Strategic advice? Tracking down a specific watch

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    Strategic advice? Tracking down a specific watch

    My dad bought a Rolex when he was stationed in Germany decades ago. He returned to the states and it was stolen. He collected the insurance money for it. I have the box and paperwork from it still and I want to find the watch and repurchase it. I know its a crazy task and probably impossible, but how cool would it be to find it once more?

    I thought I would reach out here and ask if anyones had success tracking down specific watches or if anyone has ever had help form Rolex, like if the watch was sent to them for service do they have a "stolen" serial list?

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    Re: Strategic advice? Tracking down a specific watch

    Have a look at the papers and find the model number. Once you have the model number, have a look at a few forums such as the Rolex Forum which sellers often offload watches. Becarefull with seller. Some are scammers so only buy from reputable sellers.

    Do you know what model it is?

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    Re: Strategic advice? Tracking down a specific watch

    There's a specific forum here for lost watches.

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    Re: Strategic advice? Tracking down a specific watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Grimlock_1 View Post

    Do you know what model it is?

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    Yeah its a 16660. Sellers are careful about sharing serial numbers which is a problem in this case since I need a specific serial number...

    As far as the lost watches forum, I suppose posting in there could be good. I just figured that was more relevant to recent thefts.

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    Re: Strategic advice? Tracking down a specific watch

    You won't be getting that exact watch back. It's long gone, especially 20 years ago.

    You can buy a replacement of it.

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    Re: Strategic advice? Tracking down a specific watch

    Quote Originally Posted by Grimlock_1 View Post
    You won't be getting that exact watch back. It's long gone, especially 20 years ago.

    You can buy a replacement of it.

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    That is certainly my expectation, but stranger things have happened!

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    Re: Strategic advice? Tracking down a specific watch

    That's a hell of a watch too. Goodluck OP. All my advice has been already said. It would be a great story. I get more of a kick hunting down watches I like to be honest.
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    Re: Strategic advice? Tracking down a specific watch

    Sad to know that but I think it is an uphill task to find the Rolex that was lost long time ago. if you ever were to find one, I am sure a movie can be made out of the success story. Hope you find a similar one if not the one you lost. Keep trying! Good luck.

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    Re: Strategic advice? Tracking down a specific watch

    The watch now belongs to the insurance company.

    If, by some miracle, you find the watch, (which would still be considered stolen property by the way, and purchasing it knowingly may constitute a crime,) and contact the insurance company wishing to repay the claim, they may say no, and would be well within their rights to do so, since the watch is now their property. They could, within their rights, send a representative to claim their property leaving you out the cost of the hot 16660. If you purchase the watch, and fail to notify them, well, you just bought a stolen watch it seems.

    Alternatively, you could try contacting the insurer to see if the watch was ever recovered by them. That may lead some where if you are incredibly lucky.
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