FFF Watchband (Cordovan)


All adjustable FFF watchbands are ‘buy 2 get one free’. Just add 3 to your cart (any size/leather/stud color) to see discount.

Mix adjustable cordovan or standard adjustable bands. Not good on Apple Watchbands or Custom Cordovan.

We took the design of The Original Cordovan Button-Stud Watchband, and added the ability to adjust the band to fit your wrist or preferred wear style, while maintaining the comfort, simplicity, and innovative design of the original.

Offered here in Horween’s absolute top-shelf leather, Shell Cordovan. Chromexcel & Veg Tan leather options also available.

“Why do some of the colors look different between the band and the swatch??” There can be a good bit of variation between particular pieces of cordovan (true for ALL full grain leather)–also, depending on the viewing angle, the color can change a good bit–cordovan is a particularly dynamic color tannage of leather.

  • Adjustable length button-stud band fits virtually all wrist sizes with over 2″ of adjustment.
  • If you find your new band needs to be a bit shorter or longer to fit you, or if you find the band stretching out a lot (full grain leather will stretch, some pieces just stretch TOO much, and we just replace them without hassle) contact us for a prompt fix.
  • When installed correctly (wear it as shown in our watch photos or all over our Instagram page, NOT with the button stud down on the bottom of your wrist), band design hides button-stud adjustment holes behind watch face (and keeps the button stud from banging against your wrist/desk/laptop while working). For a truly custom band sized to your watch and wrist, see The Original Cordovan Button-Stud Watchband.
  • USA made, low profile screw-back button studs in stainless steel, black DLC perma-coated stainless, and solid brass (all with hypoallergenic solid brass screw backs).


(All studs use hypoallergenic brass backs to avoid skin irritation)

The “lug width” of your watch is what determines the watch band size. You can google your watch model number and “lug width” to find out your band width, or measure the gap the band would slip through in millimeters. Contact us if you have questions, or need a band in a different width than is shown here.

Engraving/Monogramming options

See our Engraving/Monogramming page for information. Double tap images on mobile to select (single tap shows name/price options).

laser engraved pattern on band

(standard location-below stud hole, reads L-R when wrist held up) “First Middle Last” style:

(input full name, NOT initials; we will style your engraving per your selection above)

(standard location-inside band, hidden when wearing)

Engraved Handwriting (+$12.00)

Upload a clear photo of your/your kids’ handwriting on a piece of unlined printer paper (pen preferred). We’ll tweak as needed to make it engrave well and contact you to finalize location before we engrave.

(max file size 2 GB)

Gift Message OR Special Instructions

If you’d prefer a short gift message to the recipient, instead of our typical thank-you note to the purchaser, let us know what you’d like written. You can also include any special instructions/order notes to the maker.

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More Information

Original Release: October 2012

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

Our installation ‘best-practices’ to avoid scuffs (and get all the benefits of the design). 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): [unordered_list style=”bullet”]

  • 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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 61 reviews
Not what was expected

Thin plastic appearing leather. Pleather.
The brass piece was ok.
Far from satisfied. My expectation was that for $70 I would receive a high quality watch band. Save your money.

Hey Stefan. Sorry you didn’t like the cordovan. It’s definitely a glossier leather than most. We try to use lighter weight pieces for watchbands, because if it’s too thick it won’t fit through many watches. But I don’t want you to have a band that you’re clearly this unhappy with. Maybe you’d prefer a more standard cowhide leather in a chromexcel finish. I’d like to send you a couple other standard leather bands that aren’t cordovan. It’s a great leather but I usually tell people if they’re not familiar with it already it might not be for them. So unless you’re really wanting the glossy, hard wearing finish that’s sort of the signature of cordovan a different leather might be a better fit. So, I’ll send you some other options, or we can absolutely send a heavier weight piece of cordovan. Let me know which direction you’d like to go...or if you’d just prefer a refund that’s absolutely an option too. Just want to make sure you’re happy.
Happy with the first, so I did it again.

My first band came with a special priced combo deal. Second was to retrofit a watch I already had. Fulfillment and shipping was quick. Nice products.

Repeat customer

3rd watchband. Keep coming back. Comfortable, understated style. Nice customer service too.

Elevating my watch game

My Hamilton stainless steel band broke maybe 4 months after my fiance gave it to me as an engagement gift. We were both super bummed. I immediately ordered a strap from form function form and we both love it more than the original. This is my second strap I've pick up from fff and the longevity of these are amazing. The craftsperson who made is actually saw my Instagram post and gave me tips on how to better wear the band, it looks great!

Great customer service!

The leather is top quality.
The original band that I was sent was too thick (the leather itself) to work with the dress watch that I wanted to use it with.
I contacted FFF and they said it was an easy fix, and it was.I just mailed it back and was sent a new band of much thinner leather (cordovan, not the ultra thin regular leather). No extra charge, no hassle!

Perfect strap, great customer service!

The original strap I ordered, although 20mm, was still just a little too wide for the watch (Sinn 104 st sa). So they sent me a 19mm instead which fits perfectly! Thank you

10/10 have bought/will buy again

These are great watchbands, and the cordovan is a step above. More comfortable than anything I've worn before, and I constantly get compliments on it. I have 5 at this point and anytime I get a new watch, I plan to order a new FFF band right alongside it. I recently lost the first one I'd bought, but it was only getting better with age after being worn almost every day for 6 years. Great customer service and company - overall 10/10 would (and do constantly) recommend.

Exceptional in every way

I've got a few FFF straps, and every singe one is perfect. They only get better the longer I wear them. I recently lost a band and stud that Shawn had thrown in as an extra to a purchase I made years ago. I contacted him asking if I could buy a button stud from him, as I had other FFF straps that just needed a stud. Instead of selling me one, he sent me not only a button stud, but another brand new band. This is not just a guy who maintains impeccable customer service, he's generous. What a thing to be able to say about a business. Thank you Shawn!