How to Repair a Watch Fob

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How to Repair a Watch Fob
Use simple household supplies to repair your watch fob. (time passes image by Robert Young from

Far before World War I and the popularity of the wrist watch, a pocket watch was the most common way for men and women to keep time. A pocket watch consisted of a watch with an attached chain and a small piece of leather, called a fob. The chain allowed the wearer to fasten the pocket watch to a belt loop or tuck it away in the pocket of a waistcoat or jacket, while the fob allowed further protection by covering the face of the pocket watch and any diamond embedded in the watch.

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Things you need

  • Medium bowl
  • 1 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 clean cloths
  • Mild soap
  • Leather conditioner
  • Towel
  • Leather colourant spray
  • Sponge

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  1. 1

    Mix 1 cup water with 1 cup rubbing alcohol in a bowl. Lay your fob down on a clean flat surface. Soak a clean cloth in the solution and firmly wipe down the fob. This will help remove any mildew that resulted from moisture.

  2. 2

    Pour the solution out and refill the bowl with 1 cup of water and a few drops of mild soap until you create suds. Submerge the fob in the sudsy water and run the fob between your thumb and index finger. This will help remove any dirt trapped in the leather. Repeat this process a few times.

  3. 3

    Let the fob dry in a room temperature environment away from direct sunlight.

  4. 4

    Squeeze a dime sized amount of leather conditioner onto your finger and message it into the leather. Leather conditioner helps moisturise the leather and corrects any damage due to dryness. Blot the fob off with a clean cloth and let it dry for an hour.

  5. 5

    Cut any snags of leather with a razor. Refrain from firmly pressing the razor against the leather because you might cut the leather. Try cutting away snags without nicking the leather by lightly dragging the blade over the leather at an angle.

  6. 6

    Spread out an old towel on a flat surface and set your fob down. Shake the leather colourant for at least a minute. Spray the sponge with the colourant spray. Lightly wipe the fob down with the sponge. Press down on areas of the fob that are highly discoloured. Wipe the fob again to even out colour.

  7. 7

    Let the fob dry in a room temperature environment away from direct sunlight.

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