The Beta White Haveston IVA
In the days of the Gemini and Apollo missions, NASA equipped each of their astronauts with an Omega Speedmaster. Space and time were reunited once again, literally. In a time of technological advancement, the famous watch was strapped onto the outside of the space suit using a long black and velcro strap. That’s it! With their suits off, the astronauts simply wrapped it around their wrist twice. Nothing fancy here, just a straight up tool watch and a genius idea.
Fifty-some years later, we are introduced to the Haveston IVA (Intra-Vehicular Activity) strap. Offered in two colors, Lunar Grey and Beta White, we get an option for us earthbound space traveling dreamers.
Today we have the Beta White strap which is appropriately named after the material used for space suits (Beta cloth) and the distinguishable white coloration of NASA space suits.
The brilliant white nylon contrasts nicely with the black velcro. The hardware is a bead blasted metal loop and Haveston also included two rubber keepers to keep things nice and tidy. The strap differs slightly in build from the original design by having the nylon back the entire length of the velcro. This provides a soft touch against the skin compared to the scratchy feel of exposed velcro. The double layer of material also provides a more durable and rigid feel. The velcro is dense and has a strong grip and a nice good rip. This strap won’t come unfastened easily. The stitching throughout is superb with no loose ends.
On the hook end of the strap is printed with the part number and serial number:
These are stylized to replicate the numerals on the NASA issued straps but adding their own personal touch (instead of SEB, Haveston replaced it with HAV).
While a very well built strap, there are some minor nitpicks. Unlike other straps they make, we don’t have an option of polished hardware here so finishing between the strap and watch might differ. I found no use for the rubber keepers as there was no excess strap that needed it; everything fastened without needing the extra security. The two layers of material might be thick for people. This becomes evident when you can’t easily slip the strap through the case and spring bars (I had to attach the spring bars after placing the strap against the case back).
Overall, I think this is another outstanding product by Haveston. By adding this strap to their collection, we get a diverse range of products for all genres of watches and preferences. This is done tastefully in the style of the original NASA Velcro strap while modernizing for comfort and fit. It's versatile enough to wear on any space watch and any tool watch that's up to the task!
All photos by: Shawn T
More on the Haveston IVA here.