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Adamantium411

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What kind of condition is yours in, and how long have you had it? I’ve seen a handful of people say theirs didn’t patina, so much as just break down. Any first hand accounts?
 
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Adamantium411

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Jan 26, 2021
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Remember the leather type of apple watch band is different from that of the leather case. It does not develop patina
I actually didn’t know that. My question isn’t really about patina so much as wear, though. I’ve seen a handful of people showing black scuffs on theirs after less than a month. I’m wondering if that’s an endemic issue, or just a couple flukes.
 

mikeb298

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Dec 1, 2019
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My band has been fine. Some minor wear around the curve near the lugs and on bottom side where my wrist rests against my desk. Not developing a patina like my poppy case
 
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tuanlouis

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I use many Apple leather bands but not a single band developed patina. Then I know they are different leather type, or I guess the outter side of the band does not contact human oil and sweat.
 

Adamantium411

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Jan 26, 2021
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My band has been fine. Some minor wear around the curve near the lugs and on bottom side where my wrist rests against my desk. Not developing a patina like my poppy case
Appreciate it. The part that rests against your desk, is it getting like, dark stained spots, or just normal wear?
 

JW313

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Remember the leather type of apple watch band is different from that of the leather case. It does not develop patina
This is true. I purchased the saddle brown thinking I could get it to work into a dark rich brown. Nope. The leather seems painted more than tanned.
 

Adamantium411

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Jan 26, 2021
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This is true. I purchased the saddle brown thinking I could get it to work into a dark rich brown. Nope. The leather seems painted more than tanned.
That’s definitely the case. In fact, you can see on mine where the paint ends.
 

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JW313

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Dammit. Now I want one.
What size watch and color do you have? I have a great middle of the road option with minimal wear Id sell ya.

 

Watsonsa

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Mar 23, 2021
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I’ve had my California Poppy strap since Nov 2020 (4 months) and it’s wearing badly. The “paint” is coming off the leather. I took it to Apple and they claimed it’s normal wear and tear. I think that’s very poor, considering the price of it. Anyone else?
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ako323

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Six months in. Paint is coming off. Thought it was dirt and wiped it down to notice it took off more paint. (think i mentioned this in another thread). Apple support told me to go to the genius bar. Waited an hour for them to tell me it is considered normal wear and tear and there was no way it was going to get replaced even though my watch is pristine aside from the strap. Definitely no patina. Just flakes paint.

I wonder how long before we start seeing people talking about the chalk version.
 

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nycgeo

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Apr 12, 2005
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This is true. I purchased the saddle brown thinking I could get it to work into a dark rich brown. Nope. The leather seems painted more than tanned.
It is painted. They all are. Leather is (largely) a scam of an industry/material, especially in fashion products.
 
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nycgeo

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Six months in. Paint is coming off. Thought it was dirt and wiped it down to notice it took off more paint. (think i mentioned this in another thread). Apple support told me to go to the genius bar. Waited an hour for them to tell me it is considered normal wear and tear and there was no way it was going to get replaced even though my watch is pristine aside from the strap. Definitely no patina. Just flakes paint.

I wonder how long before we start seeing people talking about the chalk version.
Correct, it’s paint. You can’t patina plastic, which is what the paint on the leather bands is principally made of.
 

nycgeo

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Apr 12, 2005
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That’s definitely the case. In fact, you can see on mine where the paint ends.
That’s not where the poppy paint ends, it’s where the side paint begins. Most leather has a PU “painted” finish on all ends to bind them together and make them resistant to wear and separation. This band is a marvel of “leather” work, and absolutely benefits from this PU side paint/glue/binding.
 
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