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The Three Best Engineered Clasps for Fine Timepieces

Deployant Buckle on a Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711

Deployant Buckle on a Patek Philippe Nautilus 5711

The fine timepiece industry has developed several clasps for watchbands over the years. So today we are going to look at various of the typical clasps found on luxury timepieces like Rolex, Panerai, Patek Philippe and other fine watch brands.

The Deployant Clasp (Deployment Clasp)

Although the terms Deployment and Deployant are often used interchangeably when referring to the type of clasp which unfolds into thirds and then locks into place with a type of hook latch, it is actually proper to use the word Deployant. It is easy to make this mistake because often fine timepieces owe their heritage to the world armies, navies and military air force groups who would deploy onto the battlefield, and many of them were issued a fine timepiece to coordinate their attacks. For example, for a group Deployment of a regiment of troops, the word “Deployment” would be a proper way to describe these troop movements.

Deployant Buckle on a Rolex Daytona

Deployant Buckle on a Rolex Daytona

Without a doubt the deployant clasp is very popular for many timepieces manufactured worldwide. In the deployant clasp group, there are standard, pushbutton, with safety, and deployant buckle with a diver’s extension.

Each manufacturer has different nuances on how they deliver these clasps. Rubber B pays particular attention to detail so that when designing a bracelet to support a particular watch brand, it must have a perfect fit and abide by stringent standards of excellence.

Rolex Deepsea buckle

Rolex Deepsea buckle

The above Rolex Deepsea buckle has an extension which can help fit the timepiece to the owner both on land and over a wetsuit when diving. Rubber B has engineered and developed an exclusive Strength Infusion Technology to provide upgraded support against friction, weight and frequent micro-adjustments made to the Glidelock Clasp (pictured below). Carbon Fiber molecules are fused within the vulcanized rubber during its mould process, resulting in a substantial increase in vertical and lateral stress resistance, while maintaining supple, flexible comfort around the wearer’s wrist.

Glidelock

Glidelock

The Tang Buckle
The simplest design for buckles is the standard Tang Buckle, made out of 316L Stainless Steel. Tang buckles are widely used and are extremely popular due to their ease in adjustment, strength and durability. The bracelet has several notches allowing the wearer to quickly adjust the band around the wrist and get to the most comfortable fit. The double loop allows the wearer to fit the remaining strap neatly against the strap to prevent flapping. This also adds strength and protection from loss since the tang buckle does not have a safety clasp often found on the deployant buckle. Although this design is quite easy to adjust and comfortable to wear, it is also quite strong. The 316L Stainless Steel is both rust resistant, and extremely strong. However, tang buckles are easy to replace and the wearer could opt to use a tang buckle with his favorite timepiece’s logo emblazoned on the steel notch slide through bar.

Tang Buckle on a Rolex Submariner

Tang Buckle on a Rolex Submariner

The Velcro Alfatex Buckle
Velcro was discovered and invented by a Swiss engineer named George de Mestral in the 1940’s. An avid hunter in the Jura mountains in Switzerland, Mr. de Mestral discovered the cockle-burs were stuck to his pants and dog’s fur and was intrigued about how they attached themselves. He inspected the tiny hooks under a microscope and how they engaged the loops of fabric of his pants. Using nature’s design, he tapped several friends in the weaving business to create what would become the VELCRO brand. Velcro comes from the French words for velvet “velour” and hook “crochet.”

Velcro Strap on a Rolex Submariner

Velcro Strap on a Rolex Submariner

Rubber B has perfected the use of Velcro on fine timepieces by utilizing the strongest and most reliable industrial strength fastener and a Titanium-Enforced Loop. The band is tortion-tested for extreme strength and security. The Velcro® Alfatex® closure provides a comfortable and esthetically pleasing mount. This strap comes with an optional retaining loop. It uses Hand-Sewn GORE-TENARA® Marine Thread providing maximum resistance to UV-rays, atmospheric conditions, & chemicals. It is manufactured with 5 optional sizes, to fit nearly any wrist size.

6 Replacement Straps for the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm

Blue replacement strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm

Blue replacement strap for Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 41mm

The Audemars Piguet company was founded in 1875 by Jules Louis Audemars and Edward August Piguet.  It has a long history of innovation from early pocket watches to the advent of men and ladies pocket watches in spite of great interruption by two world wars and a great depression.  The Royal Oak design was launched in 1972

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41 mm has a case thickness of 9.8 mm and is water resistant up to 150 ft. The calibre 3120 engine contains 40 jewels and  has a 60 hour power reserve.  This version of the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak contains hours, minutes, center seconds and has a date window at 3 o’clock.  The Royal Oak line of watches contains many designs including 18 ct gold, Stainless Steel and pink Gold and stainless steel.  The watch face has various color options including blue, white and black, and an “openworked” option where you can visually see the superb craftsmanship of the watch functioning under the hour, minute and second hands.

The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak line has many case sizes including 33 mm, 37 mm, 39 mm, 41 mm, 41 mm Tourbillon Extra-Thin, and 44 mm. Pictured above is the Royal Oak Chronograph in 41 mm.  The 41 mm also comes with a version with a perpetual calendar and 4 dials, and a more simplistic design below with just the date window at 3 o’clock.  It has multiple bracelet options including leather, steel, gold and mixed gold/steel.

white replacement strap for the audemars piguet royal oak 41mm

White Replacement Strap for the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm

Rubber B has designed 6 replacement straps for the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm.  Rubber B has several color options including Jet Black, Expresso Brown, Arctic White, Mandarin Orange, Navy Blue, and Canary Yellow. These vulcanized rubber straps are engineered to fit the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak (41mm leather strap models only). This rubber strap is perfectly calibrated to mount the Rose Gold Royal Oak and AP deployment buckle found on the leather strap options.

All Rubber B replacement bracelets for the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak are made in Switzerland of pure vulcanized rubber without coating, blends, glues or bonding. These bands have universal fit for wrist sizes XS – XL ( 6.5 – 8.5 inches ).  For more information go to the Rubber B replacement watch band page for the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 41mm page.