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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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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,

heb
 

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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.
 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
Seriously I couldn't agree more. I've been rotating between my DZ Argonauta, Chrono Militare & Planet Ocean for several months and the straps are holding up good. The DZ, remarkably still looks minty, but the strap is starting to reach it's end. I will say that Kodiak straps from Anonimo fare a hell of a lot better in longevity than any others out there! :-!

I will however wear that strap completely out because:

1. It's perfect in it's original texture and size for me.

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2. I enjoy the hearty musk emitting from my wrist while having delusions of grandeur wearing my Dino Zei........ :-d
 

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I would agree that a leather strap is not meant to last an eternity but all straps are not created equal and people either. Some sweat more than others and sweat is not comparable to water and some are more acidic than other.... So everyone's experience with a strap worn daily will be different. That said as described above you should rotate watch if you can or straps or just have to replace them more often. You can always switch to bracelet or rubber or Zulus...
If I wore the same strap daily, it'd start smelling bad and cracking within a few months! My wife can wear the same watch daily for years and it still doesn't smell! Folks that are active will show wear sooner and especially for those who wear leather at the pool, lake and ocean.
I remember spending a fortune (at the time) on a Breilting leather for my Jupiter Pilot and I thought then itd last me longer... Less than 6 months later wear and smell were bad already. I tried their shark strap next, was better sure but not great for the $! The Anonimo straps do seem to be more resistant to water but the problem is that we're dealing with sweat here not pure water IMHO, which attacks the leather more aggressively over time. It's worth considering cheaper leather alternatives if you'll replace them often and are active!
 

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No No No guys, pls... I used All my nimos with the same strap black/ grey stitch of my polluce, in my rotation i change the strap to the watch I going to wear that time ... so thats means i only used ONE strap with all my nimos everyday... and no Smelly problems.
 

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That is some effort Nelson!
 

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I've worn my Magnum almost 8 months straight and I'm pretty active. During the summers I also go swimming in the ocean and pools many times and never an issue. The one thing I tend to do that no one mentioned is every few months I will condition the leather strap. I'll wash the strap in soap and water dry it a bit and then add conditioner to both sides and let it sit awhile. Once dry, it is usually is nice, soft and plush as you put back some of the oils that were in the leather to begin with. Kodiak leather straps have some patented "water proofing" and I don't know if conditioning the leather affects it but so far I don't believe it has.

As many said, we all have different acidic PH values so we sweat differently and at different amounts, but if you condition the leather on a regular basis then it should last longer than 12 months easily. I know mine have lasted way longer than 12 months regardless of rotation.

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kodiak straps are waterresistant, overnight emersion in a glass of tapwater once a month is the easiest way to get rid of salt and odor.
 

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May i know you use what product to condition the leather? I may buy one for my leather also. Thanks!

I've worn my Magnum almost 8 months straight and I'm pretty active. During the summers I also go swimming in the ocean and pools many times and never an issue. The one thing I tend to do that no one mentioned is every few months I will condition the leather strap. I'll wash the strap in soap and water dry it a bit and then add conditioner to both sides and let it sit awhile. Once dry, it is usually is nice, soft and plush as you put back some of the oils that were in the leather to begin with. Kodiak leather straps have some patented "water proofing" and I don't know if conditioning the leather affects it but so far I don't believe it has.

As many said, we all have different acidic PH values so we sweat differently and at different amounts, but if you condition the leather on a regular basis then it should last longer than 12 months easily. I know mine have lasted way longer than 12 months regardless of rotation.

/Amer
 

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Nelson, you have to admit that in this case, you are more the exception than the rule--most of us perspire a little bit, and if we do, no matter how sweet we smell, in the end, odors will accumulate...(and I agree--"some effort!"--you must really love that one strap, to switch it over to every different Nimo that you own, which I think is something like 9, right?!)

Peter
 
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