I can think of a few other reasons why the Bund Strap is designed the way it is, beside the support idea.
*burn protection*- leather between watch and skin reduces burn problems in case of cockpit fire. Leather is much more resistant to fire than nylon or fabric, and is a poorer heat conductor than metal.
legibility - the black rim of the strap nicely frames the watch face and may improve legibility and help pilots read the time more quickly.
reliable location - most watch straps allow the watch to move around on the wrist - hampering your ability to quickly locate and read the dial. The Bund strap centers the watch on your wrist (tabs on the back peice wrap nicely over edges of wrist) and should help keep the watch where you want it.
elevation - having the watch up a bit from the wrist helps prevent the cuff of your flight suit (or flight gloves) from sliding over the top of the watch and obscuring the face. This is important if your hands are busy doing other things - like flying a plane - and you can't pull back the cuff to see the watch dial.
I think this is a well-conceived design for flying, and many of its basic benefits would apply to other military applications.
Posted on Dec 31, 2001, 10:09 AM from IP address 184.108.40.206