Advice on Shipping a Watch for Service, Sale, etc.

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    Advice on Shipping a Watch for Service, Sale, etc.

    All of a sudden I have three watches that I'm shipping for service--two across the US and one probably direct to Switzerland. Any advice on which carriers and classes of service to use (or avoid)?
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    Re: Advice on Shipping a Watch for Service, Sale, etc.

    .... and does anyone have any specific advice on packaging a watch to protect it during shipment? I don't plan to necessarily send the original boxes that came with the watches (which seem more designed for elegant presentation than for protection). I was thinking of just using a travel case -- a fleece-lined zippered pouch for the watch -- packed inside a virtual "cocoon" made out of packing foam or bubble wrap. Maybe wrap the watch in soft foam or bubble wrap, inside a metal tin, surrounded by more bubble wrap or foam "peanuts", etc. Yeah, I can get pretty OCD .....

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    Re: Advice on Shipping a Watch for Service, Sale, etc.

    If one of your watches is a Zenith they will supply you with a zipped box with a pillow and padding. I once received a used watch bubble wrapped in a tin which I thought was very well protected.

    Perhaps you have answered your own question.

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    Re: Advice on Shipping a Watch for Service, Sale, etc.

    I advice Fed-Ex when shipping is involved coz I feel safe with them.

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    Re: Advice on Shipping a Watch for Service, Sale, etc.

    You have to look at insurable limits especially on international. Last I knew FedEx would only cover up to $1000. They’ll happily sell you more coverage, they just won’t pay more. Same with The PO on international as they may have a coverage limit on watches or not insure them at all to certain countries. You have to check with the PO on that. I use the P.O. on domestic.


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    Re: Advice on Shipping a Watch for Service, Sale, etc.

    Just make sure there is tracking and also insurance (even if it is through a 3rd party insurance).

    Wrap it so metal parts can't rub or bang into each other, such as a watch pillow (prevent clasp on straps and bracelets from scratching). Also expect your box to get tossed and drop 5-10 feet, so have enough padding so that your watch won't get banged up. I heard DHL is quite good for international and I have always had great experience with FedEx for international. Usually shipping speed isn't important, so I personally woulnd't pay more for expedited shipping.

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