I recently purchased the El Hierro Oris, and while I love the watch, the scent from the rubber strap is very displeasing. Do you guys know of any methods to get rid of the scent without removing the strap from the watch itself? Thanks!
The vanilla?? It's great! I bought a few watches off eBay where it was obvious the last owner wore gallons of cologne and smoked cigars. Could never get that smell out, threw out the straps. I tried everything including days of soaking in solvents.
Back in the day Oris scented their straps with vanilla then they stopped and their rubber smelled of very little but now it seems as if they've started again. My only experience with scented straps is with my Isofrane and the pong faded away after a bit.
Wouldn't the acid start to break down the rubber? Make it brittle perhaps and shorten lifespan?
50 /50 water to vinegar is still pretty strong, then you are also adding acidic lemon juice (and, if a light roast, coffee).
I found the smell a bit much in the beginning with my Williams Day Date as well. I do not like vanilla smells. But after a few weeks, the smell was bearable. One of the things I did do hat seems to have helped a bit is I would rub the strap with a dryer sheet.
Sad to see that no one seems to be able to get rid of the vanilla smell. I've looked in all sorts of forums, and no one has been successful. I'm thinking of researching natural rubber manufacturing techniques to find out if there are any industrial solvents that might get the vanilla compounds to out-gas... or maybe bombard it with gamma radiation? Seek out the services of a witch doctor to perform ancient rites?
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