being paired to so that it is flush (as seen above).  Once you remove your original watch band with a tiny flathead screwdriver (it is just a matter of unloading the spring loaded pins) you simply install the pins back into place and then slide on the nylon strap. Nylon straps do not require that you remove pins whenever you want to change it out for another nylon strap. That makes it easy to change it out on a whim.

    @Tyler P.—There are plenty of used black face military-esque watches that can be found on eBay for a good price.

    NWR left a comment on 10/26/2010 at 9:48 AM:

    Stupid question #1: Is this size from one clasp on the watch from the other?
    Stupid question #2: Are watchbands easy to switch out by oneself? I’m not exactly sure how to take my band off.

    Miguel Ramalhão left a comment on 10/26/2010 at 8:44 AM:

    Nice watch… I’ve been meaning to get a strap for a vintage Swiss Army watch that I have since I was 13 years old… I’m definitely gonna get one now!!...
    By the way… love the blog ... I also have one, please feel free to check it out..

    Tyler P. left a comment on 10/26/2010 at 7:45 AM:

    Loving the look, but I think I might like the strap more than the face of the watch… Or I might just be cheap