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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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Free Economy Shipping, and free Return Shipping (USPS First Class; $0.00): 6-9 days.
Upgraded (USPS Priority; $6.00, free with $175.00 order): 5-6 days
Expedited (USPS Express; $20.00): Next day (depending on USPS restrictions to your address).
International Shipping:Note: all delivery times are estimates, and can vary, based 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. 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).
We are not responsible for delays caused by customs or other shipping issues, and will not refund shipping costs based on any delays while your order is in transit. If your order is delayed, let us know and we will initiate an investigation with the USPS to locate your package. If it is determined to be lost, we will ship your product again for free using economy shipping--any upgraded/expedited shipping for the reshipment can be accommodated at the customer's expense. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but unfortunately international shipping can be problematic at times, and while the vast majority of shipments make it without issue, occasionally things just take an inordinately long time, and very rarely completely disappear despite our best efforts. That's the worst case scenario...we will work very hard to make sure you are happy with our service, as well as our products.
Economy shipping ($8.00 to Canada, $12.00 elsewhere, free with $175 order): 10-30+ days (customs dependent, NOTE: delays possible).
Upgraded ($22.00 to Canada, $26.00 elsewhere): 10-15 days (customs dependent, NOTE: delays possible).
Expedited ($40.00 to Canada, $50.00 elsewhere): 4-7 days (customs dependent; NOTE: delays possible). NOTE: Watches are prohibited from shipment via expedited (Priority Mail Express International) to many countries. You may view the list of restrictions for your country in the "individual country listings" menu on the left side of the page here: Go to your country and do a page search for "watches" to see if it listed. If your order contains a watch, you may still ship via economy (first class package international) or upgraded (priority international) shipping.
Currently, all form•function•form products are shipped via the U.S. Postal Service (excepting an occasional FedEx or UPS express shipment at customer request--see bottom of page). We continually review our shipping methods to ensure we have selected the ideal balance between cost, speed, and reliability. Below are our current options & policies, subject to change as our knowledge evolves. 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).
Shipping within the United States (including APO/FPO Military addresses and US Territories):
FREE Economy Shipping, and FREE Return Shipping ($0.00): 6-9 days (conservative estimate). Via USPS First Class Mail. The delivery times can vary slightly; sometimes as fast as priority, sometimes a couple days longer. If you have any problems with your order, or wish to return it, contact us for a return label at no additional cost to you (check out our pretty damn liberal return policies).
Upgraded ($6.00, free with $175.00 order): 5-6 days (conservative estimate). Via USPS Priority Mail. All orders over $175 receive free upgraded shipping. Be sure to select the appropriate option when your order totals over $175.
Expedited($20.00): NEXT day (depending on USPS restrictions to your address). Via USPS Express Mail. Expedited orders jump to the head of the line, and are crafted and shipped the same day as your order (unless there is physically no way to get to the post office on time). To check on actual shipping time to your location, visit the USPS Express Mail Service Commitments calculator--our zip code is 32804.
Shipping outside the United States:Note: all delivery times are estimates, and completely can vary, based 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.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).
Economy shipping ($8.00 to Canada, $12.00 elsewhere, free with $175 order): 10-30+ days (customs dependent). Via USPS First Class International. While a low cost alternative, customers are advised that we have experienced a HIGH variation in delivery times: for example, two identically sized packages left our studio within one week of each other, both bound for the Netherlands. One package was there in three days, while the other took almost a month due to Dutch customs inexplicably taking a very long time. We have only ever had one package lost, though (or perhaps it is STILL in transit?)...so, if you don't mind the possibility of waiting, Economy is a good low-cost option. Some countries may be able to track Economy packages in their systems with the provided package identification number, but we do not have an exhaustive list (At this time, the following countries appear to be able to track packages end-to-end using Economy 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).
Upgraded ($22.00 to Canada, $26.00 elsewhere):10-15 days (customs dependent). ViaUSPS Priority Mail International. While this method, of course, also must go through customs (and is therefore subject to delays outside of our control), it tends to be faster than Economy. Typically does not include tracking, though select countries do supply tracking data (see below for a list, current as of November 2013). The USPS is continually (and rather erratically) updating and changing their offerings in the priority shipping method, so we can not guarantee up-to-date information on what is available to be tracked. (At this time, the following countries appear to be able to track packages end-to-end using 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).
Expedited ($40.00 to Canada, $50.00 elsewhere):4-7 days (customs & country dependent). Via USPS Express International. Expedited orders jump to the head of the line, and are crafted and shipped the same day as your order (unless there is physically no way to get to the post office on time). There are occasionally still delays in customs, but they are infrequent. Package tracking is supposed to be available end-to-end--there could possibly be an issue with scanning packages (or, rather packages NOT being scanned) in certain countries, but tracking for express packages has been very consistent for us to date.
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, and feel free to reach out on Facebook or Twitter.
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: