There are generally two types of watch closures, which are buckles and clasps. Buckles are the classic closures used on watches with leather straps. Clasps, on the other hand, are used on various strap materials including leather, rubber, fabric, titanium, metal and steel. They fold over, and the end is secured by a latch that you can push to lock and pull with your finger to open, or it may be secured by the buckle that comes with a push-button mechanism for unlocking.
Replacement buckles and clasps are available like the ones offered by Omega. If your Omega buckle or clasp breaks, you can easily buy a replacement for it. Both of these closures have their pros and cons. To help you decide if it’s best to stick with the one that initially came with your watch or it’s better to go for the other option, here are their advantages and disadvantages.
Tang buckle pros and cons
- It offers a classic look and feel. The tang buckle is the most popular type of watch closure, so if you prefer the old school and traditional look, you can get it from this one.
- No extra step for fitting. Slip the watch on your wrist, find the perfect fit and insert the pin into the hole of the strap and you’re done. A clasp will require you to find the right fit first and make the necessary adjustment before finally securing it.
- Challenging to wear. If you are not that flexible, it can be challenging to wear a watch with a buckle as you will be using only one hand to do it.
- May cause damage to the strap. Since you are using only one hand, there will be more pressure in pulling the strap to secure the pin in the right place, thus causing damage in the long run.
- Less secured. The buckle can open any time since it has no extra lock feature aside from its pin. If that happens, your watch can fall and break.
Clasps pros and cons
- Easy installation. Installing a clasp is a breeze as you only need to install one end as the other one is adjusted then secured on the strap.
- Simple use. It is ideal for those who are having difficulties putting on a watch with one hand. Determine the right position of its other end, set it, and wear the watch.
- More secure. Even if the clasp accidentally opens, the watch will still be attached to your wrist because of its fold-over feature.
- Less wear and tear on strap. There will be no more pulling of the strap, so it is less prone to damage.
- More expensive. Most clasps are costlier than buckles, although you can find options that are good value if you look around.
- Work on more materials. While buckles can usually work on leather, fabric, and rubber straps, clasps can work on these materials and even more including metal and steel.
- Extra steps for the initial fitting. You need to use trial and error before finding the right fit.
Consider these pros and cons to decide if a buckle or clasp replacement is best for you and your watch.