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A Quick Guide to 5 Types of Watch Clasps and Buckles

Watches are a sophisticated piece of equipment with sometimes hundreds of moving parts powering an array of built-in features. One often overlooked characteristic of a watch is the clasp or closure. When looking at watches, you’re likely to encounter a description of the type of clasp, buckle, or closure used to secure the bracelet or strap. But what does this mean? To the uninitiated, these varieties don’t really make sense simply based on their names, but for avid watch enthusiasts, those small details matter a lot.

If you’re unfamiliar with the topic, let’s look at some of the different types of clasps and buckles that are often seen on luxury watch brands.

Deployant Clasp

Deployants (also called deployment) clasps are common in metal watches as they perfectly fit their aesthetics and mechanism. This type of clasp folds into thirds, allowing for a wide size when putting on or taking off the watch. They come with a variety of features including push-button locks which use a spring-loaded button that the wearer can push to release the lock. Some deployants combine the security of a push-button with a foldover security tab to further ensure they don’t accidentally open when worn. Deployants are quicker to use than other pin types.

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Butterfly Clasp

If you like your clasps more hidden and inconspicuous, the butterfly clasp is for you. A subset of deployant clasps, butterfly clasps close on the wrist, so the mechanism will not be seen on the outer strap. The butterfly clasp earned its name because of the two hinges that unfold to the opposite sides, similar to a butterfly spreading its wings. It’s quite secure since it has not one but two attachment points and promotes a seamless look, which is why it’s the preferred clasp type for many dress watches.

Deployant Clasp

Tang Buckle

This is perhaps the most common type of watch strap with its signature pin that holds and secures the watch to your wrist, similar to a belt buckle. The pin is usually made of stainless steel and is mostly used on leather and textile watch straps. They provide a classic and simple look that’s still dressy. However, when used on leather or fabric straps, the buckle tends to put pressure on the material over time, making it more prone to bending, cracking, and fading over time.

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Other types

Primarily found on ladies watches, a “jewelry clasp” is so-called as it is often used in bracelets and jewelry. The jewelry clasp has two main parts – a latch on one side and an attachment point on the other. The latch hooks the attachment and snaps shut. To release, you simply lift the clasp and unsnap it. If you want a more adjustable clasp, this should be perfect for you. Some jewelry clasps come with a number of openings, so you’ll be able to adjust the fit as needed.

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If you’re looking for something that’s easily adjustable and secure, a Velcro strap is just the right option for you. This is perhaps the simplest to work with compared to the other buckle mechanisms on this list. You simply adjust the length of the strap to your wrist and strap the two sides together. Velcro straps are common on nylon watch bands and can be most often found on sports watches or children’s watches.

Conclusion

When looking for the perfect timepiece for you to wear, this guide should come in handy to help you choose the right clasp and buckle that suits your needs, no matter the situation.

Feldmar Watch Company has been in the business of selling and repairing watches since 1913. We are the leading authorized dealer of luxury watches for men and women in Los Angeles. If you’re looking for luxury watch brands of the highest caliber, Feldmar Watch Company is the place for you. Visit our store page to view the brands we carry.

About The Author: Tom Roth

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Born in Washington state, Tom developed an interest in photography during college at University of San Diego. There, he got started in music journalism, interviewing artists and taking photos at concerts. A life-long tinkerer and collector, it wasn’t long before Tom became fascinated with fountain pens and watches.

Those interests collided in November 2020 when Tom started at Feldmar Watch Company where he lives out every watch geek’s dream: photographing and writing about timepieces. When he’s not tinkering with his watch collection, Tom can be found traveling, biting his nails while watching PNW sports teams, and taking flying lessons.

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