Here you will find answers to the questions that we receive regularly. To view the answer to any question, simply click on the question, and the answer will appear below. If we haven't covered a question you have, feel free to contact us and we'd be glad to help out.
Straps - General
What makes your straps affordable?
There are many reasons, namely removing the middle man, economies of scale, and margins. We work directly with several manufacturers to bring you our own 'Crown & Buckle' collection of watch straps. In doing so, we do not have to buy our straps from another brand name, who in turn is paying someone to make their straps for them. Next, we are able to maintain fair prices by stocking a very large inventory of straps and extras. We keep our margins as low as possible in order to reach you, our customer, especially in the current global economy.
The million dollar question is how this affects the quality of our products. It doesn't. In fact, we believe that we have more control over the product quality and can better adapt to changing trends in the watch industry since we directly control our own production. Simply put, you will receive an excellent quality watch strap at a very fair price.
How are your straps made?
We spent over a year developing the collection of watch straps that you will find available on our web site. We have reached the best possible balance of quality materials, fit & finish, and affordability. Our leather straps are carefully crafted by hand, utilizing modern tools & machines. Despite our low price-point, our straps are not mass produced using hands-off manufacturing. Rather, our straps are produced to a quality and standard offered only by a hands-on production environment.
Our leather straps are made using English, Italian, and American leather and are offered in styles current with today's watch strap trends (as well as timeless classic designs). Many models are inspired by the custom strap styles popularized by "Paneristi" and the vintage watch market, sans the lofty price tags.
Our NATO ballistic nylon strap styles feature strong and resilient ballistic nylon webbing, which remains extremely comfortable and supple on the wrist. Our NATO straps are high-frequency welded, and our Premium NATO and Heavy Duty NATO straps are stitched together. Both constructions offer an extremely high tensile strength at different price points. All of our straps are finished with stainless steel hardware & buckles.
How do I know what width/size/length to order?
Please refer to our Sizing page for comprehensive information.
What's the best way to find a strap on your site?
Navigate our site by using the simple navigation bar at the top of every page. Once you have selected a category to browse, you can further narrow down your search by using the "NARROW BY" bar on the top right of each catalog page. The Narrow By bar allows you to specify a tighter criteria. Say you are shopping for a black leather 20mm strap. You could select first select "20mm Straps" from the "Width" drop down menu. From there, you can select Leather from the 'Type' selection, and then after that, select Black from the 'Color' selection. If you still need help finding something specific, give us a shout and we will gladly help you.
Are your straps waterproof?
All our nylon and rubber straps are absolutely waterproof. Our leather straps, however, are not.
Our nylon and rubber straps make a great choice for diving and swimming. NATO and Heavy Duty NATO straps are especially well suited for swimming, since they lace between the spring bars and the watch. That means if one of your spring bars breaks while diving, the watch will stay attached to your wrist via the remaining spring bar. Please note that swimming in chlorinated pools and repeated exposure to salt water can begin to fade the color on nylon straps. Swim with them at your own discretion - we claim no responsibility for faded colors on straps that get wet.
What is included with each strap?
Of course, each strap comes with the keepers and buckle as pictured. However, any watch heads, spring bars, or tools pictured are purely for illustrative purposes and are not included with the sale of each strap. Additional buckles and spring bars are available separately, under our Extras section.
Can I order a custom/one-off strap?
At this time, we do not offer any custom ordering or one-off strap production. It is something that we have an interest in offering in the future, but are thus far not equipped to handle.
Straps - Leather
Are your straps more narrow at the buckle than at the lug?
That depends on the model you have selected. The easiest way to tell is to compare the strap width to the buckle width that is listed under Strap Specs. For example, if you are looking at a 24mm strap, and the buckle specs say "Pre-V 22mm", then the strap tapers 2mm from the lug to the buckle. On the other hand, if you are looking at a 20mm strap, and the buckle specs say "Thumbnail 20mm", then it is a straight cut strap.
How do I care for my leather strap?
Our leather straps are not waterproof, therefore we suggest that you shelter them from getting soaked. Besides that, we advocate the belief of "wear it and forget about it!" The longer you wear your strap, the better it will develop it's own natural patina and become a true classic beauty. If you sweat a lot, we suggest wiping the underside of your strap with a leather specific, pH balanced leather cleaner. Only do so on the underside of your strap: avoid getting any on the visible surfaces. Letting any cleaning or conditioning products touch the visible surfaces of the strap may alter the color or appearance of the leather.
Can you change my buckle for me?
Absolutely. All you need to do is add the buckle you would like to your strap order, and let us know that you would like us to install it for you (email us with your order number). We will include the original buckle from the strap with your order in case you want to change it again in the future. Additional buckles are available under our Extras section.
Do "fat" spring bars fit your leather straps?
For the most part, yes. The only exceptions are some of our slim dressy style straps, such as the Gator, Aristo, and Habitue. The spring bar holes on these straps are smaller due to the slim profile of the straps. Feel free to double check the fitment of any strap by contacting us.
Can Leather NATOs/5-Rings be trimmed?
They sure can! It's pretty simple. We have a video up on our YouTube channel illustrating the process.
Straps - Nylon
What is the difference between regular, Premium, and Heavy Duty NATOs?
Please see our NATO Differences page for a detailed run-down.
How do I care for my nylon/rubber strap?
There is essentially nothing you need to do to maintain these straps. The underside of the strap can be cleaned with diluted antibacterial hand soap from time to time to keep them fresh. When cleaning nylon straps, allow them air dry (do not heat them). It is also safe to throw a nylon strap in a household laundry washing machine, along with your clothes. Just be sure to air-dry the strap afterwards.
Do "fat" spring bars fit your nylon straps?
This largely depends on the design of the watch lugs. Some lugs have only leave a tiny bit of space between the spring bar and the watch case, which would make fitting the fat spring bars difficult. For the large majority of watches, the fat spring bars will work fine with regular NATO straps. Fat spring bars will also work with the thicker Heavy Duty NATO straps on watches with ample lug space. The extra strength and quality of the fat spring bars make a great safety and strength upgrade when paired with a one piece nylon strap.
How do I order the correct size buckle?
The safest way is to use a ruler or a caliper to measure the size of the buckle that is currently on your watch strap. If it is a strap that you ordered from Crown and Buckle, give us a shout and we will let you know the correct size to order. The buckle size for each strap we sell is also listed under the product description.
Are your buckles/hardware hyopallergenic?
The hardware and buckles on all of our straps are stainless steel. However, many common stainless steel grades including 304 and 316L do contain nickel (around 8-10%). As such, our hardware and buckles are not considered hypoallergenic and should be avoided by those with nickel allergies.
Can I change/replace a sewn in buckle?
It is very difficult to do so without damaging the the strap, therefore we strongly urge you not to try removing a sewn in buckle.
Am I able to change the buckle on my strap?
With the exception of the sewn-in hardware on NATO style straps (and anything similar), all of our buckles including the Thumbnail, Hybrid, Classic, and Pre-V styles are all spring-bar buckles which can easily be removed. Feel free to customize the buckle to better match your watch or personal preference.
What is a Pre-V buckle?
Pre-V is short for Pre-Vendome. Pre-Vendome refers to the period between Panerai's rebirth in 1993 and their acquisition by the Vendome group in 1996. All of the watches produced in that time period came with this style buckle, and even though you can still buy a Panerai with a "Pre-V" buckle to this day, the name has stuck.
Do you sell deployant/deployment clasps?
As of yet, we have not been able to find a good source of affordable deployant clasps that are high enough quality to put our name on.
Can you change my buckle for me?
Absolutely. All you need to do is add the buckle you would like to your strap order, and let us know that you would like us to install it for you (email us with your order number). We will include the original buckle from the strap with your order in case you want to change it again in the future. Additional buckles are available under our Accessories section.
What size spring bars do I need to order?
If your watch is 24mm, order 24mm spring bars. The actual size of the spring bars you receive will be larger than the listed size - they will be the proper size to fit a watch with the listed lug width.
I broke a pin on my spring bar tool. Now what?
We offer replacement pins for our spring bar tools for $1.50. They are available here. Loosen the knurled collar at the end of the spring bar tool, and the pins will just slide in and out. Replace the pin, and tighten the collar back down.
What does your black PVD coating look like up close?
It is a matte, brushed finished black PVD. It has a very nice stealth look to it, and it's perfect for matching black cased watches or black straps.
Do "fat" spring bars fit my watch?
In short, it depends on the application. Our fat spring bars have 0.7mm ends, which is the same as standard/universal spring bars, making these a great replacement spring bar for most watches. Please keep in mind that fat spring bars are usually too large in diameter to fit in any metal bracelet, and they may not work with various OEM or aftermarket straps from other companies.