Among those "in the know" a variety of terms are used to reference specific styles of watch bands similar to our NATO Style Straps. For example, 'G10' NATO straps commonly have two metal rings to secure the free end of the strap, whereas 'RAF' NATO straps instead have a nylon loop to secure the loose end. Our design team unanimously felt that the nylon catch of the RAF strap was cleaner looking, more functional and overall more appealing than the additional metal lugs. As a result, our bands were designed with a nylon catch similar to what you might find on RAF straps. However, RAF straps are usually missing the locking feature that properly secures the watch head in place on G10 straps. This attribute is essential to assure that the watch holds its position on the wrist and that the watch head does not fall off the band while it is being put on or taken off of the wrist. A damaged watch can cost thousands of dollars to repair and a whole lot of frustration, so you will find the locking feature remains intact as an important element of our products. The result is a band that is truly unique.
Our NATO style bands are available in two lengths. The original or 'standard' length (10") generally fits wrists from 5" to 7 1/2" in circumference and is available in widths of 18mm, 20mm and 22mm. The 'long' version (11") generally fits wrists from 6" to 8 1/2" and is available in 20mm, 22mm and 24mm widths. Those with wrists under 7" typically prefer the 'standard' length band and those with wrists over 7 1/4" typically prefer the 'long' band. If you do encounter a fit issue after purchase, we offer a money back guarantee!
If you have purchased nylon watch bands from another source, you've probably had issues with proper fit. The average person's wrist circumference is about 7-inches (6 to 7-inches for females and 7 to 8-inches for males). However, it is common to find NATO style watch bands with lengths in excess of 12-inches that may be long enough wrap around your wrist twice! In many cases the holes have not even been properly located to fasten it at all. When designing our bands, we studied several statistical analyses on the distribution of wrist sizes among various populations. The result is a band that accommodates not only a wide variety of watch designs, but also wrist circumferences covering over 95% of the general population.
The weave of our ballistic nylon was selected for its comfort and durability. Barton bands are typically softer and more flexible than many other nylon watch bands, yet have a tighter weave, making them equally or more durable. The thickness also allows for ample room to slide it in between the watch head and spring bar of most timepieces. Our nylon is lightweight and breathable, yet very sturdy... and it has been laser cut to reduce or eliminate fraying.
Our watch bands use stainless steel components where others use iron or aluminum. Iron components rust and need to be bulkier and heavier to achieve strength comparable to that of stainless steel. The finish on both treated iron and aluminum parts can weather or wear off, leaving a dull, scrap-metal appearance. If you take a knife to our stainless steel components, you will find a material that 1) is solid all the way through, 2) is difficult to scratch or bend and 3) maintains its initial shine for many years.
Our products utilize ultrasonic welding where others use glue or stitching. The ultrasonic welding process joins two adjacent pieces of nylon webbing into one homogeneous material at the point of contact. It yields a product that is generally stronger and more reliable while also leaving a cleaner look (no stitching running across the band). There are no solvents, adhesives or other consumables required and it consumes very little energy.