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    Smelly strap

    Hi guys.
    I have a chronoscopio which I have owned for 12 months. I wear daily.
    The inside of the strap has started to crack and it really smells, from sweat I assume. I have cleaned it with soapy water but the smell returns. Has anyone had success cleaning their straps or do I have to get a new one. If I need a new one, I would have thought anonimo leather bands would last longer. If this has been talked about in another post I apoligize and point me in the right direction

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    Re: Smelly strap

    Quote Originally Posted by agrochickenhawk View Post
    Hi guys.
    I have a chronoscopio which I have owned for 12 months. I wear daily.
    The inside of the strap has started to crack and it really smells, from sweat I assume. I have cleaned it with soapy water but the smell returns. Has anyone had success cleaning their straps or do I have to get a new one. If I need a new one, I would have thought anonimo leather bands would last longer. If this has been talked about in another post I apoligize and point me in the right direction
    Hello,
    Your's is the biggest drawback to leather straps. Human dna eventually seeps into the leather's microcrevices with the predictable results, regardless of how "water resistant" a company claims of its leather straps. I'm surprised it took you 12 months--must have been high quality leather. If you read the instruction booklets of higher end watches, they all will discuss the limited utility of their (and all) leather straps.

    A new one is your only realistic alternative. I don't know if Anonimo straps are better than any other in this regard.

    Good luck with your choice,

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    Re: Smelly strap

    heb is right. A leather strap doesn't survive very long. If you wear the watch everyday, then you should replace the strap every 6 to 12 months.

    Luckily leather straps are not that expensive. For $50 you can get excellent one from Hirsch, Flucco, Meyhofer, DiModell, Rios, etc...

    If you sweat a lot then you might want to try natural rubber straps.
    Have a wonderful time...

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    Re: Smelly strap

    Weird but things happen, may be a defective one, try to contact your AD about it.

    M oldest is since Dec 2009 and still in very good condition no smell at all.
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    Re: Smelly strap

    Quote Originally Posted by nelsondevicenci View Post
    Weird but things happen, may be a defective one, try to contact your AD about it.

    M oldest is since Dec 2009 and still in very good condition no smell at all.
    They maybe kodiak straps, but they are still leather straps. I say you are over due for a new strap. If you wear it daily, I would switch out straps every 6 months.

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    Re: Smelly strap

    I have in use the strap i got in my first Anonimo since 2009 Dec, and always using the same strap I just change it between the watch going to use so is like Im wearing the same strap every day and no problems at all as I said.
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    Re: Smelly strap

    As stated above, you can't wear the same watch with the same strap everyday and expect it to last more than 6 months to, at the outside, a year. Having just a second watch to rotate with the first extends the strap immeasurably however. By rotating, the strap dries out quicker, deteriorates slower, and of course lasts much longer. Kodiak straps, being water resistant, are resistant to water, perspiration and other fluids, but even Kodiaks will absorb substances over time. While I love leather straps (aftermarket, all) I still have one or two watches with steel bracelets to wear, particularly in the summertime, when it is hot and humid in the area that I live. No matter where you live, however, a single strap on a single watch, worn everyday, won't last more than 6 months to a year, max.
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    Re: Smelly strap

    Quote Originally Posted by timefleas View Post
    As stated above, you can't wear the same watch with the same strap everyday and expect it to last more than 6 months to, at the outside, a year. Having just a second watch to rotate with the first extends the strap immeasurably however. By rotating, the strap dries out quicker, deteriorates slower, and of course lasts much longer. Kodiak straps, being water resistant, are resistant to water, perspiration and other fluids, but even Kodiaks will absorb substances over time. While I love leather straps (aftermarket, all) I still have one or two watches with steel bracelets to wear, particularly in the summertime, when it is hot and humid in the area that I live. No matter where you live, however, a single strap on a single watch, worn everyday, won't last more than 6 months to a year, max.
    This all depend on how active people are, and the environment they are in.. Now if agrochickenhawk has one watch, then it is hard to switch out with another. I am not a fan with leather straps just for this reason, and only wear them on speical occasions. I usually get watches with bracelets and kevlar straps. I switch the kevlars out every 3 to 6 months, depending how active I am.

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    Re: Smelly strap

    Quote Originally Posted by nelsondevicenci View Post
    Weird but things happen, may be a defective one, try to contact your AD about it.

    M oldest is since Dec 2009 and still in very good condition no smell at all.

    Some of my straps are the same. I even have straps older and no issues.
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    Re: Smelly strap

    Quote Originally Posted by Cybotron View Post
    Some of my straps are the same. I even have straps older and no issues.
    Which actually makes my point--both you and Nelson have several watches in your "rotation" (as I do), thereby allowing for a good airing out after the wearing of any one watch/strap combo in particular--regardless of what area you live in. (And, I didn't suggest going out and buying another watch--just pointed out that those who don't have problems usually have several watches to trade off with, while those who do have problems usually are using the same one or two watch/strap combos all the time.) Peter

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