Last updated: August 6, 2021

Welcome to our big watch box test 2021. Here we present all the watch boxes we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best watch box for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should pay attention to if you want to buy a watch box.




Summary

  • Watch boxes are ideal for storing automatic watches and other mechanical watches as well as quartz watches.
  • In addition to models for a few watches, there are also models that offer space for many watches as well as jewellery and other objects. When choosing a watch box, you should also consider whether you want one with or without a lock.
  • Alternatives to simple watch boxes are e.g. watch showcases, jewellery boxes, chests. Small, light watch boxes that are nevertheless robust are particularly suitable for transport.

The Best Watch Box: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a watch box

In this guide, you will learn about different types of watch boxes and where you can buy them. If you are not sure which watch box best suits your collection, the following text will provide you with helpful information that should make your decision easier.

What watch storage options are there?

In addition to watch boxes, there are of course numerous other storage options, such as watch showcases, jewellery boxes, jewellery stands, jewellery cases, watch boxes, watch winders and watch chests.

There are many different ways to store watches. (Image source: pexels.com / Pixabay)

Simple options such as storage in a drawer are also possible, depending on the case. Lightweight watch boxes are usually ideal for transport and should ideally have space for the complete watch collection.

What materials are available?

Watch boxes made of real wood are particularly beautiful to look at. There are also watch boxes made of veneered wood. Veneered wood wears out more quickly and the product appears to be of significantly lower quality. The only advantage of veneered wood, however, is the price and with frequent transport, annoying signs of wear can occur even with real wood.

Therefore, buying watch boxes made of veneered wood can be quite sensible. It is important to find out about the quality beforehand so that there are no unpleasant surprises.

Did you know that there is a technical term for the internal clock? It is called chronobiology and deals with the temporal organisation of physiological processes and behaviour patterns of organisms.

There are also watch boxes made of genuine leather, which are considerably more expensive but of absolutely high quality and are extremely popular with collectors. A dark leather with correspondingly light contrast stitching looks very noble with correspondingly elegant automatic watches.

There are also many watch boxes made of white leather, but unfortunately these models quickly become dirty. However, such models are very popular with women.

What are the reasons for buying a watch box?

Valuable watches of collectors simply also need a suitable, practical and elegant storage option. Watch boxes are practical because they can be transported easily, the watch box is often lockable and thus thieves can also be prevented from inconspicuously stealing them.

In addition, such boxes can sometimes be stored in the safe and the watches can also be interestingly displayed sorted in the box, so that visitors and friends can admire the collection in all its glory without the watches getting scratched or dusty, when simply stored in any open space or in a drawer, where friction can unfortunately scratch the watches.

Thus, the watches remain in mint condition for a longer period of time and can be presented as a whole at any time. Of course, care should be taken that the watch box has a viewing glass so that the watches can actually be seen from the outside and the watch box does not have to be kept open all the time.

How much does a watch box weigh?

A watch box often weighs between 0.5 kg and 4 kg, for heavy wooden models.

How much do watch boxes cost?

A wooden watch box costs between €60 and €200.

Watch boxes made of wood are particularly elegant. (Image source: Pixabay / pexels.com)

What should be considered before buying a watch box?

  • It should be considered how many watches the collector has or how many watches are actually important and, if necessary, how many watches are to be transported.
  • Choose the right colour and design, from plain to extravagant, everything is possible.
  • For women, a combination watch box is also an option, in which jewellery can also be stowed away.
  • Ideally, the size of the watches should also be taken into account, as particularly large watches do not necessarily fit into a watch box and may be damaged.

Decision: What types of watch boxes are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, you can distinguish between three types of storage options for watches:

  • Classic watch boxes
  • Watch winder

The classic watch box is a box in which you can store any number of watches. Most of these boxes also have a viewing window. Watch winders, on the other hand, are essential for mechanical watches. They ensure that your automatic watch is wound and ready for use even when you are not wearing it.

How does a classic watch box work? What are its advantages and disadvantages?

The main differences between watch boxes are the materials used and their workmanship. You will find a number of sellers on the internet who offer storage boxes for your watch. They sell different models and use different materials. The highest quality classic watch boxes are made of wood, leather or imitation leather.

For a cheaper option, you can also opt for watch boxes made of plastic or plastic. If you are looking for a wooden watch box but do not want to spend a lot of money, you should look for models made of veneered wood. There are many different forms of classic watch boxes. Examples are watch cases, which are easier to transport, watch cases for a small number of watches, watch boxes and watch chests. However, all these terms refer to the same thing in principle.

Advantages
  • Practical
  • Noble design
  • Mostly inexpensive
  • Lockable
Disadvantages
  • No standard sizes for watches

The inside of the case contains (often removable) pads for your watches, made of high-quality or cheaper textiles. In any case, make sure that your watch box contains watch pads. This will protect your watches from scratches, cracks and the like. In summary, it can be said that classic watch boxes differ in quality, shape and price.

How does a watch winder work and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

This type of storage device for your watches was originally developed and manufactured for automatic watches. Watch winders are used to keep your watch from stopping when you don't wear it for more than 24 hours. Especially if your watch has special functions such as a calendar or a moon phase display, a watch winder is very useful.

Be careful not to be too frugal when choosing your watch winder. It's better to buy a high-quality product to ensure that your already expensive automatic watch is stored in a suitable place.

Advantages
  • Suitable for high-quality automatic watches
  • Stylish design
Disadvantages
  • Very expensive
  • Little space

Watch winders in the luxury class are increasingly being found on the market. These can be individually programmed. With some newer models, you can do this programming via USB or an app. If you own a high-quality automatic watch and place particular value on its storage, you can buy a safe with an integrated watch winder.

The battery of your watch can be moved in a watch safe with one battery charge for up to one year. If you have a slightly older model that moves through watch oil, a watch winder will help prevent that same oil from thickening. However, caution is advised. If you set your watch winder incorrectly, it can lead to wear and tear of mechanical components in the worst case.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate watch boxes

In the following, we would like to show you which criteria you can use to compare and evaluate watch boxes. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular box is suitable for your purposes or not.

  • Material
  • Weight
  • Colour
  • Size
  • Space for watches

In the following sections, you can read about the individual purchase criteria and how you can classify them. Tip: Take a look at our watch box comparison table. In this easy-to-understand overview, we have compared the currently most important watch winders with each other based on the purchase criteria presented here.

With this knowledge, you can possibly rule out a product quite quickly and then concentrate on a few remaining ones, which you can examine more closely.

Material

Watch boxes can be made of a wide variety of materials. Entry-level models are often made of plastic with a Plexiglas lid. More upmarket models have fine velvet in the cushions of the watch boxes and imitation leather covers.

Material Description
Wood Watch boxes made of wood not only look elegant, they also add charm to the watches. In addition, wood is a renewable raw material that is very resistant and provides optimum protection for your watches.
Wood veneer If your watch box is only going to be in your wardrobe anyway and you are more concerned with its purpose than its appearance, you can also opt for a product made of wood veneer. These versions are considerably cheaper than boxes made of real wood.
Leather Leather watch boxes are also very popular. They impress with their robustness paired with a supple surface. Since they are usually lighter than the wooden versions, you can also take them with you on your travels.

In the higher price segment, you will find models with real leather or made of high-quality wood. Some watch boxes are made of mahogany wood, for example. A piano lacquer is also nice, which gives the watch box a very noble appearance.

The question always arises as to the purpose for which the box is purchased, whether it is primarily for displaying the watches, for the beautiful presentation or whether it is actually only for transport and protection from scratches and dirt. If it is only for the latter, then cheap material is more appropriate, as you do not always have to make sure that the watch box remains free of damage, as a replacement costs very little and the watches are still well protected even with cheaper materials.

Basically, it is advisable to invest a little more in the material for more expensive watches, as otherwise the watch box will make the expensive watches appear less valuable, which is usually not in the owner's interest. For daily transport, you can use a cheap watch box. There are also models that sufficiently reveal the beauty and elegance of the watches.

Weight

The weight of the watch box ranges from a few hundred grams to several kilograms. Above all, it should be borne in mind that a watch box in full condition could weigh many times that. Some watch boxes are not necessarily designed for high weights, as the materials of the watch box are also subjected to much greater stress with high forces, and the watch box tends to be damaged as a result.

Depending on the case, it is also quite inconvenient to lug around heavy watch boxes, especially when travelling and the weight should actually be as low as possible, as this is simply more practical.

Did you know that the watch already existed in ancient times? In ancient times, however, there were no wristwatches; instead, people oriented themselves by the sun and the moon. This gave rise to the shadow clock in Ancient Egypt.

A watch box should normally already have a certain empty weight, as otherwise the box will also move excessively when shaken and the material tends to be less resistant in lighter boxes. Nevertheless, it is always important to consider whether the box is to be used for display or for transport. Depending on this, lightweight boxes are also well suited.

Colour

The colour of the watch box should of course always be judged in conjunction with other colours and designs. Does the colour suit the watches? Does the colour suit a particular room? To certain pieces of furniture? This product characteristic has a great influence on the effect of the clocks and on the viewers.

Often plain or neutral ones can be recommended, as these combine colours with a variety of clocks. Striking colours should really only be considered for appropriate watch models. Otherwise the colour of the watch box will be too dominant and the watches will hardly be shown to advantage.

Since the watches should actually be in the foreground, it would be a pity if the watch box made the watches visually secondary. In general, wood-coloured watch boxes in particular can have a great effect and tend not to be as dominant as others. Such boxes can also be combined well with precious metals and watches with monotonous colours.

Size

The size of the watch box should not really be considered in isolation, but must be weighted together with all other criteria. Among other things, it should also be taken into account whether the watches placed are rather large or small.

Depending on the size, they may not fit into the watch box at all or they may get lost visually within a large watch box, which is not the point. Large watch boxes also tend to be heavier and have more space for watches. For small collections, a small, practical and beautiful watch box may be enough.

What is always important is the size inside and the question: how much space is available for the individual watches? The largest watch box is of no use if the individual partitions are so narrow that there is simply no room for large watches. Therefore, the size of the interior should also be an important criterion when making a purchase.

Space for watches

This point was already emphasised in the previous section. It is essential for the homogeneous appearance of the collection that there are not too many different watch boxes and that these watch boxes do not also look very contrasting so it does not disturb the harmony between the clocks and the rooms.

More expensive clocks should nevertheless tend to be placed in clock boxes with few spaces. In the case of cheap watches, it tends to be enough if they are placed in larger watch boxes. It is also important to consider how many watches you would like to buy in the future, as this is a good way to make provisions.

After considering all the purchase criteria, there is of course still the question of the weighting of the individual criteria. There is usually no such thing as an absolutely ideal product.

Facts worth knowing on the subject of watch boxes

Are there luxury versions?

Some watch boxes cost over 500 euros or even several 1000 euros. There are no limits here and manufacturers are resourceful in designing real luxury models. In some cases, such noble watch boxes are also specially designed according to the customer's wishes.

Can't you make a beautiful watch box yourself?

Of course, you don't necessarily have to buy a watch box. If you have the appropriate skills and equipment, you can also make one yourself.

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