From A to CETAE001B: Everything You Need to Know about Leather Watchbands

November 8th, 2010 | 2 Comments

You walk into a friend’s house for the first time. It’s spotless and very trendy. When you enter the living room, the first thing you notice is a huge, wrap-around couch. It’s leather.

There are two reactions you might have to this. Either you’re very impressed or insanely jealous (or maybe a little of both). Your friend must live a luxurious life, you think.

Whether it’s a wallet, handbag, or a new sofa, leather makes a statement. It’s classic, durable, and refined. Watch bands, like the one on the Orient CETAE001B, are no exception.

But like all leather products, watch bands require special care and attention in order to preserve their quality. Think about it. You wouldn’t wear your leather shoes for a jog in the rain, and you probably wouldn’t let your cat use your leather sofa as a scratching post.

Here’s everything you need to know about the the leather watchband on the CETAE001B or any other model. After reading, you’ll know how to:

  • Break in your watch band
  • Resize the band
  • Clean and care for it

Breaking in your Watch Band

Although leather bands are very comfortable, they can be a little stiff at first. Just like a new pair of shoes, you’ll want to break your new band in.

Breaking in a band is quick and easy. Take the band in your hands and gently curve it back and forth. This will loosen it up and make it more comfortable to wear.

You can also use neatsfoot oil to soften your band. Take a very small amount (a little less than the size of a dime) and use a clean rag to rub in on both sides of the band. Be careful if your leather is light in color, because neatsfoot oil can darken the color of leather, even after one use.

The CETAE001B, for example, has a leather band that’s very light in color, so you may want to skip this step in order to preserve its beautiful original color.

Like anything, the more you wear the watch, the more the band will naturally curve with your wrist and become more comfortable.

Resizing the Band

A benefit of leather watchbands is they’re easy to resize. All you need to do is add more holes to the band.

Knowing how to resize a leather watch band is an especially useful skill for women. While most women’s watches, like the Orient CETAE001B, are designed to fit a woman’s wrist, we’ve seen that many women prefer the look of menswear watches.

So if you prefer the look of a men’s watch with a leather band, like the Orient CEVAD003W for example, but the strap is too big for your wrist, here’s how to make it smaller in two simple steps.

1. Measure the distance between the holes and mark the spot for the hole you’re going to make accordingly with a pen.

2. Place the band on a wood block and use a small nail and hammer to punch the hole in.

Repeat the steps as needed until the band is the right size for your wrist. After punching a hole, you might see a portion of undyed leather. You can dye it to match or even use a marker to cover it up.

Clean & Care for the Band

Now that you’ve broken in and resized the band on your CETAE001B, you’re ready to wear it every day. In order to keep the leather looking the best and ensure that it lasts, you’ll want to clean it regularly.

Here are some ways to do that:

  • Remove your watch when you’re sleeping and bathing to give it time to breathe.
  • Mix 1 tbsp. of baking soda with water and thoroughly scrub the band with it to remove odor or a stubborn stain. Let it stand for an hour before wearing it again.
  • Clean the band with a damp washcloth about once a week.
  • Use saddle soap to clean the band if you want to make your old leather band look new. If you don’t have saddle soap, rubbing a little olive oil on the band will have the same effect.
  • Polish your band with a lint-free cloth to restore its shine.
  • Extend the life of the leather by using a leather conditioner spray. You only need to do this about once every two months.

So tell us—Why do you love leather bands? Is it their durability? Their appearance? Their comfort? Comment below.

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  2. By John Wolf on Jan 24, 2011

    I purchased an Orient Watch for my wife a couple of years back and I need to now get a replacement band. As best I can tell the model number is CETAE001B. The serial # is 602496. The number on the inside of the leather band is QUDCTX.

    Any provided information will be appreciated.
    John Wolf

  3. By james on Mar 29, 2011

    @ John Wolf

    E-mail He should be able to help you locate a band.

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