OEM Leather band smells

Discussion in 'Apple Watch Accessories' started by ZhenyaF, Sep 28, 2016.

  1. ZhenyaF macrumors 6502

    Mar 28, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    Hey guys,

    I have an interesting question (I did google, but couldn't find an answer). I bought a used OEM blue leather band, it looks brand new, but as soon as I opened the box, and since that time, the band is giving off a smell (it's almost like a plastic smell). Is this normal? What can I do to get rid of it?

    I've never had an OEM leather band, only after market and none of them smelled when I got them
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Core

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Could be from band itself. Leather can take a unique aroma from time to time, leather shoes, jackets and gloves all exhibit this. I would leave it out of the box and air out for a few days. It eventually should fade off.
  3. Thai macrumors 6502a


    Feb 2, 2016
    All the classic buckle bands that I have tried and owned...NONE has an odor.
  4. barto78 macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2015
    An odor or unpleasant smell when it comes to rubber or leather is usually indicative of it being fake. I have a friend who bought a couple "knock off" Scotty Cameron putters and both the rubber grip and leather head covers always smelled awful.
  5. yanki01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 28, 2009
    scotty fan myself, roll a Mil-Spec. careful buying them online, plenty of fakes roaming around. given that, my black leather loop that came with my SS AW last week and i didn't notice the smell of it.
  6. ZhenyaF thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 28, 2008
    Brooklyn, NY
    It came in the original box with what looks like original marking on the band. I left it outside for about a week and since that time the smell seems to have went away. I'm guessing it happened because the previous owner never wore it - but I'm not sure how plausible that is.
  7. aloecool macrumors regular

    Mar 30, 2011
    my OEM classic buckle that I just got doesn't have a smell (also sat in a box for a long time since I updated from a first gen SG to SS), and leather shouldn't smell like plastic even if it has a smell. Might be a fake...
  8. Kyle76 macrumors regular


    Jan 22, 2017
    North Carolina
    My new OEM Classic Buckle in saddle brown has the faint smell of new shoes, a combination of shoe polish and leather.

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