Watchbands also available in Chromexcel & Veg Tan leathers and Shell Cordovan separately in 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, and 24 millimeter widths (and we'll probably make you one in a different width if yours isn't listed–just ask).
Check the Shipping Information page for a description of our Economy, Upgraded, and Expedited Shipping options.
(*note: not actually patented--in fact, we wish it would catch on everywhere...)
Select whichever you more strongly prefer: Leather band or watch face color; the other option (as well as available photographs in the gallery) will update to show available combinations based on your choice.
If yours is a small/medium size wrist, and you find too much extra band on the button-stud end of the strap, simply trim the excess off. We suggest leaving approximately 3/4" of leather past the button stud. Cutting a slightly rounded arc is recommended, but not necessary--the adjustable end you cut is intentionally hidden by the studio-finished tag end.
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):
Unscrew and remove the button-stud from the band. This is the 'stud end'; the other end (with the hole that goes over the stud) is the 'tag end'.
Insert the stud end between the springbar and the case on the 12 o'clock position.
Thread the band through and back out the 6 o'clock springbar, pulling very little of the tag end through, usually under 1 inch is sufficient.
Re-attach the button-stud to the band.
Note that this method keeps the visible parts of your new watchband from passing between the springbar and the case. Aren't you glad you read this?
To wear the band as intended, adjust as needed so that the button-stud itself stays very close to the watch face, rather than on the bottom of your wrist (pulse point) as is typical with standard watchbands. This will keep the stud from ever being between your wrist and your desk, virtually remove any possibility of it being pulled inadvertently, and keep the extra adjustment holes hidden behind the watch face--resulting in a highly functional, clean looking watch band.
To remove the band, unscrew the button stud and pull the stud end back through the case. Do not pull the full length of the band through the watch face, or you may permanently scratch the leather in a location that is visible when wearing--keep any scratches on the adjustment/stud-end, and they will be hidden when you reinstall the band. Make sure to put the stud back on the band, or it will join your lost wallet, socks, and keys in no time.
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.
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).
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).
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, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, 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, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland).
Expedited ($30.00 to Canada, $40.00 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: