Manufacturer: Rothwell | Price: $129 USD (£93 GBP)
It has been an absolute age since I’ve reviewed a watch box. I’ve had tons of watch boxes over the years and to be fair, the cheap ones are just crap and really not worth buying at all, unless it’s only for storing your cheap Timex or Casio’s etc… In my experience you really get what you pay for when it comes to a decent watch box. If you have thousands of pounds worth of watches, you really should invest in a good quality watch box to keep your watches safe as well as dust free. I decided to look and see if there were any watch boxes out there that were any better than my current boxes from WOLF and VOLTA. I reached out to Blacklist Watches who sell a range of different styles and they agreed to send me out this lockable 12-slot storage box with valet drawer. So, is it great or a pile of ?
- Dimensions: 406mm x 245mm x 134mm
- Watch Slots: 12
- Reference: RW12ABG
- Exterior Material: Wooden Frame, PU Leather, Glass Display Lid
- Interior Material: Micro Suede Fabric (Choice of Colours)
- Where to Buy: Blacklist Watches / Rothwell / Amazon UK
- Warranty: 1 Year International
- Colour Options: Black/Grey, Black/Red, Tan/Brown
Blacklist Rothwell Watch Box
So, the Rockwell 12-slot watch box with valet drawer from Blacklist Watches then… I measured it at a total of 406mm wide, 245mm deep with an overall height of 134mm. The valet drawer itself is 37mm high overall, with an internal depth of 31mm. This version is the largest out of the Rothwell range that stores a maximum of 12 watches. Each watch slot has an overall internal width of 49mm with the dividers measuring 11mm, so you’ll easily fit very large watches of around 50mm in this watch box. If you’re wearing watches that are any larger, then it’s a fuckin’ cage you need as you must have wrists like a friggin’ Orangutan! The frame of the watch box is wooden, with a very well applied cushioned PU leather, as well as a glass display lid. The cushions are of fantastic quality, that fit really snugly into each slot and they certainly don’t move around once placed inside. The cushions are quite firm, but soft enough to accomodate a variety of bracelets and strap styles.
As well as the storage for up to 12 watches, you also get a “valet drawer” underneath. Personally, I’d call it a drawer for all my shit. I digress… On each side, there are large compartments, where I keep some of my straps in one side and all my screwdrivers & tools in the other. In the centre there are 4 small(ish) square sections where I’ve put all my various sizes of aftermarket spring bars. There’s also a larger section below that, but I couldn’t think of anything to put in there, apart from the Rothwell paperwork and the key. The lining of the cushions themselves, as well as the inside of the drawer is like a soft suede, finished in grey. Oh yeah, before I forget, this box is available without the drawer and it’s also available in a couple of different colours.
So how does this compare to other watch boxes I hear you ask. Well this full size example with valet drawer is under 100 quid. A total bargain if you ask me, as the overall build quality is miles better than my Windsor 10-slot box (with drawer) from WOLF. The cushions in the WOLF box are totally shit in comparison, that just don’t fit properly in their slots and have a tendancy to move around, especially if you try and move the box with your watches inside. None of that happens with the Blacklist Rothwell box, the quality is just leagues above the more expensive (£259) offering from WOLF. This Rothwell storage & display box from Blacklist Watches has already replaced my WOLF watch box, so as you can imagine, I definitely recommend it. P.S. Anyone want to buy my WOLF 10-Slot Windsor?