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    Got my IWC alligator strap wet - what's the best way to dry?

    Hi Everyone

    I had a complete brain fart and forgot to take off my Portuguese Auto in the shower and got my alligator strap wet. I was probably in the shower for a good 2 minutes before i realized. I've never had an alligator strap before so I'm not sure what the best way is to dry it out.

    My initial instinct was to put it near a heater, but I read that I shouldn't do that. Any tips on drying and minimizing any damage?

    Thanks in advance for your help
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    Re: Got my IWC alligator strap wet - what's the best way to dry?

    Hopefully other experts will chime in.

    I would not place it next to forced heat of any kind. Drying something like that with too much heat could make it worse, not correct the problem.

    I would take a soft terry towel and place it around the strap (Removed from the case), then use books or something weighty to press on both sides for a few hours so try and draw out any residual moisture into the towel with the use of gentle pressure, then take it out and let it dry flat, in open space, maybe in a sunny and warmer area for at least 24-48 hours and you should be ok.

    The outer alligator skin is better equipped to withstand water (despite the various tanning processes) than the inner lining strap material. That is what you wan to make sure you get dry so you don't have future issues of separation and the like.
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    Re: Got my IWC alligator strap wet - what's the best way to dry?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nokie View Post
    Hopefully other experts will chime in.

    I would not place it next to forced heat of any kind. Drying something like that with too much heat could make it worse, not correct the problem.

    I would take a soft terry towel and place it around the strap (Removed from the case), then use books or something weighty to press on both sides for a few hours so try and draw out any residual moisture into the towel with the use of gentle pressure, then take it out and let it dry flat, in open space, maybe in a sunny and warmer area for at least 24-48 hours and you should be ok.

    The outer alligator skin is better equipped to withstand water (despite the various tanning processes) than the inner lining strap material. That is what you wan to make sure you get dry so you don't have future issues of separation and the like.
    Thanks for the advice - i did what you suggested and everything looks back to normal
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    Re: Got my IWC alligator strap wet - what's the best way to dry?

    Could put it in rice
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    Re: Got my IWC alligator strap wet - what's the best way to dry?

    Thanks for the advice - i did what you suggested and everything looks back to normal
    Glad you were able to correct the problem.
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    Re: Got my IWC alligator strap wet - what's the best way to dry?

    I would be more concerned about steam from the shower affecting the watch. The IWC Portuguese line are only good for 3atm, aka washing your hands with the watch on. I would maybe get the watch looked at just in case any corrosion develops in the movement.
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