How to Take Care for Your Leather Watch Strap

Our watches have a well-earned reputation for their strong build and long-lasting durability.

Your watch can hang tough no matter what you put it through. And if cared for properly, your genuine leather watch strap can last a long time, too.

Here are some of our top tips and answering most frequently ask question for caring for your leather watch strap.

Are Leather Watch Straps Waterproof?

 leather watch strap are not waterproof — and neither are any other genuine leather straps. Genuine leather watch straps are a natural product that acts like skin, meaning it is incredibly porous and will never be completely waterproof. Water can damage a leather watch strap and cause it to stain, discolor or deteriorate prematurely.

Do Leather Watch Straps Stretch?

Because leather is a natural material, yes, it stretches a bit on its own. Over time, the warmth from your wrist and the oils in your skin will stretch the leather so that it moves more comfortably.

Do Leather Watch Straps Smell?

Leather naturally has a fresh, rich, earthy smell — but it does not smell bad. However, if you wear a leather watch strap daily, the pores in the leather can trap odors over time. This means that occasionally you'll need to clean it.

How to Stop Leather Watch Straps from Smelling

If you’re wondering how to stop your leather watch strap from smelling, your first step is to probably give it a break. Because it is so skin-like, leather absorbs the sweat and dirt that are inevitable when you wear it regularly. And like your skin, leather watch straps need to breathe.

How to Clean a Leather Watch Strap

If letting your watch strap breathe doesn’t eliminate the odor, it may be time to clean your strap. To clean your leather watch strap, follow these steps:

  1. Remove the strap from your watch and use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe off both sides. Doing this will ensure any trapped dirt will not scratch the leather in the next step.
  2. Then, dampen — do not soak — a jewelry cloth and apply a tiny drop of mild hand soap or saddle soap to the cloth (about the size of half a dime). Do not aggressively rub the leather back and forth; instead, use tapping movements and move in a gentle circles, applying light pressure and paying attention to spots with dirt. Gentle soap is best, because harsher soaps can strip the leather.
  3. With another damp cloth, gently wipe the leather clean. Don’t use too much water, as it can cause damage to the leather.
  4. Give the strap plenty of time to fully dry before wearing it again.
  5. Condition the leather with your favorite leather oil or conditioner to soften and protect it if you want to. Follow the conditioner product's instructions.



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