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Old 07-11-2006, 09:43 PM   #1
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Thumbs down How do you make your watch band NOT stink???

Seriously, leather (or nylon for that matter) watch bands, they're fine for a while...but then they start to stink like a bitch.

You can wash the nylon ones easy enough, but how the hell does one clean a leather one, or take away the sweaty-watchsex smell?
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Old 07-11-2006, 09:44 PM   #2
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Old 07-11-2006, 09:47 PM   #3
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buy a gold one you cheap bastard


I keed...I keed
I'M NOT CHEAP!! I'M THRIFTY!!!


Man, you fools are getting tricky with that background-color-text stuff...
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Old 07-11-2006, 09:50 PM   #4
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I got a Nixon "Day Job" with a black leather band, love the watch to death... but man, that band ****ing stinks. Like i will wipe the sweat off my dumb face and end up wanting to gag.
would be nice to fix this problem before leaving Iraq. and no i dont want to replace the band, the new Nixon bands have "the gay". If i wanted to walk around wearing a leather arm bracer, i would log on to WoW.
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Old 07-11-2006, 09:51 PM   #5
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Not much you can do, other than rotate out different bands, or get a steel bracelet.

They do make leather bands that have small perforations and synthetic membranes that help dissipate sweat and moisture. Usually called tropical.

Erik, if you're heading to Iraq, you should invest in a steel bracelet, unless there's some safety reason for leather. Or, get a nylon NATO strap.
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Old 07-11-2006, 09:53 PM   #6
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Yeah, that's my same problem. I have a Fossil with a leather band and I love the watch, but the thing stinks man and I don't want to simply buy a new band every time it starts to stink because I'd be buying a new band every month or so and at 20 buckeroos that adds up quick.

I had the problem with my the watch I wear for PT, but it's got a nylon band which I simply wash out in the shower after I'm done PT'ing so it solves itself.
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Old 07-11-2006, 09:53 PM   #7
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Not much you can do, other than rotate out different bands, or get a steel bracelet.

They do make leather bands that have small perforations and synthetic membranes that help dissipate sweat and moisture. Usually called tropical.

Erik, if you're heading to Iraq, you should invest in a steel bracelet, unless there's some safety reason for leather. Or, get a nylon NATO strap.

already here, i may just replace the band like you said.

but my watch is so sexy with its coolguy band
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Old 07-11-2006, 09:54 PM   #8
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say you're a hockey player and just roll with it.. nothing like smelly gloves
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Old 07-11-2006, 09:55 PM   #9
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1) take it off at night.
2) wipe it with febreeze rags
3) my favorite: use baby powder on your wrist before you put it on, it will keep it dry for the whole day...
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Old 07-11-2006, 09:57 PM   #10
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My metal band doesn't stink - mine smells like roses.
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Old 07-11-2006, 10:02 PM   #11
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1) take it off at night.
2) wipe it with febreeze rags
3) my favorite: use baby powder on your wrist before you put it on, it will keep it dry for the whole day...
Just out of question, who *doesn't* take their watch off at night? I have to, or it will keep me up. It creeps me out and I'm kind of obsessive about the whole "falling asleep" thing (thank you drugs!).

2 and 3 are good ideas, however.

And one could theoretically swap like Gold Bond for Baby Powder if they wish as the smell is a certainly a chick repellant.
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Old 07-11-2006, 10:50 PM   #12
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Try sneaker cleaner.
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Old 07-11-2006, 10:59 PM   #13
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you will be suprised at how many people sleep with their watch on....
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Old 07-11-2006, 11:08 PM   #14
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i used to go through a watch every 2 months because i would take it off and lose the damn things. until the water seal broke from me replacing the battery, i never took it off even to shower(i would still move it around and wash underneath it.) now i just take it off to shower, but always hang it on a nail on my computer desk. i've had this watch for 5 years now and only noticed the stink if i hadn't showered in a couple days.

i've probably been through 6 bands for it. some of the display elements don't work, its really dim, not waterproof anymore, scratched all to hell, and the beeper is broken. i still won't get rid of it because it was a gift from my late grandfather.
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Old 07-11-2006, 11:09 PM   #15
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I don't bother wearing cloth or leather bands much for this very reason. After a while I don't think there's anything you can do unless from Day 1 you never wear it when you might sweat.
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Old 07-11-2006, 11:45 PM   #16
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I have a rubber band on my Tissot Seastar 660. I just take it in the shower with me and wash it, every once and a while I brush it with a old toothbrush to get the dead skin out of the little grooves. I don't like metal bands.... and leather is not my bag.... Rubber FTW.
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Old 07-11-2006, 11:50 PM   #17
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I never take my metal-band Timex off. I clean it occasionally with either autoshop soap or rubbing alcohol.

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Old 07-12-2006, 09:58 AM   #18
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Buy leather cleaner?
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Old 07-12-2006, 10:10 AM   #19
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Stainless steel band ftw...
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Old 07-12-2006, 10:10 AM   #20
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Old 07-12-2006, 10:16 AM   #21
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Old 07-12-2006, 10:21 AM   #22
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Don't think there's any way to de-stink a stunk-up leather band. Sweat funk mixes with the organic compounds in the cowhide, and that's all she wrote. I've never found a way and gave up on leather bands a long time ago.

Side note - stainless watches can be cleaned in a jewelry cleaner!1!!one! Seriously, it never occurred to me that my 15 year old Tag (old school, small links, millions of dirt / grime hiding places) could be that damn disgusting. I used to just wipe the exposed surfaces down, and get in there w/a qtip once in a blue moon, and it looked fine. Well, the fiance bought an ultrasonic cleaner, and I thought, hmm, let's just see about this here. 3 cycles later and holy carp, that old Tag looks great! The water in the cleaner was totally clouded w/black grit when I emptied its tank. Pretty nasty actually. +1 for a $30 Haier (I think) ultrasonic cleaner.
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:02 PM   #23
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I've had some success with the following method for leather watch bands. Note: this will significantly darken any leather that's not already black.
  1. Don't wear the watch for about 24 hours before you do this to be sure it's completely dry.
  2. Grab a bottle of 3-in-1 Oil (if you don't have any, you can usually find some at your local hardware store for about $10).
  3. Take apart the band as much as you can.
  4. Completely saturate every surface of the leather with 3-in-1 Oil.
    I will usually coat the surface and work it into the leather, then let it sit and soak in for a minute or two before picking it up and adding more. The leather will absorb a lot of oil.
  5. Let the disassembled band sit for about 24 hours before putting it back together and wearing it.
What this essentially does is pushes every last bit of sweat out of the leather. The watchband will no longer absorb sweat and bacteria (for quite a while, at least). Any bacteria that's already in the leather dies due to (I believe) the viscosity of the oil.
This may cause some very mild zits to form where the skin meets the watchband, but this is just because some of the oil is getting into your pores. The oil itself is harmless on your skin.
When the band starts to smell again (I've usually gotten about two or three years of daily use before this happens), just do the same steps over again and voila.
I've not noticed any ill effects to the leather, and I've been doing this with all my leather watchbands for quite a while now. It usually just darkens and softens the leather.



Credit goes to my dad for knowing how to fix things.
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