Thanks to all who pre-ordered!
The pre-order phase for our JB Band is now over and we still are expecting to start shipping at the end of November. Check back periodically for updates! We are trying to get more stock for the end of November and will keep everyone updated.
The Forstner Komfit "JB" Mesh Watch Band
Forstner is re-releasing its most iconic product, the "Komfit" mesh watch band, worn famously by many astronauts during the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo space programs. We've dubbed this band the "JB" in honor of the Jacoby Bender version that also helped popularize the model.
We've honored the original design to ensure that it still has all the characteristics that gave vintage versions the cult following they deserved, including the unique mesh style, the quick adjustment that allows for a perfect fit, and the interesting clasp. We improved some things as well, in particular, making the band fit perfectly the watch with which it was typically worn in the 1960s -- the Omega Speedmaster. No longer is there a "gap" between the end link and the watch lugs; the band is now adjustable between 16 and 20mm (instead of the prior 16-19mm). And, the band is slightly wider at 16mm vs. 15mm in the prior version, to accommodate the wider end piece and fit more contemporary proportions.
Pre-Orders are no longer being taken for the initial wave of stock, which we still expect to start shipping at the end of November. We’re getting additional stock in ASAP!
The Komfit Band
The Komfit/JB band was designed first and foremost to be easily adjustable, flexible, and capable of fitting just about anyone. Strapped to the wrist one moment, it could be resized in seconds, or, in the case of emergency, removed with the flick of a finger. As a result, NASA astronauts were permitted to wear the bracelet, and they routinely did so during the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo periods. Like the watch with which it was often worn (the Omega Speedmaster), the Komfit/JB band quickly became synonymous with the early NASA space programs.
However, the brand (and band style) was lost to time; Forstner and Jacoby Bender (which later adopted the style) closed their doors and for decades only vintage models could be sparsely found at exorbitant secondhand prices--until now.
Highlights of the Komfit/JB Band Throughout History
Photos Courtesy of NASA