How Do You Store Your Extra Bracelet Links?

As the title states, how do you store the extra links from your watch bracelet after you size your watch to your wrist? A simple question that has no simple answer. For as giant and ornate as watch boxes have become, I have yet to come across one that includes a storage area for extra bracelet links (please leave a comment if you’ve seen one). And there is no specific product that is specifically made for storing extra bracelet links (again, if you know of one, please leave a comment below).

Initially, I simply placed the spare links either in a small plastic zip bag and put them in the watch box for safe keeping. The result was not great, but at least I knew where they were. I then found small plastic snap cases, which provided a little better security, but still had the same “rattle” feature that didn’t feel as secure as they should be. Recently, I stumbled across what I think the best solution (yet), and I wanted to share:

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These Bergeon Elastic Membrane Boxes are plastic snap boxes that have a thin membrane that is meant to suspend watch parts securely and also helps prevent oxidation. They just happen to work great for storing watch links as well. They are big enough to not get lost and because the links are secured between the elastic membrane, there is no rattle.

How do you store your links?

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I go with a small zip log bag for parts like that. Luckily I don't have too many, keep it in my watch tool box 

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I just put mine in a small (5mm x7mm) ziplock bag and keep them in the box the watch came in. Most watch boxes have a hidden compartment that works great for small bits like that- worst case, I just stick them under the pillow in the box. 

Those Bergeon Elastic Membrane Boxes look pretty cool, but with the Bergeon name on them, I can only assume that they are considerably more expensive than the cheap Amazon ziplocks I'm using.

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When I buy a watch from boutiques, my wrist are smol so they adjust and remove the links for me once I've purchased the watch. Then it's left in a mini re-sealable bag, which then goes inside their perspective watch box 😊

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Zip lock bag, in the original watch box, which is stored somewhere near the Ark of the Covenant. 

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I just keep them in the watch box with the papers and cards….

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tempus

I just put mine in a small (5mm x7mm) ziplock bag and keep them in the box the watch came in. Most watch boxes have a hidden compartment that works great for small bits like that- worst case, I just stick them under the pillow in the box. 

Those Bergeon Elastic Membrane Boxes look pretty cool, but with the Bergeon name on them, I can only assume that they are considerably more expensive than the cheap Amazon ziplocks I'm using.

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They are definitely more expensive than the plastic zip bags, but at $4/each (or $19 for a six pack), they definitely aren't cost prohibitive, especially since they are Swiss made.

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Watch box, below the pillow.

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Those boxes look very cool, but like most, I stash them securely in the original box. 
Finding the right box is a problem because my closet definitely looks like the lost ark storage facility.

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Wow, if this is an issue that worries people, perhaps they should get out more! Find somewhere to put them!

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tempus

I just put mine in a small (5mm x7mm) ziplock bag and keep them in the box the watch came in. Most watch boxes have a hidden compartment that works great for small bits like that- worst case, I just stick them under the pillow in the box. 

Those Bergeon Elastic Membrane Boxes look pretty cool, but with the Bergeon name on them, I can only assume that they are considerably more expensive than the cheap Amazon ziplocks I'm using.

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This is what I do too.  I also write the model number on the bag.  I have a few that are pretty similar and tough to tell apart. 

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wblackburn0316

Watch box, below the pillow.

This is a good idea too.  

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There are a bunch of places that offer watch boxes with accessory drawers.  

https://www.deferichs.com/ for example. 

Or you could always go the route that @bevelwerks went and go full toolbox.

https://www.watchcrunch.com/bevelwerks/posts/something-different-to-share-2586

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rkovars

This is what I do too.  I also write the model number on the bag.  I have a few that are pretty similar and tough to tell apart. 

That's a good idea. I usually keep mine with the watch box, but it's certainly possible for them to get mixed up - having the model number on the bag would eliminate that concern.

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While I do have a tool chest that is capable - I nearly always store extra links in the box the watch came in. same goes for any OEM straps I don’t care to use.👌

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As for the stock part from the watch, put inside the zip plastic and put inside the watch box. 

As for replacement straps and other additional accessories on another bag