Spotlight on: the Daniel Wellington Nato style watch

Men have a weakness for watches and, as luck would have it, there are some truly beautiful timepieces on the market to choose from this spring but for those looking for the most on-trend wrist accessory this year, a glance in the direction of the NATO strap would be well advised.

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The style boasts a rich military history. It was worn particularly by the British Navy in the 1970s who would fasten it over their wetsuits to avoid rusting. Since then it has continued to gather pace and now is a mainstay of the horological industry seen on watches of wildly different price tags from Timex styles that cost very little right through to the crème de la crème of Rolex.

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The key features of a NATO strap is the durable and bold striped nylon. While you may not have known its name, you'll almost certainly have seen one  - most notably on Sean Connery's arm in Goldfinger.

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One brand synonymous with the style is Daniel Wellington. Founded by Filip Tysander, he named the company after a chance meeting with a particularly stylish British fellow, yes it was Daniel Wellington, who he met whilst travelling and fell in love with his style and, in particular, his NATO watch straps.

"NATO straps are fun and functional and have a great story behind them," Tysander explains. "They're strong and waterproof, easy to dress up as well as down and just like our leather straps they're interchangeable; you can switch the style with your mood." 

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Daniel Wellington watches are available in Fenwick Canterbury, Colchester and Kingston.

By Leo Davie