Button-Stud Watchband (Custom)


A form•function•form original (like all our creations), this minimalist design is hand cut and custom fit for your own watch and wrist from premium Horween Shell Cordovan–it looks as good on a Timex as it does on a Rolex. Wear the low-profile button stud on the inside of your wrist for sleek looks and comfort, as there are no clasps, buckles, or bulky folds of leather between your wrist and your desk. Find the measuring and installation instructions below to determine your own size.

For a band that maintains the same clean aesthetic in a more universal fit by adding hidden adjustment holes for the button stud, see our Button-Stud Watchbands in the same premium Shell Cordovan or Chromexcel/Veg Tan options, as well as our select watch & band pairings for a ready-made combination.

Available Shell Cordovan colors:

We currently have extremely limited stock of the following Horween Shell Cordovan Colors:
  • Natural Sold Out.
  • Whiskey Sold Out.
  • Brandy Sold Out.
  • Saddle Sold Out.
  • Color 4 (Oxblood) Sold Out.
  • Color 8 (Deep Burgundy)
  • Navy Sold Out.
  • Dark Green Sold Out.
  • Black
See the Cordovan Colors Graphic for comparisons & descriptions of colors.

Super-Secret*, High-Tech* 'Low-Stress Ordering System:'

We hand-make to order in our Florida studio, ship fast (usually within 2 days), and are not making money on shipping costs, so you get your stuff quickly and without loads of extra fees.
  • Free US economy shipping both ways, with upgraded options available.
  • Low cost shipping for international customers, as well as upgraded options.
  • A pretty damn liberal return policy, in case the goods don't work out for you.
Check the Shipping Information page for a description of our Economy, Upgraded, and Expedited Shipping options. (*note: not actually super-secret OR high-tech--we're just committed to not being jackasses about shipping or returns.)
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Add-A-Band? (Extra button-stud watchband for 33% off)

Select a second button-stud watchband to add to your order at a 33% discount. Button-stud color will match original band stud color (include a note in the ‘gift’ section if you would like a different stud color).

Gift Addressed?

Please include the gift recipient's name; also any brief (Twitter-size) message you'd like included.

Gift Message…

If you’d prefer a (Twitter-sized) gift message to the recipient, instead of our typical thank-you note to the purchaser, let us know what you’d like on the card.

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  • Horween Shell Cordovan in select colors. Due to the scarcity and variable lead times of Shell Cordovan, we can not accept back orders, but will be happy to notify you if we can secure more of your preferred color. Contact us with questions.
  • USA made, low profile screw-back button studs in anodized matte black (plated brass), bright silver (nickel plated brass), and solid brass.

How to find your custom watchband size:

Following the instructions below will ensure that you receive a watchband that fits you and your watch perfectly (though it will intentionally be snug at first).
  • Ensure that your watch can accept a NATO/grosgrain style band. Most can, but some have non-standard case/band connections.
  • Our measuring instructions require that you have a NATO band on-hand to measure from. You'll need to start there before investing in a premium custom button-stud band.
  • Measure twice, cut once. You're doing the crucial measuring, so follow these three steps on our to ensure a precise fit:
  • Feel free to contact us if anything doesn't make sense, or you have any questions during the process, and we'll gladly walk you through it.

A note on stretch & measuring sizes:

Leather stretches--but not on its own, like an old rubber band. We have attempted to size our products to take the stretch into account, and still result in a product that fits appropriately. Different types of our leathers may stretch more (and differently) than others, depending on their own qualities (type of animal, location on hide, etc.), and the method in which they were finished at the tannery. Here are our thoughts and observations on leathers that we work with regularly:
  • Chromexcel (Natural, Ink, Black, etc.) tanned leathers stretch markedly: an average sized bracelet can easily be stretched almost 3/4 of an inch with limited force. Chromexcel often takes on a slightly lighter color when stretched.
  • Veg Tan leathers 'give' slightly less than Chromexcel, but sill move noticably--especially when wet. Stretched Veg Tan typically retains the same color as unstretched.
  • Latigo leathers stretch very, very little, due to their tight grain and tanning processes.
  • Shell Cordovan leathers exhibit minimal stretch compared to the veg tan and chromexcel, due to the unique structure of the leather. They will, however, move slightly with time and pressure--an average bracelet-sized strip of Cordovan can gain just under 1/4" in length with limited, intentional force; this is why our Original Custom Button-Stud Watchband is tight at first, and stretches to fit perfectly after one or two wearings.
  • Russet leathers stretch very little, if at all.
  • Latigo leathers stretch very little.
  • Ultra-Thin HF (Horsefront) leathers are very thin, but due to the characteristics of horsehide, exhibit minimal stretch. They are excellent for when the absolute lightest weight leather is needed, but a very light weight regular chromexcel or veg tan (cow hide) leather would lose its shape.
With that said, if you are not happy with the size shipped to you, please refer to our Return Policies page for return shipping, replacement, or refund instructions.

Installing (and wearing) your new Button-Stud Watchband correctly:

Your first inclination, with a shiny new watchband, is to take it out of the box and slide it through your watch face, just as you always do with a NATO band: Tag end first. However, pulling the band all the way through the springbars, or removing your band by pulling on the stud end can result in a scuff from a sharp-edged watch case. Stay (so) fresh and (so) clean (clean):
  • Do not 'center' the watch face on the watch band, as you would with a normal-style/every-other-watchband-out-there. You'll see all the adjustment holes (rather than having them hidden behind the watch face, thereby presenting a nice, smooth, minimal leather band), and the button will rest on the pulse point of your wrist and get in the way while working (as well as being more likely to get snagged on something). Once you wear the button-stud watchband, you'll realize how uncomfortable it is to have watch clasps in your way while working...and you'll be so glad you took the time to read this. Hey--we're here to make your life better...or something like that.
  • Always keep the watch face close to the button stud--if you can see more than one adjustment hole while wearing the watch, you aren't getting the benefits of our original design. You can check out all of the photos of the watches on the site, if this verbal description doesn't make sense.
  • Avoid pulling the strap all the way through the springbars--only the pointed end of the strap and the adjustment holes themselves should ever pass through the springbar gap in your watch face. Pulling the entire band through can leave a big, probably-permanent scuff/scratch right down the middle of your band due to a sharp edge on your watch case.
  • To install and remove the band, first remove the button stud--as above. If you're able to install/remove the band with the button-stud still installed, re-read the above point--you won't put your eye out, but you'll end up with a scuffed up band from a sharp watch case edge (i.e., yer' doin' it wrong).
  • When installed and worn correctly, any scuffs on the leather as a result of installation will be hidden, the adjustment holes will be hidden, and the button-stud will stay out of your way while working at a desk. Hey...we don't call it 'form•function•form' because it rolls so easily off the tongue--this is a sleek and very functional design (and we want to make sure you get the most out of it).
  • In short--hide your holes, and avoid band torture by following the above tips.

Be sure to 'Mind the Gap':

On some watches (a vintage Omega Seamaster, for example), the springbar is very close to the case itself, leaving a tight space to slide a NATO-style band through. If it is relatively easy to swap grosgrain bands on your watch, this is likely not your situation. However, if you find that your case/springbar dimension is particularly tight, and getting your new band through is proving difficult, form•function•form recommends obtaining a springbar tool in order to easily remove the bar and install your cordovan band. The Swiss company Bergeon makes a quality option in their '6767' model. It will take at most 15 seconds to figure out how to use the tool to remove the springbars; just make sure the 'spring' doesn't shoot the tiny part across the room--that will take hours to undo.

Installing the band 'point-first', as above, rather than 'rounded-end first' will make the whole process go much more smoothly, especially in a tight springbar gap; we intentionally pointed the end of the band to make installation easier--slipping the small point through the springbar enables a good grip to pull the rest through.

Shipping to US and US Territories:

United States Postal Service domestic shipping: Low cost, typically reliable, and typically faster than similarly priced UPS/FedEx ground offerings.  Has been known to suffer delays during times of heavy demand or severe weather.  Only Expedited/Express is date guaranteed, other offerings are subject to occasional delays outside our control.  We do not require signatures on any domestic USPS shipments.

  • Free Economy Shipping (USPS First Class; $0.00): 2-3 days to craft your item, and then 4-6 days in transit (USPS first class is highly variable, and is the first to suffer postal delays during times of high demand, e.g. holidays), for a total of 6-9 days. NOTE: free economy shipping does not include replacement if lost of damaged between leaving our studio and being in your hands. NO GUARANTEE OF DELIVERY DATE.
  • Economy PLUS (USPS First Class; $2.00 per product): Same shipping speed as regular Economy, but we will send a free replacement of any items damaged and/or lost in transit. NO GUARANTEE OF DELIVERY DATE. We will wait 3 weeks from the date of shipment before sending a replacement for a missing shipment, to ensure your package was not simply misplaced by the USPS.  We ask that any late-arriving, previously-thought-lost-and-replaced packages be returned to us; we'll give you a special gift when it makes its way back home.  Any damaged items or packages delivered empty/missing items shall be replaced immediately.
  • Upgraded (USPS Priority; $5.95, free with $175.00 order): 2-3 days for us to craft your item, and then 2-3 days in transit (transit times are typical, and not guaranteed; USPS Priority is not a guaranteed delivery service), for a total of 4-6 days, includes same replacement for damaged/lost items as Economy PLUS.
  • Expedited (USPS Express; $19.99): Same day crafting and shipment (if there is physically time to make and ship your order before the last USPS pick up of the day @ 5:00 pm EST), plus 1-3 day delivery (depending on USPS restrictions to your address, could be as many as 3 days to remote addresses), includes same replacement for damaged/lost items as Economy PLUS. USPS Express IS a guaranteed-date delivery service. Should your package not arrive on its scheduled date (per the tracking number in the shipment confirmation email you receive when your order ships), contact us immediately.

FedEx Express domestic shipping.  Higher cost, higher reliability, date-specific delivery. See FedEx's US Package Service Guide for a more complete description of services and obligations. We do not require signatures on domestic FedEx shipments. All FedEx services offered by fff to the 50 US states include a money-back guarantee for shipment costs.  Contact us immediately if your delivery is, per FedEx, "even 60 seconds late."  All FedEx shipment options include the same replacement for lost/damaged goods as Economy PLUS, above.

  • FedEx 3-day (rates vary by destination): FedEx "Express Saver." Same/next day crafting plus 3-days in transit, for a total of 3-4 days to your door. Delivery to businesses by 4:30 p.m. and to residences by 8 p.m.Check transit times here for specifics to your destination, from zip 32804.
  • FedEx 2-day (rates vary by destination): FedEx "2Day." Same/next day crafting, plus 2 business days in transit, for a total of 2-3 days to your door. Delivery by 4:30 p.m. to most areas (by 8 p.m. to residences). Check transit times here for specifics to your destination, from zip 32804.
  • FedEx Overnight (rates vary by destination): FedEx "Standard Overnight." Same day crafting and shipment (if there is physically time to make and ship your order before the last FedEx pick up of the day at 5:15 pm EST), plus overnight delivery. Next-business-day delivery by 3 p.m. to most U.S. addresses; by 4:30 p.m. to rural areas; and by 8 p.m. to residences. Check transit times here for specifics to your destination, from zip 32804

International Shipping:

Due to the uncertain nature of USPS and its partner parcel delivery services worldwide, as well as the customs officers used in this low-cost shipping method, all USPS delivery times are estimates, and can vary wildly, based largely on your country's customs offices. We include appropriate paperwork, but sometimes things just take an inexplicably long time to clear customs, and there is unfortunately absolutely nothing we can do to hurry the process along.  For day-specific delivery, please use the FedEx delivery options.  Additionally, any customs duties/fees/VAT imposed by governmental authorities or local carrier shall be the customer's responsibility (contact us with questions or concerns on this point).
Please note: form•function•form shall not be responsible for loss or damage to any order shipped internationally via USPS.  For guaranteed delivery dates and packages insured against loss, theft, and damage, please use the FedEx delivery options.  No refunds shall be offered on international shipping fees or lost/stolen merchandise shipped via USPS.
In an extremely high percentage of the time, international shipments sent via USPS (our 'economy' and 'upgraded' options) have made it to their destination without any problem, particularly to any country offering electronic delivery confirmation service (see USPS first class international "E-USPS DELCON INTL" participating countries at the usps.com page here, and USPS Priority mail international participating countries here). As of March 2014, the following countries appear to be able to track packages end-to-end using Economy and Upgraded shipping, but we do not guarantee this capability: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland.

  • Economy shipping via USPS First Class Package International (approximately $10; price varies by location and shipment weight, add products to cart to find your exact shipping fee--free with $175 order): 10-30+ days (customs dependent, NOTE: customs delays are possible and completely unavoidable from our end.  If your country's customs office is slow, or backed up, your package will simply sit until they get to it).
  • Upgraded via USPS Priority International (price varies by location, does not depend on weight of shipment, approximately $25): 10-15 days (customs dependent, NOTE: customs delays are still possible with USPS priority shipments.  They happen less often than with economy/first class, but DO still occur occasionally, particularly in times of high demand).
  • Expedited via FedEx International Priority (price varies by location, depending on weight, typically between $50 and $60): Date-specific shipping, typically in 1-3 business days.  Check your specific country here at FedEx's Rate and Transit Time estimator, from US zip code 32804. All international Expedited orders are crafted and shipped the same day (if there is physically time to make and ship your order before the last FedEx pick up of the day). We do not ship 'signature required.' If you would like us to require a signature at delivery, contact us after placing your order.

Return Shipping

  • All returns are subject to our returns policy, visible here.
  • Free return shipping for all US orders.  Contact us via our contact page for a pre-paid label.
  • International customers are encouraged to ship return orders via insured, signature-confirmation methods.  form•function•form shall not be responsible for return shipments that are lost, damaged, or otherwise do not make it to our studio in the condition they left your hands.  Contact us prior to returning any goods; we reserve the right to refuse delivery/refund/replacement of any goods returned without prior authorization.
General Shipping Information/Timeframes/Other Options: If you prefer delivery by some method not listed here, or have a question about shipping policies, send us an email, and you should hear back within hours; if you haven't heard back quickly enough, feel free to send another email without worrying that you're bothering us--sometimes emails come in and in the rush of getting other things out the door they fall behind--every question is read, and we immediately respond to any problem. Never hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns about your order, and feel free to reach out on Facebook or Twitter (or any of our other contact methods). Every product is made by hand in our studios in Florida. The vast majority of orders ship within two to three business days. However, in times of extreme high demand, new orders may ship out slightly later. We will keep customers updated via our Facebook page and email on new and unexpected multiple-day shipping delays. Of course, if you ever have a question about--or problem with--your order, please shoot out an email: