Does anyone do anything to accelerate the beak in period for a new strap/band? If you do, what is it?
Besides bending/flexing it a bit by hand? Not really.
It will darken leather straps, but it will also soften them (provided that they are more leather than binder).
That's been my method so far. I've even wet the strap a little to aid in the bending.
I'll give it a try and see how "genuine" my leather straps are.
Usually just wearing it. There are some cheaper straps that you kind of have to hope they break in.
I just wear them. Using too much oil can get them too soft if you're not careful.
Try wearing the watch while you sleep. Unconscious break in time.
Since I rotate through about a dozen watches, it takes forever to break leather straps in. Because of this, I have bought leather straps that are much less stiff. On the cheaper side, the Ritchie straps, that I have bought, require little to no break in. On the higher end, most Horween Leather straps are pretty flexible new. (I am also am partial to single pass nylon straps in the summer)
I did this "sushi roll" technique once with a super cheap and surprisjgly stiff AliExpress Rubber strap. It actually worked quite well but I don't recommend it for expensive straps 😉
If you want to try, the tape needs to go all the way around (like the sea weed on a sushi roll) or it probably won't hold.
I'll give this one a try too.
I left it over night like that. It was quite curvy after and much softer.
Fiebings Mink Oil Paste (Contains no mink!)
Softens leather, it'll darken light colors. I also use it on new boots.
I've always been into watches but never a watch collector. I crossed that line a year ago and I'm not going back.