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The Watch Register
The Watch Register is the largest international database of lost and stolen watches available for due diligence. It is the central database used by police forces, insurance companies, private individuals and the trade worldwide to record losses, and to check whether a watch has been registered as stolen.
The Watch Register includes registrations for over 850 different brands, manufacturers and watchmakers, in particular Rolex (over 23,000), Omega, Cartier, Patek Philippe, Breitling, TAG Heuer, Hublot, IWC, Piaget, Panerai, Audemars Piguet, Jaeger LeCoultre, Breguet, Tissot, Vacheron Constantin, Baume & Mercier, Bulgari, Chopard, A. Lange & Sohne, Apple Watch and many more brands. The database also includes vintage, antique and pocket watches.
The Watch Register is the largest international database of lost and stolen watches available for due diligence.
The database currently lists over 70,000 watches and is growing rapidly. 10,000 lost and stolen watches were registered in the last year alone. The database includes all the major brands, as well as vintage and pocket watches. Rolex watches constitute one third of the database.
The Watch Register is the central database used by police forces, insurance companies, private individuals and the trade worldwide to record losses.
The Watch Register is part of the Art Loss Register, which is the world’s largest private database of stolen art, antiques and collectibles. Founded in 1990, the company has been gathering data on stolen watches and providing a due diligence service to the trade for over 25 years. The Watch Register currently checks over 100,000 watches on the second-hand market each year.
Benefits of searching
A search with the Watch Register will allow you to determine whether a watch you are purchasing has previously been reported lost, stolen or purchased with a fraudulent credit card. This will protect you from issues relating to the possession and future sale of stolen property, and reduce the risk of financial loss resulting from confiscation or compensation. It will also allow you to demonstrate due diligence, and help protect your reputation.
The Watch Register offers one-off searches and subscription bundles of 20, 50, 500, 1000 or 1500 search credits. All credits are valid for one year.
- Subscription rates: £1.66 - £3.50 + VAT per search based on the size of bundle
- Individual enquiries: £10 + VAT per search
To submit a search, provide the brand, model and serial number of watch using the online search form here: http://www.thewatchregister.com/#one-off-searches.
All searches are processed within 5 minutes during office hours (Monday to Saturday, 9am – 6pm UK time).
If the watch in question is clear from the Watch Register database, a Certificate will be issued to your account. Certificates can be provided to your customers or kept for your records as proof of your due diligence.
Contact The Watch Register
+44 (0)20 7841 5781
The Watch Register (The International Art and Antique Loss Register Limited)
63-66 Hatton Garden, 1st Floor, London EC1N 8LE, UK