To some contemporary consumers, the vintage hook and loop tape 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 While it is understood that the SEB12100030 specification is a historical document, it is not always appreciated how much we take for granted modern materials and construction methods in making a quality strap.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.
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?
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