Fans of vintage watches and the aesthetics of the second half of the 20th century must have noticed the particular type of strap on the watches of the legendary actor Paul Newman or Brad Pitt’s character in the recent Tarantino film “Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood.” This type of watch strap is called a Bund strap, and in this article, we’ll explore the Bund in detail, talk about its appearance, benefits, and share interesting historical events and facts.
A Bund Strap is a watch strap that differs from the classic one by the presence of an additional layer of leather between the watch and the arm. Technically, it can be implemented in different ways, but basically there are two types. Fat Strap bunches with a constant width across the girth of the hand, and Tapered, which neatly repeat the silhouette of the watch and look less noticeable and brutal, a bit like the classic watch straps.
First of all, bunds were in demand by the military in unpredictable temperature conditions: flying over clouds in an icy fighter jet or trying to get out of a burning tank required the skin to avoid contact with the metal of the watch. It is also worth noting a common feature of leather: its ability to absorb large amounts of moisture at high temperatures. In this regard, with the partial moisture resistance of the watches produced for the military by the German state, the bund strap effectively prevented sweat from getting into the movement and prevented breakage.