Authentic NASA Velcro Watchbands

Wearing vintage Velcro loop tape for watchbands

Wearing vintage Velcro loop tape for watchbands

To some contemporary consumers, the vintage Velcro used confounds expectations. While it is understood that the SEB12100030 specification is a historical document, it is not always appreciated how much we take for granted modern materials and construction methods in making a quality strap. Quality, that is, if the criteria is "hard wearing", but not if the desire is being as authentic as possible.

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Who made the original Velcro bands for NASA?

Who made the original Velcro bands for NASA?

One can read a lot of thoughts on watch forums about the provenance of NASA Velcro watchbands for the Omega Speedmaster, and many assume genuine OMEGA supplied ones were used on the U.S. space program. But to what extent did the companies most associated with the straps (Omega Watch Co. and American Velcro Inc.) have in making the real straps?

 

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The significance of P/N and S/N on NASA items

The significance of P/N and S/N on NASA items

I don't do logos, I try to keep it real. There is no "strap line" for these straps, just the authentic part and serial numbers, typed or stamped. So what do they mean? Quite a bit, as it turns out. But before diving in, some context: why the numbers to begin with?

There's a quick answer to that - superficially, the part numbers were controlling what went

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NASA-JSC design drawing SEB12100030 and associated component military specifications

NASA-JSC design drawing SEB12100030 and associated component military specifications

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