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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.

Rubber B – Red Watch Straps for Valentine’s Day

Red watchband for the Tudor Blackbay

Red watchband for the Tudor Blackbay

Get in the spirit this Valentine’s Day by showing off your Swiss Made red watch bands by Rubber B.  Red watchbands are a stunning accompaniment to watches of all makes and models.  Combining a red watch band with a watch that has a black dial or bezel is sure to catch some attention.  Pictured above is a two-toned watch band manufactured for the Tudor Black Bay.  This watchband has a jet black outer band and in inner red layer.  The watch band supports the Tudor Bay deployant clasp. 

Red Band for the Rolex Daytona

Red Band for the Rolex Daytona

Rubber B has developed several red watchbands for the Rolex line of timepieces including the popular Rolex Daytona.  Several Rolexes come with a touch of red inside the dial or on the hands themselves.  In this Rolex, we can see a feint “Daytona” written in red on the dial.  Many of the “Red Daytona’s” are imprinted with a darker and more distinct red print and match beautifully with the red wrist band.

Red watchband for the Panerai Luminor 1950 44mm

Red watchband for the Panerai Luminor 1950 44mm

The Panerai Luminor with black dial and steel case looks stunning with a red wristband.  Red and black seem to be made for each other, creating a sensual dance of timeless beauty and exotic romance.  It is a combination that one can quickly fall in love with.

Yachtmaster 2 with blue and red band

Yachtmaster 2 with blue and red band

Rubber B designed a new style of watchband which contains a base color and (blue base pictured above) a red stripe.  This unique combination watch band is both elegant and sporty.  If there are touches of red within the bezel or dial, the vulcromatic watchband can tie together the red coloring within the band itself.   The Rolex GMT Master has red on the bezel and on its 24 hour hand.  The Rolex Yachtmaster II (pictured above) offsets the blue bezel with red hands.  The Rolex Sea Dweller and Rolex Daytona both use red lettering to identify the style of watch on the dial.

Red bracelets with Alligator Leather

Red bracelets with Alligator Leather

Rubber B has developed the above watch bands to support many timepieces regardless of brand.  These are developed with two-tone colors, a black leather on top and red rubber layer underneath.  The black leather is available in either genuine alligator or full grain leather.  These watch bands fit 18 mm, 20 mm and 22 mm lug sizes.

As with all fine timepieces, Rubber B is the highest quality Swiss Made alternative strap in the market. Rubber B straps are engineered to achieve a perfect fit that will seamlessly adapt to your timepiece’s specifications on the case and clasp giving your watch a complete original manufacturer’s appearance combined with longer daily wearability and athletic activities.

These alternative watch straps are made in Switzerland of pure vulcanized rubber with no coatings, blends or bonding. Completely hand finished at the factory, they are engineered to fit various wrist sizes. For more information on Rubber B Swiss Made models visit our “Products” tab on our home page.

Luxury Tuxedo Velour Rubber B Strap for Rolex

Tuxedo Velour Rubber B Straps for Rolex

Tuxedo Velour Rubber B Straps for Rolex Midsize & Ladies Models

The products developed by Rubber B are always on the cutting edge of luxury innovation. The straps from our Tuxedo Velour collection are no exception. Swiss made from 100% vulcanized rubber, they achieve the look and feel of velour while remaining waterproof and safe for swimming and sunbathing.

We currently offer Tuxedo Velour straps for Rolex Midsize and Ladies models in the Rubber B e-Boutique. If you own an Oyster Perpetual or Datejust model with a case size of 31mm or 34mm, you can add a sophisticated touch to it without sacrificing utility. Like every other rubber strap we manufacture, these straps are free of bonds, blends or coatings.

In addition to their resistance to the elements of daily wear, the straps from the Tuxedo Velour collection are micro-calibrated for a flawless fit onto the watch case. The gap-free, motionless fit is the result of ‘blocked integration’ engineering. A 316l tang buckle secures the strap, sizes to fit universal wrist sized from 5.25 to 7.25 inches.

If your plans for spring include time outdoors as well as formal affairs, this is the strap for you. There is no need to choose between elegance and sports utility with a Tuxedo Velour strap. Visit rubberb.com to check out our entire collection of straps for Rolex, including Midsize and Ladies models. We ship worldwide within 24-48 hours with expedited shipping available.

Rubber B: Maker of the Ultimate Rubber Watch Straps

Rubber B: Maker of the Ultimate Rubber Strap

Rubber B: Maker of the Ultimate Rubber Watch Straps

At Rubber B, an American company, we are proud to be the first manufacturer to design vulcanized rubber watch straps that are micro-calibrated to fit your favorite wristwatch models. Using ‘Blocked-Integration’ engineering, our straps are constructed to precisely fit the models they are designed for. This maintains the beauty and integrity of the timepiece while offering the wearer the flexibility and comfort of a rubber strap.

Manufactured in Switzerland using the same quality of materials used by the world’s leading watchmakers, our straps offer a unique and comfortable alternative to metal bracelets and NATO straps. Our current collection features watch bands designed for Rolex, Panerai, Patek Philippe and Tudor (coming soon) models. They come with either a 316L tang buckle or incorporate the deployant clasp that comes with the timepiece.

In addition to offering the ultimate in quality, our straps open the door for athletes, divers and outdoor enthusiasts to take their favorite wristwatch with them on any adventure without compromising its classic luxury aesthetic. Our reputation is built upon the lifetime experience of our customers with our products. A passion for luxury innovation still motivates us to expand our collections to offer Rubber B straps for more luxury watches every year.

Visit rubberb.com to shop our e-Boutique 24/7 from anywhere in the world. We ship within 24-48 hours with expedited shipping available.

Rubber B: A Timeless Love Affair

Stills from A Timeless Love Affair: A Short Film by Rubber B

A Timeless Love Affair: A Short Film by Rubber B

At Rubber B, we are motivated by passion first and foremost. We developed all of our product lines with lovers of luxury timepieces in mind. Our goal is to allow our customers to embark on any adventure around the world without having to worry about the watches on their wrists.

While Swiss watchmakers focus on creating classic timepieces, we focus on adding a touch of modern beauty to them with our Swiss made vulcanized rubber straps. We not only use the best quality materials for our watch bands, we also focus on maintaining the luxury aesthetic of the timepieces they are designed for. This relationship between beauty and the freedom that our straps provide for our customers inspired our short film, A Timeless Love Affair.

A story of enduring affection and undeniable attraction, the film takes you on a journey through land and sea as lovers find each other under the setting sun. Was it all a fantasy? Watch to find out by visiting rubberb.com or our YouTube Channel.