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It’s Time to Invest in a Watch Storage Box

Give your timepieces the respect they deserve.

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 watches are delicate and need protection. If 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 timepiece investment, many watch storage cases also act as a display piece, creating a handsome means of showcasing your careful selections when they’re not being worn. Others also feature a winding action designed to maintain mechanical 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 and secure for years to come. 

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.

For those wishing to make a statement with their timepiece storage just as much as the timepieces themselves, Bey-Berk’s option is the way to go. Inlayed with steel accents, and then lacquered to a rich shine, it’s a beautiful addition to any space. Four velour watch pillows organize your collection, while a smaller nine-grid section holds cufflinks and other miscellany.

Luxury and vintage timepieces are like motorcycles: If they’re not regularly used, expensive problems can develop. Wolf’s case is designed to prevent this thanks to an automatic winding mechanism under a sleek leather exterior. Press start and walk away; its variable-speed, bi-direction winder rotates your single watch so that it consistently runs and it immediately ready for use. Powered by cord or AA batteries, it has a bevy of programmable settings as well as a sleep mode.

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.

For the man whose collection has long since surpassed his number of wrists, All in Time’s option is the best bet. It carefully arranges up to 36 watches in three tiers, the topmost of which is visible through a glass window. It also includes an inlaid quartz clock for the ultimate meta display.

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.

Lean and mean, this minimalistic unit houses one watch and offers rotation as well. While its lacquered ebony finish projects a classic air, under the hood is Japanese precision, which agitates the watch bi-directionally in a two-minute interval. The hinged lid is beautiful in design, and a glass window allows for viewing from above.

We love this for long trips and up to three watches, but its PU leather looks just as handsome on a chest of drawers when we return home. Robust internal dividers protect the watches from each other, while three removable pillows allow for easy access when you’re running late.

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