How do you prefer to break in your strap?

Round two on the strap conversation. 

Do you have a preferred method to break in a new strap? 
 

When I was selling timepieces, I had a customer that would steam and then apply a conditioner to his straps.  He owned a detailing business and did the same to leather seats. Seemed to work for him. 

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I like to let @HotWatchChick69 buy straps and sweat in them first.

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I usually sit with them and explain in a quiet voice what happen to straps that don't conform to my wrist. It's usually enough and it help that I can show pictures of straps that tried to defy me in the past.

They break in and down immediately, some of them even confessed to crimes I didn't know could exist.

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I connect mine to a watch head and then occasionally wear them on my wrist. 😜

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Time is the key. So when I'm not wearing one, it's in the watch box, wrapped around one of the oval keepers.

For leather straps, I usually tighten it one notch tighter on the keeper than I would for my wrist. That seems to make it conform a little better as it "relaxes" when I remove it from the box.

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I like to put them on my wrist. This has always seemed to me to be the best method. 

err...is this really a question?

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I condition leather straps before start using them. And repeat the conditioning once a year. Similar to other leather goods. Just be careful to use the right type of product for the type of leather you have.

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Munky1

I like to put them on my wrist. This has always seemed to me to be the best method. 

err...is this really a question?

I spent many years as an AD for about a dozen brands. Haven’t been in the business for 15 or so years. I have witnessed some…..unique……methods to break in a strap. This is more of my own curiosity as to what techniques people use today to get a strap wrist ready. 
 

Like you, I just put it on and go. Others have a multi step process before it gets wrist time. 

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AttinoiBaf

I condition leather straps before start using them. And repeat the conditioning once a year. Similar to other leather goods. Just be careful to use the right type of product for the type of leather you have.

What conditioner do you use? 

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Don't say L'Oreal. 😛

Serious time

Usually I just try to..uh...roll them before putting it on the watch (which would explain why my fake croc leather straps look beaten up, I suppose).

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I just kinda bendy twisty them every now and then, and wear them.

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nytime

I just kinda bendy twisty them every now and then, and wear them.

Hahah same

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ChippewaCraig

What conditioner do you use? 

Saphire, Bick4, but TBH any neutral leather conditioner would work fine.

Edit: I have also used leather conditioner left over from my car seats. Lol

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I like to boil the hard rubber straps.

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I use this for my goodyear-welted leather shoes as well as for dry or refractory straps. It's not cheap, but it's the first choice for all fine leather goods.

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cageyjames

I like to let @HotWatchChick69 buy straps and sweat in them first.

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I just broke in a new Barton strap.  I wore it for a week.  By the end of the week it had confirmed to my wrist and was much more comfortable than at the beginning.

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Depending on the strap, But I like to work in the leather or nato strap for at least a few minutes before wearing. If it's half decent leather it can be broke in! When I do use a conditioner I use Blackrock Leather conditioner. It's what I use for most of my leatherwork when need be.

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