In a world of digital displays, electric cars, and smart-everythings, a wristwatch remains a classic statement of personal style. From James Bond to Tom Brady and Joe Biden, when a man wants to stand out in a crowd, he does so by showcasing what’s around his wrist. But just like all other menswear items of quality, from leather shoes to selvedge denim, protecting that investment is key to lengthening its days and preventing damage. Whether you’ve been collecting chronographs for decades or are just now wading into the timepiece world, a quality watch storage box should be your next purchase.
Designed first and foremost to protect your investment, many watch storage cases also act as a display piece, creating a handsome means of showcasing collection when they’re not in use. Watch boxes also ensure that when you want to slip one on your wrist, you’re not digging through the junk drawer or under the nightstand while trying to recall when you last wore that treasured timepiece. While some watch boxes are simply that — a box that holds anywhere from a single case and bracelet to well into the double digits — others feature rotating actions designed to maintain self-winding movements as well as preserve their precise timekeeping for weeks and even months at a time. Whether you own a Rolex or a Timex, the best watch storage boxes will keep them safe, secure, and ready for service.
Many boxes on this list feature large viewing windows that both facilitate selection and act as a kind of humble brag when others tour your space. But for the man who knows himself and what's on his wrist, we like the understated beauty of this box by Corrigan. Walnut and steel combine for an understated, elegant design that holds up to eight watches.
This handsome leather case fits one watch, and has room for your wedding band as well. So it's a win-win. It has a suspended watch cushion and two compartments, and you can add a personal touch with monogramming. The case has microsuede interior lining.
This showpiece has a wooden frame, black textured silk lining, locking glass cover, piano black case and chrome finished hardware. In other words, it's a beaut. It fits five watches and looks damn fine doing it.
So you're looking for something unique, something that's the opposite of boxy? The Smythson watch roll is perfect for traveling, sure, but just as at home in your bedroom. It's made of crossgrain calf leather, has a contrasting suede lining and removable padded roll. And of course, you can personalize it.
Elegant and minimalist, this handcrafted watch display has a rich a grey velvet interior and glass top. It cradles your five timepieces, and hand milled hardware secures and highlights the front of the case, so no nosy kids can go digging around inside.
Like a fancy restaurant, this is the watch box deconstructed. Holding up to four timepieces on its eight-inch core, there’s easy access and from-all-angles visibility. We also liked the option of selecting our wood (ebony or a natural-finished hardwood) as well as engraving, making it a perfect gift.
With both more capacity and a lesser price than the other premium options on this list, the Winding Box blends economy with function. Holding up to four watches in a winding mechanism below, it also stores five watches above. Both are viewable through glass windows. The winder itself, while not especially rich in features, is incredibly quiet and allows for unidirectional or alternating rotation.
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