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    Do I take my "Luxury" Watch to Europe?

    I know this question comes up a lot, but during my research I could only find threads that were 5 years or older. Sorry for the repetitive questions:

    1. I'm from USA.. and going to different countries in Europe. Mainly tourist spots.. Do I take my nicer watches or do you recommend me taking my beaters? A part of me wants to make memories with my nicer watches on this trip, but another part says... don't risk it.

    2. Is it cheaper to buy a watch in Paris or Rome with VAT Refunds than the states?

    Just trying to find some feedback, thanks.
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    Re: Do I take my "Luxury" Watch to Europe?

    1. Travel with whatever watch floats your boat.
    2. Buy in the US. Rome and Paeis aren‘t places for bargain buys.
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    Re: Do I take my "Luxury" Watch to Europe?

    What are you risking? I assume you're going to the same types of places in Europe that you'd visit in the US, so where is the increased risk? I bought my watches to enjoy so I wear them wherever I go. I also take 2-3 with me as I like variety. Again, I don't see the increased risk. YMMV.

    edit - Oh, and I'll yield to Mike about buying in Europe. I'm sure he has much more experience than I do on the subject. However, buying a watch on a trip like this is cool and I'd consider paying a bit of a premium over the typical online price just to have a watch with a built-in memory.
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    Re: Do I take my "Luxury" Watch to Europe?

    I'd take one watch of any variety, not multiples, just make sure it stays on the wrist. I've had 2 stolen from my luggage in a supposedly safe environment, so I am super conservative on this issue.
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    Re: Do I take my "Luxury" Watch to Europe?

    Went to Europe and never once felt unsafe or at risk. Wore a Tudor Heritage Chrono the entire time. Wear what you want.
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    Re: Do I take my "Luxury" Watch to Europe?

    Millions of people live in Europe and wear "luxury" watches every day. Do you really think it is not as safe as you home country?
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    Re: Do I take my "Luxury" Watch to Europe?

    I just returned from a trip to EU with a group of people, and one of my friends was wearing his Rolex (his everyday watch). We never felt unsafe in any way, but I'd guess it depends on the specific places you are planning to visit. Same common sense rules apply as with carrying your wallet, rings, etc. Also, passing through any airport security, I put my watch in the carry-on and put a small combination lock on it to make sure that it's not as easy to get in if I'm pulled aside

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    Re: Do I take my "Luxury" Watch to Europe?

    Depends where you are going. If you are going to stay in an 8 bed dorm in napels, probably not bring your diamond encrusted envicta. Cruise around the prostitue highway in slovakia; just wear a seiko. Space out in amsterdam on wheed and xtc; forget about a watch. Time will not mather anyway. . For the rest i assume same rules as in us apply.

    I doubt watches wil be cheaper over here. But just do the math. Price- vat (19-21% in most countries) plus possible import duties is your us price.

    So what memories do you aim to collect?


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    Re: Do I take my "Luxury" Watch to Europe?

    Europe and tourist locations is somewhat broad of a concept, but still we are most of the times civilized people over here.
    Should you take your watches to different states in the U.S. is the same the same type of a question you should ask yourself when it comes to taking watches to Europe.
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    Re: Do I take my "Luxury" Watch to Europe?

    Thanks guys, this is the feedback I was looking for. I’m going to take my watch and enjoy even though the high tourist areas isn’t ideal.


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