Ever found your pin-buckled watch a tad difficult to put on, especially when you’re in a hurry? At times there is this worry that you might just lose grip and drop it whilst trying to put it on.
It would be nice if all watches came fitted with a deployant buckle or clasp buckle by default. Can this deployant buckle be retrofitted? The short answer is, YES they can!
The deployant buckle, or known in brevity amongst people in the watch know-how as DB, is commonly seen on more expensive watches.
The misnomer deployment is often used, but the more accurate term is deployant, from the French word déployer. They make watches easier to put on, and these watches can be taken off just as quickly as they are worn.
Today we are going to explore converting a pin buckle to a deployant buckle on a watch leather strap.
“They make watches easier to put on, and these watches can be taken off just as quickly as they are worn.”
First you will need to determine the width between the watch lugs to purchase a leather strap of the correct size (if you need to replace a steel bracelet or worn strap), and deployant buckle of the correct size (based on the width at the buckle end of the leather strap in use).
See the links at the bottom of this page to source for this, and assuming you have acquired them, read on.
Converting Pin Buckle to Deployant Buckle on the Leather Strap
NOTE: I DO NOT SUGGEST YOU CUT THE LEATHER STRAP AS SHOWN ABOVE, UNLESS YOU ARE VERY CERTAIN AND UNDERSTAND EXACTLY THE CONSEQUENCES OF THIS. IT IS BETTER TO LEAVE THE STRAP AS IT IS, ESPECIALLY IF THE LEATHER STRAP IS VALUABLE AND EXPENSIVE.
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DEPLOYANT BUCKLE AND WATCH BAND
LEATHER STRAP WITH DEPLOYANT BUCKLE OR CLASP
DEPLOYANT BUCKLE OR FOLDING CLASP
PRECAUTION: WHEN CHOOSING AND PURCHASING STRAPS AND BUCKLES, ALWAYS BE SURE TO DETERMINE THE CORRECT SIZE TO FIT THE LUGS ON YOUR WATCH. MOST STRAPS HAVE DIFFERENT WIDTHS AT LUG END AND BUCKLE END DUE TO THE NATURAL TAPERING OF THE STRAP, OFTEN DIFFERING BY 2 MM ESPECIALLY WITH LEATHER STRAPS. MEASURE ACCURATELY WITH A RULER BEFORE PURCHASING. IF THIS PROJECT SOUNDS LIKE A LOT OF WORK FOR YOU, YOU MAY JUST PROCEED AND BUY STRAPS PRE-FITTED WITH DEPLOYANT BUCKLES GIVEN BELOW:
Rubber and Leather Strap Pre-fitted with Deployant Buckle