If you have recently jumped into the world of timepiece collecting and need a watch box or watch case to store your new pieces, or are an established collector looking for a quality option to both store and display your extensive collection of watches, I think you’re going to want to pay close attention to the inside info below to help you pick out the perfect watch boxes for your collections.
While the actual selection process involved in choosing from all of the different watch boxes out there probably isn’t going to be quite as difficult or as involved as the process you go through in choosing your next timepiece investment, it is a critical component to keeping your watch collection not only in perfect working order – but also protected in a manner which allows you to display the “treasure” that you hold so dear. *grin
Hopefully you find this guide useful going forward!
Outline your expectations in advance
The most important thing for you to understand (right off the bat) is that no two watch boxes are created equally.
Some watch cases or boxes are designed as ornamental pieces of almost furniture, designed specifically to really showcase your watches while at the same time protecting them – but sometimes protection is a secondary concern.
Other watch boxes are built around security first and foremost, and usually end up looking very utilitarian, very stark, and very cold. They aren’t exactly the best option for those that want to display their extensive watch collection. In fact, these security minded watch boxes are usually purchased by those that do not want people to be aware of their collection.
The only way that you’re going to be sure of purchasing the right watch boxes or watch cases for your purposes is to outline your expectations in advance.
You’re going to need to address:
- Whether or not you want to be able to safely display your timepieces.
- Whether or not safety and security takes priority over aesthetics.
- Whether or not you need a “standalone” watch box or something that effortlessly integrates into current storage solutions.
… And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
You’re also going to need to make sure that you choose a watch box that is large enough to store your entire collection (the collection that you currently have as well as the collection that you hope to have in the future), but one that is going to allow you to smartly and effortlessly store, catalog, and maintain/protect the timepieces that you own.
This isn’t going to be quite as simple or as straightforward as many have made the process out to be. But by outlining your expectations in advance, the process becomes a lot more manageable.
Highlight the features you want your new watch box to include
Obviously, different watch boxes from different manufacturers are going to include a variety of unique features that you may or may not be interested in. And while different manufacturers will go about including these unique features in a variety of different ways, you’ll want to be sure that they are providing you everything you’re looking for – or you’ll want to continue looking at different watch cases until you find something that is pitch perfect.
Here are a couple of features that you’ll want to focus on.
Every single watch case sold on the planet is going to be lined with some type of soft material, a material that has been specifically selected to keep your watches protected – and clean.
Some boxes include velvet liners, others choose felt or suede, and others still use an almost rubberized compound to cushion the blow of any jostling or accidental drops (?) (well, not really a big deal for my G-Shock’s ).
The liner is going to be (hopefully) the only component of your watch box that comes in regular contact with your timepieces, so selecting the right material is going to make all the difference.
The automatic winding features
If you have watches in your collection that are “self-winding” you’re going to need to be sure that your box includes automatic winding mechanisms.
Not all watch cases have this feature built right in, but you’ll want to make sure that your new investment does or you’ll end up pulling watches out of storage that need to be rewound, reset, and maybe even maintained because they have been out of operation for so long.
Every single watch box option is also going to include a handful of security features and options. At minimum, your watch box should include key access and a secure lock that you know you can trust. Other options include keypads, multiple manual locking systems, hidden compartments, and even bio-metric or fingerprint reading keypads.
A general rule of thumb is to purchase the watch boxes that have the most robust security features for your budget. You can never be too safe or to secure, especially when you’re storing or protecting multi-thousand dollar timepieces.
Ancillary storage compartments
A lot of popular watch cases today do “double duty” as a bit of a catch-all when it comes to storing your valuable jewelry, important documents, your passport, and other valuables or currency.
If you’d like to make sure that all of your precious possessions are secured and protected you’ll want to invest in watch cases that provide you with extra and ancillary storage compartments that get the job done. These extra storage spaces should be as well protected and secured as the watch compartments.
Do you intend to use your watch boxes to showcase or display your collection?
If displaying your timepiece collection is important (and a lot of collectors want to be able to effortlessly show off the watches that they have accumulated) you need to be sure that your watch boxes give you that ability.
Most of the cases out there designed for display include a top shelf area where individuals can place their “on display” timepieces, an area of the watch box that is encased in security glass, plexiglass, or some type of other transparent material that still provides a layer of extra security.
Others opt for watch cases that are focused entirely on storage, safety, and preservation rather than presentation – and these boxes very rarely include any type of “display window”.
At the end of the day, it really shouldn’t be all that challenging to find the right watch boxes or watch cases for your specific needs and budgets. For me personally, If a watch box costs me the price of one brand new G-Shock, and it can protect 10 of them, it’s worth it.
For starter, let use at Amazon’s watch box store as a guide. Amazon usually has ratings reviews based on users who rate and buy their watch box.
Hopefully you have found the tips and tricks choosing a watch box that included in this quick guide to be useful, and that you are able to leverage the info above to better inform your purchasing decision.