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Article: How to Travel With Your Watches - The Complete Guide

Traveling with Watches

How to Travel With Your Watches - The Complete Guide

If you are obsessed with watches, you will want to take your timepieces with you wherever you go. Having watches with you on your vacation can be an incredibly enriching experience, but it requires careful planning to ensure the protection and security of your prized timepieces.

Whether you’re embarking on a short vacation or a longer journey, this comprehensive guide will provide you with all the essential information you need to know about traveling with watches. From selecting the right watch to packing them securely, and navigating foreign destinations with confidence, we’ve got you covered.

Which Type of Watch to Take on a Trip

When choosing a watch for your travels, it’s important to prioritize durability and functionality. Consider the following factors to select the ideal watch:


Rolex Submariner Lifestyle Photo

Example: The Rolex Submariner is renowned for its durability. With a stainless-steel case, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and a solid construction, it can withstand the rigors of travel while maintaining its elegance.


Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Travel Watch

Example: The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean is a highly water-resistant watch designed for aquatic adventures. With a water resistance of up to 600 meters (2000 feet) and features like a screw-down crown and a helium escape valve, it ensures reliable performance even in challenging underwater environments.


Rolex GMT Master II

Example: The Rolex GMT-Master II is an iconic watch with a GMT function, allowing you to track multiple time zones simultaneously. With its distinct 24-hour bezel and an additional GMT hand, it enables easy adjustment to different time zones while maintaining precision and style.

    Patek Philippe Nautilus for travel
    Example: The Patek Philippe Nautilus is a classic and versatile timepiece that effortlessly blends casual and formal aesthetics. With its distinct octagonal case, integrated bracelet, and refined design elements, it can be dressed up or down, making it suitable for various occasions and attire.

      How Many Watches to Take on Vacation

      The number of watches to bring largely depends on the nature of your trip and what kind of packer you are. Here are some guidelines to help you decide:

      • For shorter trips, one or two well-selected watches should suffice.
      • Longer journeys may require a variety of watches to suit different occasions and outfits. Consider your planned activities and select the watches that best suits your needs. If you’ll be enjoying a week at the beach, a vintage chronograph may not be the ideal choice initially. However, it could serve as a fantastic second option for an evening out.
      • Strike a balance between practicality and variety, considering the versatility of your watches.

      Packing Your Watches

      The safety of your watches during transit is one of the main concerns that comes up when wanting to travel with watches. That is why we at Charles Simon offer a wide range of watch accessories designed to keep your watches secure in style while on the go. No matter the number of watches you are taking with you or the size of your luggage, we have the right travel accessory for you.

      In addition to protection, a dedicated travel watch accessory also keeps your timepieces organized in an assigned spot instead of letting them fly around loosely in a suitcase or hotel room.

      Here is an overview over the different kinds of watch accessories for travel, to help you determine the right one for you:

      Watch Roll

      With a compact format and round shape that easily slips into any bag or carry-on, a watch roll, like the Theo Watch roll by Charles Simon, is the perfect all-in-one travel companion for taking your favorite watch with you on shorter trips.

      Theo Watch roll for traveling with one watch

      The Theo Watch roll at a glance:

      • Convenient transport and storage for one watch
      • Compact shape ideal for travel
      • Quick transformation into watch stand through multiple positions allows for practical watch display in hotel rooms, etc.
      • Sturdy anodized aluminum and French leather keep watch protected from travel impacts
      • Handmade in Canada
      • Endless color options to perfectly match your favorite watch

      Watch Case

      For some travelers, comfort goes above all, and no means are shied away from to ensure that everything is up to the highest standards. 

      A watch case like the Eaton 1 is like a luxury resort for your timepiece, ensuring that your precious watch is transported and displayed in the most refined way possible, no matter where in the world you might be.

      Eaton 1 Watch case for one watch lifestyle photo

      These are the standout features of the Eaton 1:

      • Made for 1 watch
      • Semi-rigid casing to keep watches safe with cushioning effect
      • Removable soft Alcantara cushion
      • Handmade in Canada
      • Customization and color options to match specific watch

      If you are going on a longer trip or are simply unable to restrict yourself to one timepiece, a watch case for multiple watches, like the Eaton 3 Watch case, is the right choice for you.

      Eaton 3 Watch case holding 3 watches lifestyle shot

      Here’s what you should know about the Eaton 3:

      • Holds up to 3 watches
      • Semi-rigid casing to keep watches safe with cushioning effect
      • Serves for transportation and elegant display
      • Handmade in Canada
      • Endless color combinations and customization options

      Watch Briefcase

      Dedicated watch collectors leaving for prolonged periods of time or horology professionals traveling for business might find themselves on the road with not one, not a couple, but an entire collection of watches.

      For those circumstances a watch briefcase like the Mackenzie is the optimal solution. This briefcase turned sophisticated watch holder is the avant garde way of transporting a complete collection and also serves as an on the go display that is guaranteed to steal the scene.

      Mackenzie Watch briefcase holding luxury watch collection lifestyle shot
      • Holds a collection of 10 to 12 watches
      • Lock with personalized code to ensure safekeeping
      • Robust carbon fiber and anodized aluminum casing
      • Sleek handle with leather/wood detail for optimal grip comfort
      • Handmade in Canada

      With such a wide range of sizes, weight, capacity and design, your travel watch accessory that ideally fits your specific wants and needs is guaranteed to be out there.

      But in case you already have a vision in mind or can’t seem to find what you are looking for, our Bespoke Service allows you to let your wildest ideas come true.

      Transporting Your Watches

      Even though choosing the right watch accessory will make the transportation process so much smoother, there still are a few things to look out for to avoid any mishaps. Consider the following recommendations:

      • Keep your watches in your carry-on luggage to minimize the risk of loss or theft.
      • If packing them in checked luggage is necessary, place them in a compartment inside your watch accessory
      • Avoid placing heavy objects on top of your watch accessory to prevent pressure or impact damage.

      Being Abroad with Your Watches

      When traveling abroad with your watches, take extra precautions:

      • Research the local climate and adjust your watch accordingly to prevent exposure to extreme temperatures or humidity.
      • If engaging in water-related activities, ensure your watch is water-resistant and follow the manufacturer's guidelines.
      • Keep your watches discreetly concealed when not in use to minimize potential security risks.
      • For timepieces of heightened monetary or sentimental value, consider getting your watch insured.


      Traveling with watches can be a worry-free and enjoyable experience if you follow these essential tips. By selecting the right watches, transporting them securely, and taking necessary precautions abroad, you can travel confidently while showcasing your personal style with your cherished timepieces. Remember, investing in high-quality watch accessories, like the ones by Charles Simon, will provide you with the additional peace of mind that makes all the difference on the road. So, embark on your adventures with style and ensure that your watches remain safe throughout your journeys by exploring our collection of watch accessories for travel.


      Written by Elizabeth Hanisch

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