Hanks have always been a classic staple in the gentleman’s everyday carry. They have a lot of purpose, still to this day, and if you aren’t already carrying one as part of your everyday carry (EDC) you’re missing out.
I must admit that I find myself missing the Orion Hellcat. I spent about 2 weeks with the burgundy-dialed variant and truly enjoyed every minute with it. The size and proportions of the watch are pretty much perfect in my opinion and I think this design will speak to a wide range of watch enthusiasts. Nick at Orion set out to create a pilot watch with the Hellcat, but I think he did something more than that.
The NATO-style watch strap began as an innovation made for the armed forces by the British Ministry of Defense in 1973. The military needed a strap that was versatile, secure, and could handle spring bar failures no matter what the troops threw at it. The solution: using a one length nylon strap which wrapped underneath the watch case twice that offered resistance against ripping and tearing in the field.