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    Leather Just Won't Cut It Down South

    I live in Florida where, during the endless summer, one will work up a sweat just walking outside to get the morning paper. We run our air conditioning here 24/7 for eight months out of the year, and frequently during the other 4 months. As you will see from my collection, I go for durable, water resistant watches, almost always on bracelets or rubber dive straps. I tried leather straps on several of my watches, but when they get sweated on regularly they become uncomfortably "moist" and turn nasty before long. I have the same problem with NATO straps.

    Is this just me, or do other fellow southerners have a problem with leather straps?
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    Re: Leather Just Won't Cut It Down South

    What sort of relative humidity does Florida generally have?
    Having a look at the relative scale of temperatures annually you get a temperature range similar to me. Probably not as hot.

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    Re: Leather Just Won't Cut It Down South

    Have you tried custom straps with cork lining? Keith of CADstraps offers this as a solution to customers who complain of similar issues. I know you were more interested in seeing if other southerners had similar issues but hopefully you may find some use for this info as for southerners do us Aussies count? :-D if so no such problem thus far. I find I end up wearing out most of my straps due to overuse long before I end up having odour,moisture problems...
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    Re: Leather Just Won't Cut It Down South

    I'm in Orlando and don't usually have this problem. If I'm jogging or going to the beach I'll wear my inexpensive digital Casio on rubber (plastic?) strap. I guess I spend more time indoors than you:)

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    Re: Leather Just Won't Cut It Down South

    Native Miamian here. I know exactly what you mean man. I have only two leather strapped watches, only worn on special occasions. The rest are on bracelet.

    I'm strictly a bracelet guy, both for aesthetics and because of the weather down here.

    So not just you!

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    Re: Leather Just Won't Cut It Down South

    I imagine it's not too much of an issue in Antarctica.

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    Re: Leather Just Won't Cut It Down South

    When I am doing things where there is a lot of sweating I will wear a rubber strap on the watch.


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    Re: Leather Just Won't Cut It Down South

    I thought everybody wears alligator strap down there, after all, that's just a roadkill like a skunk anywhere else ,right ?
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    Re: Leather Just Won't Cut It Down South

    Arizona resident here. I have the same problem. I bought a really nice custom alligator strap and within a few months, the color dramatically darkened due to sweat.

    Lesson learned. I probably won't go for another nice leather strap because you can really only wear it about 3-4 months out of the year at most.

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    Re: Leather Just Won't Cut It Down South

    I feel you. Here in Sydney imho it's too hot for leather during the summer and too wet in winter. SS and rubber reigns supreme here.
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