The Corps Collection

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that something as sturdy, reliable and universally appreciated as the NATO strap has a military background. The NATO Strap debut in the British Ministry of Defence in 1973 as a functional and hardwearing alternative to leather and metal watch strap varieties that were available at the time. Military watch bands had to be hardwearing and secure, and with the additions of spring bars and an added nylon strap, the NATO strap had superior security than the average watch. The NATO strap was initially only available in a 20mm wide ‘Admiralty Grey’ nylon variety, as the style gained popularity the different British military Regiments began producing straps in all manner of Regimental and Corps colours. These Regimental and Corps colours are the origin of the colourful stripes that the NATO strap is now well known for.  

To honor the history and tradition of the NATO strap, GentlemenAF is proud to present the Corps Collection. The Corps Collection features straps bearing the colours of the Corps of the Australian Army.

Current Corps featured include:

Corps of Staff Cadets                                                 

Royal Australian Artillery

Royal Australian Corps of Signals                                

Royal Australian Infantry

Australian Intelligence Corps                                        

Royal Australian Army Ordnance Corps                      

Royal Australian Electrical & Mechanical Engineers

Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps