There’s nothing like the feel and appearance of a good wristwatch. Simply adding a watch to your outfit can add a bit of elegance. All watch enthusiasts have their preferred watch styles they love to wear. Some people stick to the traditional leather watches while others like more modern electric watches. One of the great things about buying watches is that you’re always going to get a useful product that fits into your collection, and this is probably why many people choose to keep a collection of watches as a hobby.
When most watch enthusiasts go to the shop to buy a new watch, they tend to look at different watch bands and types of available dials. But have you ever wondered about the more intricate details of the watch, like the buckle, for instance? This little object is one that we don’t think about much, but it plays an essential role in nearly every wristwatch in use.
So How did the Humble Watch Buckle First Begin?
It’s unclear when this item was first created, but we know that the Romans used buckles to secure their armor when they went into battle. Eventually, these tools started being used for various other purposes, like clothing and securing certain goods into place during transportation. Belts were one of the most prominent clothing items that utilized the buckle and continue to be an essential part of our wardrobe to this day. By the time the wristwatch was discovered, buckles had been around for quite a while. Slowly, people realized that they were also the perfect tool to secure the two ends of the watchband.
Not much has changed with the design of the basic watch buckle that we use. However, there have been different types of buckles and clasps that have been created. The primary difference between buckles and clasps in watches is that a buckle generally consists of a single piece locking into the band’s fabric, and a clasp is a mechanism that joins both of the sides of the watchband. But which one of these is the best for you? To figure this out, we’ll need to look at a few different types of buckles first.
Types of Buckles and Clasps that are Available
There are many different buckles available simply because wristwatches have been around for a long time. However, we’ve listed some of the most popular watch buckles that you may be interested in adding to your collection:
Pin Buckle or the Tang Buckle:
If you go to any watch shop and ask for a basic watch, you’re probably going to get a tang or a pin buckle. This buckle resembles the original buckles that have been in use for a long time. It has a hook attached to a ‘pin’ (hence the name Pin buckle), which fits into the main structure of the buckle. When the watch needs to be attached, the opposite watch band end goes through the buckle and the hook enters one of the holes punched into the fabric and holds the watch in place. The tang buckle’s versatile nature means that it is one of if not the most widely used watch buckle in the world.
Deployment buckle or deployment clasp:
The deployment clasp is quite a unique clasp because it has many different types. In general, all deployment clasps open up when the watch band needs to be removed. Therefore this clasp is a mechanism that joins both sides of the band. Some deployment clasps like the fold-over clasp have only a single hinge, while others, like the push-button deployment clasp, have two hinges and open up with the help of a button. Although these are most often found on metal watches, they can also be attached to cloth bands made of other materials.
As the name suggests, this clasp is typically found on many jewelry bracelets. Most watches that have this clasp are quite flashy and tend to be perfect for distinguished events. The jewelry clasp has a metal type of hook that locks into a mechanism on the other side of the watchband. The great thing about this clasp is that it is quite easy to attach, and it generally looks very classy, making it a perfect complement to any elegant outfit.
Watches are extremely useful in a variety of different jobs. Unfortunately, the tang buckle and many other watch buckles tend to come out easily when the user is doing a strenuous activity. Diving includes swimming in deep waters, which means that the person also risks losing their watch if it comes off. That’s where the diver clasp comes in handy. This is made up of a double locking mechanism that has two hinges. When this mechanism is closed, it is properly locked into place in two different locations at both ends of the clasp. This means that this clasp isn’t going to come undone easily.
Which Watch Buckle or Clasp is the Best for you?
You need to choose a watch that suits your lifestyle. Some watch buckles are primarily known for their sleek appearance, while others have a more practical use. Pin buckles are amazing general buckles that you can wear everywhere you go. Although pin buckles are extremely popular, owing to their beautifully simple design, clasps are an excellent way to add a touch of finesse to your watch band. Few elegant watch pieces have a jewelry clasp, and these are more suited for special occasions. Others like the deployment clasp are great all-purpose buckles that have different types. You’ll need to look into the one that fits your style the best. Diver clasps are great for heavy-duty wear when you want a secure fit.
Hopefully, this article has given you a better idea of what to look for in your next watch. Different watches are all unique in their own way. Make sure to choose what fits you best!