When choosing a watch, the bracelet and its clasp system are to be taken into account. While the more classic pin buckle seduces with its simplicity, the folding clasp also has undeniable qualities. To help you see more clearly, let’s explore the specifics of these two types of closures.


The pin buckle is the classic clasp system most commonly found in watchmaking. Its principle is simple: just insert the metal rod in the hole of the bracelet corresponding to the size of the wrist. This buckle is suitable for all watches, except those with rigid steel bracelets. It is, thanks to its asserted sobriety, often acclaimed for its elegance and comfort. In addition, it adapts very well to all arms, even the smallest ones. It is, in fact, possible to adjust the size of the bracelet very precisely. However, it can wear out quickly since it is constantly used. This is the only drawback that we note with the pin buckle!

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The folding clasp is more sophisticated than the pin buckle. Indeed, it is articulated. The metal clasp unfolds when you open it and folds down when you want to attach the watch. It has the advantage of protecting it from any risk of accidental fall. Thus, if the bracelet opens unexpectedly, the two parties never separate. The main inconvenience of this buckle can be a certain discomfort because it is not necessarily well suited to very thin wrists. Note that there are two kinds of folding clasps for a watch:

  • Simple: it is made up of a single “v” joint. It opens and closes with a push button.
  • Double: it has two joints. Thus the bracelet unfolds and folds in two stages.

These two clasp systems therefore each have their advantages and disadvantages. Now it’s up to you to decide which one best suits your tastes and desires!