Rolex clasp types – read before you buy replacement leather strap for Rolex

Different types of Rolex clasps need different leather watch strap

Rolex clasp types : Rolex Submariner, GMT, Daytona, Datejust, Sky-Dweller, Celline, and other Rolex watches model have different clasps.

When we purchase a replacement leather strap for our Rolex watches, you would need to make sure the leather strap fits your current buckle. Be sure to read this blog before you purchase Rolex watch band

-What kind of leather strap should I buy for my Rolex watch? 

You may not know that even the same Rolex watch may use different types of buckle. Please check the Rolex clasp types instructions below, be sure to check carefully before you purchase a replacement Rolex leather watch band. If you think there are more Rolex watch buckle types, please let us know, and we will fulfill the buckle instructions.

If could, please send us a picture of your Rolex clasp type to us, back and front, so we can make sure the custom leather watch strap you purchased would fit your Rolex watch.

If you are unsure about which types of Rolex replacement bands you should buy, please feel free to contact us.  Decoding Watch Clasp Types: How Different Clasps Can Distinguish Watch Brands

Rolex clasp types - Guide to Rolex buckle types

Rolex Cellini buckle types

Type 1, Rolex pin buckle / Tang buckle

Type 2, deployment buckle.

If you would like the watch clasp in the center, The leather strap length will be different according to different types of clasps.

Rolex Cellini buckle type

Rolex Submariner Clasp

Rolex Glidelock clasp

  • The Glidelock clasp is mostly used on Rolex’s dive watches like the Submariner, DeepSea Sea-Dweller, and Sea-Dweller.
  • The Glidelock clasp is much longer than most other Rolex clasps, but there is a good reason for this, which is to make room for the Glidelock mechanism inside the clasp.
  • The Glidelock clasp is made for diving, and more specifically, to be able to adjust the bracelet to fit it on the outside of a swimsuit. This clasp allows you to adjust the size of the bracelet by about 20 mm in 2 mm increments.

Rolex Submariner 16610 old clasp buckle

What’s the difference between the Rolex Submariner Glidelock Clasp and the Rolex Deepsea Glidelock Clasp?

The Submariner Glidelock clasp can only extend about 10-15mm max.

Rolex submariner glidelock clasp function
Rolex Submariner Glidelock clasp

The Sea-Dweller Glidelock clasp can extend about 20-25mm. Not only slide out, but you can also open the folded buckle underneath.

Rolex Deepsea glide lock clasp function
Rolex Deepsea Glidelock clasp

Rolex Submariner clasp types

Type 1, Rolex Submariner strap requires leather strap like this below.

Rolex Sky Dweller, Submariner, GMT buckle with leather strap

Type 2, If we take off the whole metal links including the extension part, then use this type of leather strap above

Rolex Submariner glidelock clasp need replacement leather strap like this

If we keep one link on the buckle, then use this type of leather strap above

Rolex metal bracelet types

Rolex pioneered three of the most iconic styles: the Oyster, President, and Jubilee


The Oyster watch band

The Oyster is a classic design and one of the most common styles of bracelets. It features a three-link construction that gives it a stiff yet durable build. The Rolex Oyster watch band is very popular and can be found on many of the Rolex wristwatch such as the Submariner, Daytona and YachtMaster. The squarish links are 904L stainless steel. Oyster bracelets are available in brushed and polished finishes. Some Oyster bracelets are both brushed and polished, the outer links brushed while the middle links are polished. The Oyster bracelet is available in all types of metals as well as two-tone.

The Jubilee watch band

the Jubilee features a five-link construction. The Rolex Jubilee watch band was introduced in 1945 with the Rolex Datejust. The Jubilee bracelet is synonymous with luxury and very popular. The design and construction provide incredible style and a comfortable and fit. The Jubilee watch band is available in all types of metals as well as 2-tone (steel & gold) or all yellow gold, all rose gold etc.

The President watch band

The President is a variation of the Oyster. It also features a three-link construction. The difference is that the links are shorter, so it has more links overall. The result is a more fluid design. The Rolex President watch band is instantly recognizable however it’s only used two Rolex watches the Rolex President (Day-Date) and the Lady President. The balance of the bracelet results in a very comfortable and solid feel. The Rolex President bracelet is available in solid yellow gold, white gold, rose gold or platinum.

The Masterpiece watch band

The Masterpiece watch band was released in 1992 and features an innovative design. The Pearlmaster bracelet is only available on the Rolex Pearlmaster.

Rolex leather watch band

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