How to Avoid Damaging Your Luxury Watch While Traveling

How to Avoid Damaging Your Luxury Watch While Traveling

Traveling with your luxury watch can be an exciting experience, but it can also be stressful if you're worried about damaging it along the way. From regular cleaning and polishing to proper storage and avoiding moisture exposure, there are several steps you can take to ensure your watch stays safe and in good condition while you're on the go. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

Protecting Your Watch During Travel: 

When you're traveling with your luxury watch, it's important to take precautions to protect it from accidental bumps and scratches. A padded watch roll or case can provide additional cushioning and prevent damage to delicate components like the crown or crystal. It's also a good idea to keep the watch in its original packaging whenever possible as this provides additional protection and prevents it from getting lost or scratched during transport. If you're flying with your watch, it's best to carry it on your wrist or in a padded pouch rather than in your carry-on luggage to avoid damage from baggage handlers or conveyor belts. You may also use a hard protective watch case. This will protect it from dings, scratches and impacts from other items. Leather roll-up pouches and padded boxes are best. Finally, consider using a watch guard or protector to protect the face and dial from scratches and other damage that may occur during travel. These are available at most jewelers and online retailers and are relatively inexpensive compared to the cost of repairing a damaged watch.

Here are some of our extra tips:

  1. Remove any unnecessary accessories like extra bracelet links that could get caught on things. Also take off any thin straps that could get twisted or pulled.  
  2. Keep the watch case away from items that could leak chemicals like sunscreens, toothpaste, soaps, perfumes, lotions and even hand sanitizers. Even trace amounts can damage the gaskets and seals over time.  
  3. Pack the watch near the top of your bag for easy access. This way you won't have to unpack your whole suitcase if you need to access it.
  4. Consider bubble wrap or custom foam inserts inside the case for extra padding and to limit movement during travel. The less the watch can shift around, the better protected it will be.
  5. Avoid extreme temperatures. Very hot or cold temperatures can impact the lubricants and components in the watch movement. Keep it in a temperature-stable part of your luggage.
  6. Upon arrival at your destination, remove the watch from the case and wind it if it's an automatic. Wear it for at least half a day to keep it running properly.  
  7. Inspect the watch carefully once unpacked for any damage like dings or cracks in the crystal. If anything seems amiss, have it checked by an authorized watchmaker immediately.

A great option for travelers and globetrotters is the Alpina Seastrong Diver 300 Automatic Silver. Powered by Alpina's exclusive AL-525 automatic caliber and equipped with a silver dial with sunray finishing and applied silver indexes, the Seastrong Diver 300 boasts impeccable Swiss craftsmanship that rivals watches twice its price. The 42mm stainless steel case hugs your wrist in comfort while the water-resistant black rubber strap provides a seamless and stylish fit. With its classic dive watch design and contemporary Alpina aesthetic, the Seastrong Diver 300 Automatic Silver instantly elevates your style while providing year-round dependability no matter the depth.  

Consider Watch Insurance: 

If your luxury watch is particularly valuable or sentimental to you, you may want to consider getting specialized watch insurance to cover damage, loss, or theft while traveling. Policies usually cover repair costs as well so you can rest assured that your watch will be repaired or replaced in the event of an accident. However, be sure to shop around and compare policies to find the right coverage for your needs and budget. For instance, if you are buying insurance for a Tissot timepiece, you should evaluate if the policy covers the entire Tissot watch cost, and ensure that if ever you had to use it you would have an overall gain. Some policies may offer better coverage for more expensive watches or for specific activities like scuba diving or skiing while others may offer more comprehensive coverage in general. As always, it's always a good idea to consult your financial advisor or insurance provider before making any financial decisions.

Another great option for the jetsetters would be the Tissot PRS 516 Powermatic 80. This tough timepiece packs Swiss engineering and Tissot's heritage of dependability into a design that can take whatever life throws at it. The 42mm stainless steel case is sturdy and robust, housing Tissot's reliable Powermatic 80 automatic movement inside. With an impressive 80-hour power reserve, this workhorse caliber keeps on ticking. The rally leather strap is durable, flexible and comfortable for all-day wear. The perfect companion for your travels. You can check out this model here at The Watch Store, the trusted and official reseller of Tissot.


By following these tips and taking a few extra precautions when traveling with your luxury watch, you can ensure it stays safe and in good condition for years to come. Just remember to pack it carefully and avoid exposing it to extreme temperatures or moisture whenever possible to keep it in pristine condition. Happy travels!

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