The leading global database of lost and stolen watches

Maximum protection for the pre-owned luxury watch market

“Watch crime has gone from a niche problem to front-page news.”

The Watch Register launches its 10-year anniversary report by Adrian Hailwood on tackling crime in the luxury watch market.


lost/stolen watches registered


lost/stolen watches located in 2023


of recovered watches found within 1 year of theft

All luxury brands can be checked including:

  • IWC

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Check if a watch is lost, stolen or fake

  • Buy and sell with peace of mind
  • Avoid financial loss
  • Protect your reputation
  • Search Certificate as evidence of your theft checks

Serial number checks on Rolex and all other brands. Search by SMS, Whatsapp or via the website. Results within minutes.

Register a loss

Ensure the best chance of recovery

Your watch will be registered on the largest international theft database used by dealers, jewellers, pawnbrokers and auction houses to identify stolen watches. We will actively search for your watch on the global pre-owned watch market until it is recovered.

50% of our recovered watches are found within 1 year of the theft, and 35% within 6 months.

How can we help you?


Protect yourself from stolen watches. Prevent financial loss, safeguard your reputation and gain customer confidence. Serial number checks on Rolex and all other brands.

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Avoid lending on stolen goods and prevent legal issues by running fast and reliable theft checks on watches, jewellery, artworks and antiques.

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Auction Houses

Subscribe for the routine checking of lots in your watch catalogues and other specialist sales against the database. Our specialist team will ensure your due diligence is taken care of.

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Private Individuals

Check before purchase to avoid losing your money to a stolen watch. If you fall victim to a theft, report your loss to ensure the best chance of getting your watch back.

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Report losses free of charge to maximise recoveries and detect fraud. Our specialist team can be appointed to handle the recovery where required.

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Law Enforcement

All our services are offered free of charge to police forces globally. We have been recovering stolen property and providing new leads for criminal investigations for over 30 years.

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Reduce risk, ensure peace of mind.

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About us

THE WATCH REGISTER is the leading global database of lost and stolen watches. We have international operations with headquarters in London, and are part of the Art Loss Register.

Our reputation is built on 30 years’ experience in protecting the trade, collaborating closely with law enforcement agencies and successfully recovering hundreds of millions of pounds of lost and stolen property.

THE WATCH REGISTER provides buyers and traders with the most reliable search available to check if a Rolex or any other brand of watch is stolen. Our specialist recovery services offer victims of theft and insurers the best possible chance of recovering their rightful property.

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