Before you make your choices on what straps to buy for your MVMT watch, we think it’s prudent you research the different clasps styles. Some are mere functional in nature. Others are meant to be stylish. Whatever you choose, it’s definitely one of the perks from owning an MVMT watch – the ability to interchange between strap types.
A wristwatch can be a deceptively simple device but it is composed of several intricate parts and mechanisms some of which you probably aren’t quite familiar with. If you’ve read our Original Grain Guide, it becomes even more complicated because you have wood and steel to deal with.
So today, in a bid to delve deeper into the world of watchmaking, we shall be looking at an essential yet often overlooked component of the gadget known as the watch clasp.
Under our dissection table today are the various types of watch clasps:
Arguably the simplest of its kind, the jewelry clasp is the go-to clasp for a host of bracelets. Its design encompasses a bar over which the latch closes in one snapping motion. It also opens in a similar manner as well by lifting the snap from its closing position around the latch bar.
While this clasp is popular across the divide, it is usually adopted majorly for the design of ladies dress watches. Another variation of the clasp is the jewelry clasp with a push button that is indistinguishable from the former in every way but for the secure push button that now governs release and locking.
The butterfly clasp earns its name for its wing-esque folding mechanism. When open it extends with two equal portions spreading out on either side of the midpoint pin so that it looks like the spread out wings of a butterfly. When closed however, one part seamlessly slates into the other and the pair disappears into perfect synergy along the band architecture. It is hidden from view when folded hence why this type of clasp is also often referred to as the hidden clasp.
The upside with this clasp is that it easy to close and open because of the absence of holes. Moreover, it is a perfect accompaniment for leather watch bands as it enhances longevity since it keeps wear and tear to a minimum. While the hidden clasp is usually compatible with most bands, the tube length needs to be a perfect fit. Also, it is not appropriate for watches with metal bands.
This clasp is structurally divided into a trio of parts and unfolds throughout the length of its three parts allowing the wearer to easily get it over the girth of the hand before locking it in place with a minute latch that looks like a hook.
This design however has one shortcoming as the clasp could inadvertently release at the tag of the band which necessitated the inception of the push button deployment clasp. To get around the design flaw of its predecessor, this alteration incorporates pinch-release buttons on the clasp’s sides that prevent accidental releases.
Another alteration comes in the form of a fold-over safety clasp otherwise known as a deployment clasp with safety, which includes a fold-over closure that enhances the security of the folding release and locking clasp. It combines the latching locking mechanism with the exterior folding clasp to provide reinforced grip.
The double locking fold-over clasp completes the trio of the deployment clasp category with this version proving an upgrade of its two preceding counterparts. Its double button lock coupled with a secure post provides unrivalled security.
Toggles are not your ordinary clasps and as such, they are seldom used in watches and are as a result hard to come by. In fact, they are mostly used in costume or chain bracelets. The design features a ring closure on one end of the bracelet through which a bar slates to lock.
Straps are often used interchangeably with buckles and while the latter is pitted as different from its clasp counterparts, buckle clasps have also been accepted as a variety of the clasp category. The buckle clasp is akin to your ordinary waist belt buckle where a pin resides within the confines of a loop and the locking mechanism is a traditional pin to hole design.
Another variation of the buckle clasp is the hook buckle or lobster claw clasp which, as evident from its name, resembles the outstretched claw of a lobster. It is synonymous with chain bracelets and the design includes the hook or claw that grips the last link on the counter side of the band.
Here is an informative video for more information on the various types of watch clasps out there:
Well, there you have it folks, some of the most common types of clasps for your watches. While each has its own advantages over the other, the final choice is generally down to your personal preference and of course, your watch type. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out the various product reviews. Happy shopping!