Watches come in a wide range of different types of watch clasps. From buckles, to velcro, deployment clasps and more.
In this blog post we’ll take you through the top 6 most popular types of watch clasps you’ll find on wristwatches today.
We’ll even give you a breakdown of the top pros and cons of the different types of watch clasps. Which will help you decide which watch clasp is right for you.
Types Of Watch Clasps Comparison
Here is a handy comparison chart of the pros and cons of each type of watch clasp.
|Type of |
|Can extend the life of straps|
Keeps watch secure
|Can look bulky on the underside|
Safety Strap Clasp
|Keeps watch extra secure on your wrist||Can look bulky on the underside|
(Hidden Deployant Clasp)
|Easy to use|
Helps maintain leather straps
|Can prove difficult to use by some|
|Affordable watch closure|
|Will wear out your leather strap|
|Slim, small and discrete||Not very secure|
|Easy to use|
Different Types Of Watch Clasps
Here are the top 6 different types of watch clasps that are used today to secure your watch to your wrist.
1. Deployant Clasp
Also known as the deployant buckle or a folding clasp.
This watch clasp was invented by Louis Cartier in 1910. Who was the grandson of the French watchmaker Louis-François Cartier, who founded the Cartier brand.
Déployant in French means to unfold or to extend.
It’s an expandable metal clasp fastens your watch to your wrist. This type of clasp can be found on metal straps as well as leather straps.
The deployant clasp is great for extending the life of your leather straps. As you don’t need to bend your straps into place each time you put on and take off your watch.
Check out this video below explaining how the deployant watch works on a watch with a leather timepiece.
2. Safety Strap Clasp
A safety strap clasp is often referred to as a security strap clasp.
This clasp works in the same way as the deployant clasp. Except it has that extra layer of security. Which is the fold over catch that holds the deployant in place.
Keeping your timepiece even more secure. This clasp is often used on dive watches.
3. Butterfly Clasp
A butterfly clasp is also called a hidden deployant clasp.
Each side folds into the center when you are fastening it. And both sides fold out when you’re unfastening your clasp.
This folding and unfolding of both sides is like the wings of a butterfly.
Butterfly clasps are found on metal watch bracelets. As it can offer a secure and streamlined look.
However, the butterfly clasp is also a great clasp for protecting your leather straps.
It does this by ensuring you no longer need to bend the leather into an Ardillon or Tang buckle to secure your watch. Therefore protecting your expensive leather straps.
Also this watch clasp is ideal for those who have wide hands but with slim wrists. As this clasp opens out the most, while also keeping its size.
4. Tang Buckle
Also known as the Ardillon buckle or Pin buckle. This is the most common type of buckle used to secure leather and fabric straps.
This works exactly like a belt, except on your wrist.
However, this watch buckle has a big disadvantage.
Every time you take your watch off and put it on. You’re bending the strap. If you have a leather watch this can cause the leather to eventually wear out and break.
The video below will show you how to replace your tang buckle with a deployant clasp instead.
5. Jewelry Clasp
The jewelry clasp is not common in high-end watch brands.
However, the jewelry clasp can be often seen with brands who specialize in jewelry watches or women’s watches.
It is just a simple clasp, most often found on a bracelet style watch.
6. Velcro Strap
A Velcro strap will usually only be used on watch straps made of fabric. Like NATO straps for example.
Velcro can be seen more often in military or sports watches.
The best thing about Velcro is that it is a super easy way to secure your watch to your wrist. The size can always be adjusted without having to change the strap.
It also gives your watch a cool rugged look. Perfect for an outdoor tool watch.
To Sum Up
This article outlines the most popular watch clasps you’ll use to keep your watch secure on your wrist.
Find out more about the different types of watches in our guide.