"Mil Series" Bands by Maratac ~
Maratac™ did it again. They took the U.S. Government specifications watchbands and then made them better. Maratac™ made these new bands better and stronger than U.S. Military spec # MIL-S-46383. Maratac™ used their ultrasonic drilling process to cut perfect holes that eliminate rough spots around the holes. These new Maratac™ Mil Series bands feature non-magnetic stainless steel buckles that have been coated with mil spec black phosphate to eliminate possible reflection. How could it get better? Maratac™ added more colors and larger selection of sizes than Uncle Sam ever thought of.
Overall length (includes buckle) 10.25"-11" Depending on model
This is my favorite NATO-style strap (and I own an Omega NATO too). The quality and functionality is really unbeatable this price point (and perhaps even at 5X the price). The nylon is nicely woven and I love that it has a nice texture, but isn't too rough and stiff. My absolute favorite is the fabric keeper, as it tucks away the leftover strap into a neat and non-moving package.
I have used these types of bands in the past and have had great luck with them. They are strong and not as thick as the other bands which put too much pressure on the wrist. I do wish the straps were a little longer - almost too short for me.
I have been using the Maratac NATO and Zulus for years. I’m pretty rough in them and even modified them by cutting the lower secure strap part on them…but decided to go the single layer strap this time. These are amazing. They are light, durable, and work so well for me as they don’t have the extra fabric. The weave is comfortable and not scratchy or irritating. They look great and I prefer the fabric “keeper” instead of another metal bar. Perfect for me and my needs. Might as well buy all the colors right away because you’ll be coming back for more!
This is my second watch band from Maratac, the first finally gave up its band retainer, see pic. So I got a great deal on my new band. I will probably trim down the length a bit. Two Thumbs Up!!
I have been using this style strap for years, as I prefer these over the NATO style since they don’t have all the extra hardware and webbing. I can say without a doubt that these are by far the best single pass military style watch straps on the market. I have paid much more for other straps that were nowhere near close in quality. Plus they fit my 8.25” wrist with room to spare.