GENERAL BOX STORAGE QUESTION

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GENERAL BOX STORAGE QUESTION

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The time came this month to sort through the growing pile of watch boxes which have been stored in "bosun's locker" format, in other words the longest-owned stuff at the back and bottom of the pile and newest arrivals at the front. Big bamboo coffin boxes and old stylie inner and outer boxes all mixed together. Why? well a general sense of housekeeping and the likely potential end game of someone having to deal with my stuff when I'm gone. Oh don't worry I'm not working towards a given date. :oops: :)

I can't bear to keep watches hidden away in boxes and so the empty boxes are stashed away.
I know I've bought watches without boxes and I know I have a number of spare boxes such as gained when receiving a watch back after service by CW. Now I know there are eight watches without boxes and there are six spare boxes: net result only two homeless watches. :thumbup:

Also I've got a number of outbounds for which I've needed to find the boxes.

So now I have a simple spreadsheet cataloguing every CW watch by model and serial number with associated information like box & paperwork Yes/No and every watch box now carries a unique number which is the line numbeer in the spreadsheet. It's crude I know but it works and it won't be a big job to open another sheet for the non-CW watches.

I'm glad I did it, I had two surprises, one a missing box and papers and the other a leftover handbook for a watch long gone: there'll be a separate discussion/message about that one.

I expect that some of you have quite masterly storage arrangements, but a general question, what do YOU do? :wave: :wave: :wave:
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I just have a sticker on each empty box, declaring what watch came out of it.

Seems to work okay for me, although I have discovered recently that I have mislayed a set of shoulders for one of.my C4 based SS bracelets, which is infuriating as I have an immaculate bracelet needing to be used/fitted.

I just hope they didn't get left in a box at point of sale🙄

It's tough stuff this watch collecting habit🤣
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My secret is keeping to low numbers of watches and no more than a couple from any brand at any one time. It makes finding the box when needed easy.
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I don’t yet have that many watches to create confusion, but a piece of paper with a photo of the watch and name in each box would do it for me.
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iain wrote: Thu Mar 14, 2024 7:02 pm My secret is keeping to low numbers of watches and no more than a couple from any brand at any one time. It makes finding the box when needed easy.
On reflection that is probably a sensible idea!😀

My system is a bit hit and miss. Once I remember when a random watch was purchased, that increases the likelihood of finding the box for the watch I am looking for, that I know was bought at a similar time.

It also doesn’t help that none of the boxes are labelled from the outside.🤣

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After buying about four or five Christopher Ward watches, I decided that I needed an orderly way to store my watch boxes. I have been careful to keep the outside shipping container & the inner watch boxes. I print on the outside of the shipping cardboard box, the watch model, for example: C60 Trident Pro 600. I keep the nice CW watch boxes stored inside the shipping containers to save room with all the paperwork inside the watch boxes exactly as it arrived from CW. If a bracelet for a particular watch is resized, I keep the spare links inside the watch box. All of my boxes are of the coffin variety, so it has been possible for me to stack all of them neatly inside one closet. If I wish to consult an owner's manual, it is simple for me to identify the correct box & pull it to check. Until this winter, I had never sold one of my watches. With incoming models, I did some culling & sold three of them for different reasons. I am glad that I had kept everything including the original shipping boxes because it was easy for me to ready those boxes for shipment to their new owners! As for my watches, I keep them in a nice watch box, so there is no need to keep their original watch boxes out which would take up a lot of room. Next to owning fewer watches, this is a simple method that works for me.

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A rumour was rife some years ago that a certain gentleman in New England was using them to build a garage. Whether that project was ever completed I don’t know.
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I have most of my boxes haphazardly stacked in a plastic storage tub. All, however, are labeled for easier grabbing if needed. As I’ve sold only a very few watches locating boxes has not been much of a concern.
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WileyECoyote wrote: Thu Mar 14, 2024 10:47 pm After buying about four or five Christopher Ward watches, I decided that I needed an orderly way to store my watch boxes. I have been careful to keep the outside shipping container & the inner watch boxes. I print on the outside of the shipping cardboard box, the watch model, for example: C60 Trident Pro 600. I keep the nice CW watch boxes stored inside the shipping containers to save room with all the paperwork inside the watch boxes exactly as it arrived from CW. If a bracelet for a particular watch is resized, I keep the spare links inside the watch box. All of my boxes are of the coffin variety, so it has been possible for me to stack all of them neatly inside one closet. If I wish to consult an owner's manual, it is simple for me to identify the correct box & pull it to check. Until this winter, I had never sold one of my watches. With incoming models, I did some culling & sold three of them for different reasons. I am glad that I had kept everything including the original shipping boxes because it was easy for me to ready those boxes for shipment to their new owners! As for my watches, I keep them in a nice watch box, so there is no need to keep their original watch boxes out which would take up a lot of room. Next to owning fewer watches, this is a simple method that works for me.

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Thanks for the ideas here and once I have a spare hour or so I'll be using some of these to improve the storage for my small number of watches.

So I understand the storage of each box with spreadsheet line numbers, model etc on the outer box but how and where do you all then store the individual boxes?

In those big clear plastic storage boxes ? In the loft ? In a spare room in the house ? In a garage ? Do you put those silicon pellet bags in to prevent dampness ?
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Mikkei4 wrote: Fri Apr 05, 2024 9:28 am Thanks for the ideas here and once I have a spare hour or so I'll be using some of these to improve the storage for my small number of watches.

So I understand the storage of each box with spreadsheet line numbers, model etc on the outer box but how and where do you all then store the individual boxes?

In those big clear plastic storage boxes ? In the loft ? In a spare room in the house ? In a garage ? Do you put those silicon pellet bags in to prevent dampness ?
Any thoughts on a secure storage facility? If I owned a farm I'd be offering secure watch box storage services.
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tikkathree wrote: Fri Apr 05, 2024 10:48 am
Mikkei4 wrote: Fri Apr 05, 2024 9:28 am Thanks for the ideas here and once I have a spare hour or so I'll be using some of these to improve the storage for my small number of watches.

So I understand the storage of each box with spreadsheet line numbers, model etc on the outer box but how and where do you all then store the individual boxes?

In those big clear plastic storage boxes ? In the loft ? In a spare room in the house ? In a garage ? Do you put those silicon pellet bags in to prevent dampness ?
Any thoughts on a secure storage facility? If I owned a farm I'd be offering secure watch box storage services.
Sorry to dampen your idea but I couldn't see that working. Driving off to a farm just to get a watch box back, presumably being stored in a metal shipping container?
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In those big clear plastic storage boxes ? In the loft ? In a spare room in the house ? In a garage ? Do you put those silicon pellet bags in to prevent dampness ?
If you want a relatively cheap storage box designed to keep things dry, then there are plenty of military surplus places that sell lightly used ammunition storage boxes complete with rubber seals etc. Probably more suited to the garage than the loft though ...
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I store my boxes in the basement. It is quite dry because I have 2 dehumidifiers running most of the time.
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