Crown Up or Down?

Whether to store a watch with its crown up or down is a heated debate among watch collectors. I’ve heard stories of collectors storming out of boutiques after the salesperson rested a watch the “wrong” way.

Crown Up

The collectors in the crown up camp state believe that resting the watch on its crown causes unnecessary strain and wear on the crown and crown tube and that by resting it on its side you can avoid that. Some collectors also state that it’s more stable because the watch is resting on an entire side and not balancing on its crown. 

Crown Down

Collectors in the crown down camp are predominately concerned about scratches on the case of their watch. They choose to rest the watch on the crown because it contains any potential scratches and wear to the crown itself, which ultimately is a replaceable component of a watch?

What about me?

Most of the time I’m in the crown up camp. I started resting my watches this way because it’s the more stable looking option. I’m not very concerned with scratches on my watches because I mostly wear steel sports watches and I wear them hard. For any precious metal watches or watches I’m concerned about scratching, I try not to rest them on either side. I try to place them dial up on a soft surface as long as they don’t have a bracelet and if they do have a bracelet I place a soft cloth or watch pillow between the bracelet and watch to prevent scratches. 

What about you?

How do you rest your watch when not wearing it?