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.
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DSPTCH Dopp Kit Read More
Worn & Wound ADPT EDC Watch Pouch Read More
Timex Leather Mini-Folio Case Read More
Convoy Watch Roll Read More
Watch Rolls vs Cases
What's the difference between the options you have for carrying watches? It's pretty straightforward. Watch rolls are relatively compact and they, well, roll right up to secure your watches from most risks they might face when traveling. What they don't do is provide a hard outer shell that would protect a watch from pressure if it were, say, stored with other bags on top of it or which might shift around. Or if someone sat on your bag with your watch roll inside.
That said, watch rolls are usually more than sufficient. Cases, on the other hand, do offer stiff material to protect watches from any such pressure. This is probably what you want if you're carrying around delicate, high-value watches — though hard cases do tend to take up more room in your luggage that could be used for hotel soap.
Watchpod Travel Case
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 can't 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.
DSPTCH Dopp Kit
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 ADPT EDC Watch Fold
Worn & Wound's ADPT EDC Watch Fold 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.
Timex Leather Mini-Folio Case
Sometimes, watch brands are some of the best places to find watch carrying solutions. Makes sense, right? Not that many companies are going to be that tuned in to the needs of watch wearers. An excellent case in point: Timex with a few options for carrying watches, but we like this Mini-Folio Case that neatly holds two watches and
Convoy Watch Roll
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 Canvas Watch Roll
B&R bands are 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.
Crown & Buckle Adalwin Roll
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 soft 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.
Wolf British Racing Green Triple Role
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 under $250, you get a handsome full-grain leather exterior and a soft suede interior that will keep three of your timepieces safe and sound.
Moore & Giles Accessories Case
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.
Hodinkee Leather Travel Tube
While Hodinkee makes plenty of fine watch-carrying solutions, their handmade leather roll is a truly upscale option with many of the features you’d expect from a good roll: a refined leather exterior, an interior lined with soft suede and space for a few watches.
Shinola Multi Watch Case
Two things that come to mind when you think of Shinola (aside from shoeshine) are likely watches and leather products. The modern brand was built on the former but in the latter area they do make some fine items, indeed. A leather watch case from the brand ain't cheap, but it's also going to be of high quality, and this one is made from vachetta leather and holds three larger watches or four smaller ones.
Everest Watch Portfolio
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 that 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.