DRIVEN’s cool-as-hell correspondent James Lamdin offers some tips on giving your wrist candy a boost this season:

Looking for a way to add some spice to your summer wardrobe without breaking the bank?

Already own a killer watch?

Simple. Lose the stock bracelet and go with a NATO strap.

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These awesome nylon straps have been used by the armed forces (and one well-known British secret agent) for decades as an alternative band in the field.

Even if you’re not lobbing grenades at the Viet Cong or bedding Pussy Galore, NATO straps are an excellent way to get more functionality out of your timepiece in the warmer weather, while also giving you an array of new style options.

Originally styled with Regimental Colors, NATO straps can now be had in a wide variety of colors and patterns to best suit your outfit—just take a look at a few we strapped on to the pieces in our collection.

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They improve the feel of the watch on your wrist, can be had in quantity for any occasion and are as sharp as hell!

Oh, and ladies love them.

No, really.

Have you ever been bummed that your hot date didn’t appreciate the vintage Submariner or GMT strapped to your wrist?

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Put it on a brightly colored NATO and try again.

It’s insane.

For the best combo of quality straps and ridiculously good prices, our advice is to go with Crown & Buckle.

Pick up a few. Or a dozen.

Or a baker’s dozen.  We did…

Well Dressed Wrists of Summer

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