How to Keep From Scuffing a Watch Band

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Long sleeves that cover your watch can help protect it from damage.

A watch is useful and can be the finishing touch to your look. However, wearing the same watch every day can take a toll on the appearance of the timepiece. Scuffmarks and scratches may start appearing on the watch band. You can pay to have the watch band replaced, or you can invest in a new wristwatch. If you like your watch, though, and you want to save money, learn how to prevent damaging the band.

Things You'll Need

  • Watch box
  • Watch band with deployant clasp
  • Leather treatment
  • Soft cloth
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      Remove your watch whenever you engage in activities that may damage it. Avoid wearing your watch while exercising, sleeping or showering.

    • 2

      Place your watch on a dresser when you're not wearing it. Position it on its side, on the button that's used to adjust the time. This way the band has minimal contact with the hard dresser surface that may damage it. Store your watch in a watch box, as an alternative.

    • 3

      Avoid bands with buckle closures, because each time you pull the band back to release the buckle, you can damage the band. Wear watches with deployant clasps instead. These don't damage the band when you take them off.

    • 4

      Treat leather bands with a leather treatment for watch bands. The treatment conditions the band and helps preserve it. Wipe metal bands with a soft cloth to remove dirt and debris that may potentially scratch it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Purchase a watch with a nato band. Nato watch bands were made for military usage. They're durable and can resist more wear and tear than standard bands.

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