To get rid of the smell, you need to do a couple of things. First you need to soak the leather watch band in vinegar. This should help to remove the smell but it will also be very hard on the leather.
There are other ways to get the smell out of the watch band. You can also get a plastic scraper that works really well. The plastic scraper can get the sides of the watch band off. It is a lot better than trying to scrape off the whole band. Some watch bands are not too thick and you can get a scraping motion across them. If you want to get rid of the smell you can use the plastic scraper or you can just wash the watch band under hot water.
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