How to Use a Deployment Clasp

Written by laura dixon
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Many wristwatches these days are closed using a sleek metal closure known as a deployment clasp. This newer style of clasp is not only favoured for its aesthetic value, but because it is generally easy to open and close, and can feel more comfortable against the wrist than a standard buckle. Though using this clasp may seem tricky at first, it will likely become second nature to you after frequent use. Read on for the tips to get started.

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  • Wristwatch with deployment clasp

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  1. 1

    Slide the unbuckled watch over your wrist with the watch face facing upward.

  2. 2

    Turning your wrist so that the underside is facing up, make sure that the deployment clasp is open and unfolded with the joined end (or both ends if it is a double-locking version) of the clasp away from the wrist.

  3. 3

    Close the clasp by folding one or both sides over to lock into the centre groove.

  4. 4

    Push the deployment clasp or clasps down until they lock into place and make a brief clicking sound.

  5. 5

    Unlock the deployment clasp by pulling the folded-over side(s) up and away from the wrist. If using a push-button deployment clasp, push the small side button in to quickly release the clasp and slide the watchband off of the wrist.

Tips and warnings

  • Just about any watch, regardless of its material, can be accentuated with a deployment clasp. Consult with your local watch repairman or jeweller shop to find the best fit for your watchband.
  • Many bracelets can also be outfitted with deployment clasps for a comfortable and convenient closure.
  • Do not choose a deployment clasp to add on to your watch without first measuring the thickness of the watch strap and the deployment clasp's hoop section. It is important for the watchband size to match up to the clasp for it to fit your wrist.

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