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Posted on August 17, 2016 by Elliot Lazarus

Now you can ask us anything from any page on the Time Connection website.

Just click on the arrow box in the lower right corner or text us directly at 512.384.4500 and we will answer.

Shipping questions?   Strap sizing?  Custom strap options?  Just send us a text.

What is the difference between a "tang/pin" buckle and the "deployant/folding clasp" buckle?

Posted on May 14, 2016 by Elliot Lazarus

What is the difference between a "tang/pin" buckle and the "deployant/folding clasp" buckle?

The Tang buckle is similar to a traditional men's belt buckle. It will often leave a crease in the strap, but it is closer to the original style of buckle used by the members of the Italian Navy.

The deployant, or folding clasp, will not leave as much of a mark in the strap and it less original. It also has a slight tendency to make the strap fit a bit loose, and so if you are struggling to keep your Panerai on in the first place either skip the deployant or hit the gym.

If you use the OEM (Panerai) deployant, you'll need to buy a strap that's specifically designed for use with the deployant (regular straps as well as  aftermarket straps are too thick to fit through the slot in the deployant buckle). The OEM deployant straps are thinner at the buckle end to accommodate the deployant.

So make sure you read the product description when purchasing a strap.  If it says "for a Tang Buckle" or "sewn in buckle" it cannot be used with a deployant.  One more thing to clear up.  A Deployant strap can be used on a tang buckle, but a tang strap cannot be used on a Deployant buckle.

Posted in #tcstraps, #watchstrapwednesday, #watchwednesday, Time Connection

Nethuns Watches now available at TC Straps

Posted on March 16, 2016 by Elliot Lazarus

It's new and exciting.  Nethuns Bronze watches are now available at TC Straps.

Nethuns was founded by a group of watch fanatics with the mission and belief to create robust and professional diver watches, using unique metals and materials and quality movements.

45mm Brushed Bronze cases with a sapphire domed crystal.  Hand-wound mechanical, swiss made ETA Unitas 6497, 17 jewels, power reserve 46 hours.  Water resistant to 300 feet.

All Nethuns watches are hand made in Switzerland.

Shell Cordovan Horween Straps

Posted on March 07, 2016 by Elliot Lazarus

Remember when you wore "Weejuns" shoes made from Horween Shell Cordovan?  You marveled at the color, the shine and the feel.

Well, now you can get straps for your Panerai watch made from the Genuine Horween Shell Cordovan leather in 3 colors.  The Original No. 8, Whisky and Black.

These look and feel like no other and give your strap a luxurious new appearance to highlight the dial.  Shell cordovan is also extremely durable so it will stand up to the test of time.  Shell Cordovan has water resistant properties and we use Original Kodiak backing on the strap to eliminate perspiration for affecting the strap.

We have these magnificent straps in stock now with both sewn in buckles and also for Tang buckles. 

Posted in Shell Cordovan

The Panerai Enthusiast...a breed apart

Posted on March 06, 2016 by Elliot Lazarus

I remember when I saw my first Panerai watch at my local dealer.  I thought "No Way" it is too big."  Then 3 weeks later I was wearing my first one as I delved into the world of Panerai watches and history.

I saw this article on the World Tempus website about Panerai Enthusiasts and couldn't help but think how true this is.....

http://en.worldtempus.com/article/watch-culture/panerai-why-not-paneristi-2299811

Difference between Tang and Deployant buckles

Posted on March 05, 2016 by Elliot Lazarus

Straps are usually 4 to 5mm thick at the watch case and on a deployant strap they get thinner, down to 2mm at the buckle so they can fit in the slot.  A watch with a Deployant clasp goes on like a bracelet.

A strap for a regular Tang buckle stays pretty much the same thickness throughout. Our straps made with a sewn in buckle run 4.2 to 4.5mm thick. Our Pre-V by Mario Paci Straps are 3mm thick...the same thickness as those made back in 1993 for the OEM Straps.  A Tang buckle goes on like the buckle on your belt for your trousers.  

You can use a deployant strap on a tang buckle but you cannot use a regular thickness strap (made for a Tang buckle) on a deployant buckle.

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Extra long length strap

Posted on March 04, 2016 by Elliot Lazarus

Did you ever wish that your Panerai strap was longer?  Maybe your strap is uncomfortable as it fits in only the 1st or 2nd hole from the pointed tip.  Or is your strap too short to go through both strap "keepers" and the end of the strap is always sticking up and away from the rest of the band?

Now you can choose from a large selection of Extra Long Straps for your Panerai Watch.  The original size strap was 115/75.  115mm on the long side with the holes and 75mm on the buckle side.  Over the past 2 years they have switched to a 125/75 length which is still too short for most people.

If you need 1, 2 or even 3 more holes for a proper fit, TC Straps has a category just for you.