Let's accept the fact that watch brands only provide a warranty on the watch, not on the strap. Manufacturers generally guarantee only the high-quality standards of the straps produced and the materials used. The specified service life of 6 months - 1 year (not more than 1 summer season) depends directly on the usage, careful wearing, and individual skin characteristics of the owner of the strap.
No matter what kind of leather your strap is made of (calf or Louisiana alligator) or how much money it costs, a watch strap MUST be replaced at least once a year for hygienic reasons.
Leather is beautiful because it is a live material. But such a natural product wears out over time. If you want to avoid this, you will have to give up leather completely in favor of metal bracelets or rubber.
Several tips to keep your watch strap in great condition for as long as possible:
- Take off your watch when in contact with water or during a workout. Keep in mind that even exotic/water-resistant leather straps have a calfskin lining that is susceptible to moisture damage.
- If the strap does get wet, do not leave it to dry near a heat source, simply blot the leather with a soft cloth or paper towel.
- Try to wear the watch so that the strap does not dig into your hand. Heavy strain when wearing and fastening, especially when combined with moisture, will significantly shorten the life of the strap. As a result, the strap will become deformed, stretched, and may even break.
- Protect your strap from mechanical damage and prolonged exposure to direct sunlight.
- For care, gentle cleaning, color saturation, and protection, special wax-based leather products can be used.