A couple of weeks ago, I was burgled. Almost all of my watches were locked up in my safe, however, a couple of day-to-day watches weren't. One I was particularly fond of, the Angelus cal 210 pictured here.
A new purchase had just come back from service after having bought it at auction – the Eterna bumper pictured here, auctioneer's picture only, as it was that new to me.
And lastly, my beater watch, a Numa Jeannin quartz.
Well, a week or so after the theft, I found the Angelus on eBay. There's no doubt about it, the hand done, pre-war engraving (not shown) and the strap you see here are proof that it's mine (I have tons of pictures and documentation on it, the original auction invoice, the bill for the strap, etc…). I contacted the police, who advised me to do nothing, as they would "take action." A longer story there. They asked me not to contact the seller, as they were going to "take action." eBay, of course, won't talk to someone like me about this, as it's a matter for the police (etc). It got sold. Perhaps someone on here bought, who knows? It was really frustrating to have to sit by and watch this second theft happen in front of my eyes. The police are making vague noises, but I suppose that nothing will happen. Sigh. If you bought it and want a reward, get in touch.
I haven't seen either of the other two, but that's not to say they won't show up on eBay.
Point of all this is: first of all, if you see any of these watches, please let me know. I'll see you right. If you've ever wondered if eBay is full of stolen goods, the answer is yes. Be warned. If the police try to involve you in inaction, think long and hard about it. At least in the UK, they are bound so completely by lack of budget and a prosecution service that felt that getting someone for "only" handling stolen goods and thus small fry with a chance of wriggling out of a conviction that they took no action. If I had it to do again, I wouldn't have trusted them to do what I thought they were going to do. And eBay are only interested in limiting their liability and nothing more; please don't expect them to help you in this if you find yourself in a similar situation.
Anyway. It hurts. Thanks for listening.