The Watch Register registers stolen and missing watches on behalf of insurers, police, private individuals and the trade in order to maximise their chances of recovery. Watches must be registered with a serial number in order for them to be uniquely identifiable, otherwise they may only be found if located together with other items from the same theft, in an auction for example.
There is no charge for registrations by law enforcement agencies or subscribing insurers. Individuals are asked to pay a small fee of £10 / €15 / $15 per item (plus VAT where applicable) in order to register their loss. The item will then remain registered on the database at no extra cost until it is recovered. At the time of registration we will request a crime reference number, details of insurance cover and proof of ownership.
In the event that a watch searched with us is matched with an item on the Watch Register, we will inform you immediately, request for you to hold the watch and contact the relevant law enforcement agency or provide you with details to contact them yourself if you prefer. We offer full assistance to any law enforcement agency, who may wish to investigate or seize the watch.
Once their inquiries have run their course we will assist in resolving the match and, subject to the circumstances, either returning the watch to its rightful owner or, if appropriate, assisting you in negotiating an amicable settlement with the claimant.
We have developed considerable expertise in resolving complex title disputes in order to help theft victims and insurers secure a recovery, with frequent success in negotiations even after limitation periods for a claim have expired. We will work with the police to make a conviction where possible, and offer the benefit of our recovery services and assistance in negotiating a settlement if the current holder of a stolen item has acted in good faith.