Putting together the perfectly packed and organized travel bag is immensely satisfying, and if you’re traveling with your watch collection in tow, be sure to extend that satisfaction to your timepieces. A good case, roll or pouch should keep your watches safe and organized and be compact enough to fit in with the rest of your on-the-road gear – here are our favorites, ready for your next adventure.
So you just want a simple and cheap way to carry around an extra watch while traveling? If you don’t want anything fancy, you cant go wrong with one of these lil guys. The hardshell case features 1680 Denier Ballistic Nylon and a padded interior, and the conical shape provides a base for your watch to wrap around while the case is closed, keeping it held in place.
Okay, yes, this is a dopp kit, and its primary purpose is for typical dopp kit things — which are not watches. Except it has an ingenious ace up its sleeve: a drop-out compartment with a built-in valet tray. So this ingenious little compartment fulfills two needs at once, storing your watch both for transport and for when you get to your destination. In fact, we love it so much we gave it a GP100 award way back in 2014.
Worn & Wound’s EDC fold is simple, functional and looks cool as hell thanks to some bright color accents. The interior of the fold is made up of two soft neoprene pouches, accommodating two watches, and the exterior is made from handsome and durable 1000D nylon. Meanwhile, a length of 550 paracord keeps the fold closed together.
Convoy Co’s watch roll represents one of the better values on this list – it fits four watches while an additional pocket can carry extra straps, spring bars and a strap-changing tool. Better yet, it’s made from Italian leather that will patina with age.
B&R bands is primarily on our radar for their quality watch straps, but we took notice of their canvas watch roll. Holding four watches (with another pocket for a tool or the like) it's got a rugged look but with the kind of premium details appropriate for your precious watches. Canvas provides a durable exterior, but soft suede lines the inside and it's all secured with an Italian leather strap.
Another handsome design that can be configured to fit four or six watches, this roll is handmade in the US and features a leather exterior and a supple suede interior that won’t scuff up any of your timepieces. The closure is comprised of a leather chord, a brass rivet and a wooden toggle.
While a hard-sided watch roll doesn’t accommodate as many watches and accessories as a soft roll-up, it offers just a bit of added protection. Wolf is well known as a maker of solid watch accessories for the money, and for $250 you get a handsome full-grain leather exterior and a soft suede interior that will keep three of your timepieces safe and sound.
If you really want to make sure you’re watches are cradled in the plushest way, how about a case made with a shearling lining? This case from American leather goods purveyor Moore & Giles has that, along with an exterior made from nubuck bison leather. While the additional interior pocket is meant for small items like earrings and cufflinks, we see no reason why you can’t pack a couple of extra NATO straps in there.
A unique concept from Everest — which makes some damn-fine rubber straps for Rolexes — this "watch portfolio" features an exterior made from naturally-tanned calf leather, a soft interior has three removable watch pouches. As a bonus, it accommodates straps and tools as well, and even features a zippered pocket on the outside fold for extra storage.
While Hodinkee makes plenty fine watch-carrying solutions, their textured leather travel case is a truly classy and upscale option with many of the features you’d expect from a good carrying case: a refined leather exterior, an interior lined with soft suede and space for four watches. Dividers will add extra protection, and the cushions snap in and out of the case for easy use.