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How to change out a Panerai watch strap. The watch in this video is a Panerai PAM00087 Submersible. This video on changing out straps will pertain to Panerai watches with screws at the case lugs and tang screw in buckles. We always recommend bringing your watch to us and we can change out the strap for you. However if you would like to try this yourself this video will guide you through the process.

We have a full selection of custom and direct replacement watch straps for many brands like Panerai, IWC, Omega, Breitling, Cartier and many other manufacturers.

Posted in Change Watch Straps, How To by Kyle O'Connor.

This is our latest Grey Ostrich Leg custom watch strap made for the Tudor Heritage Chronograph. The measurements for this strap are 22mm at the Lugs and is 22mm wide at the buckle. It has orange stitching in a tribal pattern. The 2 keepers are made from orange toad. The buckle is a thumbnail style 22mm stainless steel with a brushed finish. There are other ostrich leg strap colors and stitching choices by request. The $295 price includes the thumbnail style 22mm stainless steel brushed finish buckle.

Posted in Custom Made Watch Straps, Ostrich Leg by Kyle O'Connor.

IWC Shaffhausen has come a long way from their American beginnings in 1868. Yes, International Watch Company (IWC) was started by Florentine Ariosto Jones in The United States in 1868. Florentine wanted to take modern American engineering and merge it with Swiss Craftsmanship. So he did just that by opening a factory in Schaffhausen Switzerland.

Approximately 100 years later the IWC Portuguese 7 Day power reserve was released. Through the past few years of the IWC IW5001 series there has been 3 different movements in the watch, In this article I will show you pictures of the caliber 51010 and the calibre 51011 and explain the differences. What does a "7 Day Power Reserve" mean? It means when the watch is fully wound the watch will keep running for 7 days without stopping. An average automatic watch will have a power reserve of approximately 48 hours. If you wear your watch everyday that still does not mean that it will always be running on a full or even half a tank of gas. With a seven day power reserve you can go several days with out wearing your watch and chances are when you go to wear it there will be plenty of power remaining. See my blog post "How an Automatic Watch Works."

The white dial and blue markers IWC Portuguese 7 day power reserve has the calibre 51010 inside.
The black dial 7 day power reserve Portuguese has the calibre 51011 inside.
The movement above is the calibre 51010 and runs at 3 Hertz and has 44 Jewels.
The movement above is the calibre 51011 runs at 3 Hertz, has 42 Jewels and modified "cogging.''
IWC Calibre 51010
IWC Calibre 51011
Posted in IWC, Watch Reviews by Kyle O'Connor.

For the first Tudor Tuesday at OC Watch Company we created a video of several different Tudor models including the Heritage Chronograph, Heritage Black Bay and the ICONAUT GMT Chronograph.  These watches are Pre-Owned and available at OC Watch Company the Pre-Owned Tudor Watch Store in Walnut Creek.  Please CONTACT US if you have any questions about this watch or any other watch on our site. OC Watch Company is a watch store located in downtown Walnut Creek California.

Posted in Events, Tudor Tuesdays by Kyle O'Connor.
We chose the Rolex DeepSea Sea-Dweller for the first Rolex Wednesday. The new DSSD (DeepSea Sea-Dweller) has been highly criticized due to the bracelet tapering to the "Glidelock" clasp. A solution to this concern is installing a Rubber B Rubber strap on the DSSD. Ever since we started installing these straps on the DeepSea we have had nothing but compliments.
This is a head on shot of the DeepSea with the rubber strap. You can see how the strap sits to the outside of the lugs giving the head a more stable stance.
From the Helium Escape Valve side you can see the perfect contour of the strap to the case. Almost like it was made for it….
With this up close view of the case lug you can see the perfect fit and finish of this Rubber B strap on the DSSD.
The strap is supplied with a sturdy thick stainless steel buckle that follows the curves of the strap and ultimately the look of the original stainless steel glidelock clasp.
  We think Rubber B did an amazing job with the strap for the Rolex DeepSea Sea-Dweller and the full line of straps for the other Rolex models. We can't wait to see what Rubber B has in store for Panerai's that are scheduled to be released this fall. Please contact OC Watch Company if you have any further questions and we look forward to the next Rolex Wednesday!!
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Join us for Rolex Wednesdays! Every Wednesday at OC Watch Company we will take an in depth look at a different Rolex watch. We will post our latest Rolex watch here in the Rolex Wednesdays Section on our blog. We will have the watch for display at our store in Walnut Creek if you would like to see it in person. We always have a large selection of Rolex watches in stock. You never know what to expect on Rolex Wednesdays. It could be anything from a vintage “Paul Newman” Daytona to a Double Red Submariner Sea-Dweller.

Current Rolex Inventory

More Rolex Watch Inventory…

Posted in Events, Rolex Wednesdays by Kyle O'Connor.

There are a few differences between the Panerai PAM00111 Luminor Marina since the release in 2002. In the pictures below I will point out the major differences between the PAM00111 starting with the "Sandwich Dial" on the left. This dial was produced produced in serial numbers H-I-J-K-L-M-N-O dating from 2005-2013. The "Painted" dial (on the right) was produced from production year 2002 - 2005 (E-F-G) is on the right.

Panerai PAM00111 (I) “Sandwich” Dial

Above is a picture of the PAM00111 Luminor Marina from 2005 or and (I) case number with a "sandwich" dial. The sandwich dial has run from approximately 2005 - 2013 (H-I-J-K-L-M-N-O) on the PAM111. The "sandwich" dial means that it has two different layers. The top matte finish which makes up the black parts of the dial and the layer of luminova underneath that glows in the dark.

Panerai PAM00111 (E) “Painted” Dial

The Luminous on the 111 2002-2005 (E-F-G) years pictured above is a "Painted" dial. This is is when the Luminous material is applied in a fashion that it is placed on top of the dial.

Panerai PAM00111 (I) “Sandwich” Dial

This image shows a little more detail of the step down into the luminous markers of the Sandwich dial.

Panerai PAM00111 (E) “Painted” Dial

With this side view of the Painted dial you can see how the luminous is "Painted" on and sits above the dial. An interesting fact of the Painted Panerai dials is that there is actually a slight indent or impression below the painted luminous material that gives it a good foundation. Almost like a trough. Some models of Panerai that have Painted dials that are only half full or 3/4 of the way full of luminova in the trough have become very collectible. I will post about the half full dials in the future.

Panerai PAM00111 (I) Movement OPXI vs PAM00111 (E) Movement OPX

These movements are both from the PAM00111 models. The left is the (I) serial from 2005 and the one on the right is from the (E) serial 2002. The movements are both based on the ETA 6497, a workhorse in the ETA movement family. It is a 17 jewel manual wind movement with a "Swan's Neck" Regulator with a 56 hour power reserve. The main difference in the two movements the movement on the right from the earlier years (E-F-G) 2002-2005 is the repeat in the Panerai name engraved across the movement multiple times.

So which watch is more collectible? At the moment not to many people know about these differences in the movement and the painted or sandwich dial. The greatest thing about OC Watch Company is we have the opportunity to share this information with our customers and readers. It really comes down to educating the customer on all that maybe available and finding what is the right fit for you. Not just what is for sale in the showcase. What we have in the showcase may not be the exact watch you are looking for. We have access to all Swiss watch manufacturers and would love to find the unique piece you are looking for. Come in to OC Watch Company located in Downtown Walnut Creek and let us help you find the right timepiece for you.

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