Deployment buckles uncomfortable on larger bands?
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    Deployment buckles uncomfortable on larger bands?

    So I just picked up a SevenFriday P2/1. Great looking watch. Not a big fan of their straps though. Feel rather cheap. Talking to Combat Straps about having a custom made. He recommended I go with a tang buckle rather than a deployment. Said the deployments feel rather uncomfortable on wider bands. Anyone have this experience? Personally I like the style of deployments much more. Any input welcome.

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    Re: Deployment buckles uncomfortable on larger bands?

    ​Personally, I would advise a deployment clasp if possible with any strap, it prolongs the life of a strap over using a buckle.

    Alot of strap makers, as in Combat Straps, predominately make straps in excess of 4mm which do not make the best thickness to suit a deployment, but do still fit.
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    Re: Deployment buckles uncomfortable on larger bands?

    I use butterfly deployants on all of my straps. My largest is on a 5mm thick 22mm wide Kain Heritage and I do not find it at all uncomfortable. Frankly, I've seen some massive tang clasps that protrude and look more uncomfortable to me. I've found that Hadley Roma butterfly accommodates a 5mm thick strap. Timepiecerepublic on ebay lists deployants for thick straps, up to 5.5mm thick.

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    Re: Deployment buckles uncomfortable on larger bands?

    Every individual will have his or her own tastes, but i think WatchObsession nailed it.

    That SevenFriday watch will look and fit fine on a deployment if that is your preference - just ask the custom maker to taper the long end of the strap a bit. If it is, say, 4mm at the lugs, just tapering the thickness down to 2.5/3mm from the lug end to the tail end will make all the difference in the world.

    As far as I'm concerned, even though they look great, MOD type buckles provide the least comfort. I have 2 straps with them and wear them all the time, but they sacrifice more comfort than anything else i've tried. Again, they look like a Boss though.
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    Re: Deployment buckles uncomfortable on larger bands?

    I have a 24mm deployant on one of my Panerai straps and it feels and fits just fine. Some of the really thick custom straps are sometimes a challenge, depending on the clasp, but the generic butterfly deployants tend to be designed to accommodate thicker straps.

    As was said above, the greatest benefit of a deployant is that it will probably extend the life of your strap by a factor of 3-4X. A Tang buckle puts a lot of wear and tear on a stap.

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    Re: Deployment buckles uncomfortable on larger bands?

    Thanks for the insight. These were my thoughts exactly. Considering the strap is made from Louis Vuiton leather I wanted to get as much longevity out of it as I can. Will post pics when it's done.

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    Re: Deployment buckles uncomfortable on larger bands?

    I had a butterfly on a 24mm, 4mm thick strap to match the watch and it was very comfy, but a combat clasp would be the best security.
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