Should your metal watch strap use pins or screws?

This is one of those old timeless (pun intended) debates in the watch fraternity. There is a perceived wisdom that screws are the superior choice when it comes to the links in your strap. Many customers turn up their nose at pins believing that screws are just innately superior. This is not the whole truth of the matter though. Read on to find out what you should be opting for in your strap choice...

First off, why does this matter? Well, it matters a lot if you are going to shorten the strap yourself. An awful lot of poeple do. It also makes the strap look different. The choice between pins and screws for securing links in a watch band also depends on various factors, including the type of watch, design preferences, and the intended use of the watch band. Both methods have their advantages and disadvantages:

1. Pins (Push-Pins or Collar Pins):

  • Ease of Adjustment: Pins are easier to work with when it comes to resizing a watch band. They can be pushed out or in using a pin removal tool, making it a relatively straightforward process for adjusting the size of the band.

  • Accessibility: Replacement pins are readily available and are typically more affordable than screws. This makes it easier to find replacement pins if needed.

  • Appearance: Pins often result in a cleaner and more streamlined appearance on the bracelet since they don't require visible screw heads.

2. Screws:

  • Security: Screw links offer greater security and strength compared to pins. They are less likely to accidentally come loose or fail, which can be crucial for watches worn in demanding conditions or during sports activities.

  • Durability: Screw links are generally more durable and can withstand greater stress and tension than pins, which can be advantageous for sports or diving watches.

  • Aesthetics: Some watch enthusiasts prefer the appearance of screw links, especially on high-end or luxury watches, as the screws can add a sense of robustness and sophistication.

  • Thread problems. One significant disadvantge of screws is that they can be "threaded" or damaged very easily. This can happen when they are removed or inserted at the wrong angle. Once damaged they can be unworkable.

Screws are often seen as more aesthetically pleasing...

In summary, the choice between pins and screws for links in a watch band depends on your priorities. If you value ease of adjustment and plan to resize your watch band frequently, pins may be the better choice. However, if you prioritize security, durability, and a more robust appearance, especially for sport or luxury watches, then screw links are typically the superior option.

Many high-end watch brands use screws for their bracelet links, as they provide a secure and premium feel. However, for more casual or everyday wear watches, pins are often sufficient and offer greater convenience in terms of sizing and maintenance.