When you’re traveling and plan on being away from home for more than a couple of days, you probably need to bring along an extra watch or two. You change your socks and underwear daily, so why not your watch? Vacation is no excuse to get stuck with only one, even if it is your favorite.
My favorite method for traveling with watches is to bring an Oakley Watch Vault. They’re doughnut-sized cases that technically are for safe storage in a bag or purse while you’re at the gym or somewhere where it’s not in constant motion, but they double as perfect travel compartments for your watches (one per vault). I’ve been using them for a couple of years since I discovered they come highly recommended for travel in all of the watch forums. When I’m going on a trip, I pack one watch per case and stow the vaults in my carry-on luggage.
The design is simple and effective. It uses a reinforced nylon shell on the outside with a soft, felt-like interior to keep your watches scratch-free. To close the vault, just use the zipper. It’s easy to use and won’t come untied like watch rolls.
My favorite aspect of the Oakley Vault and why it’s superior to other watch travel cases is how the center is pinched so that the clasp and the caseback never touch. This is critical when traveling with watches that have metal bracelets because unless you have the Vault or a pillow, you run the risk of adding avoidable scratches to your watch. I’m not a fan of canvas or leather watch rolls–they offer minimal protection and unless you’re traveling with pieces that have leather straps and ordinary pin buckles, they’re useless. They’ll scratch a steel bracelet and caseback due to the pressure applied from “rolling” the material onto itself, and if your leather strap has a deployment buckle you have to unfasten it completely in order to store it. But with the Vault, you can safely store any watch, no matter the strap or style, crown up and eliminate the risk of scratching.
The next best part? Vaults are affordable. At $20 apiece, you can get one or two in a pinch and protect your watches while you’re on the road.
They’re available at Amazon.com.