I am moving across the country in a couple weeks, from the SF Bay area to Boston. I have the great fortune to own several A Lange Sohne and FP Journe watches, along with a few dozen other lower value pieces.
I plan to hand carry the watches and papers in my carry on luggage, but I'm not sure how to handle the watch boxes, especially the higher end ALS and FPJ boxes. They won't fit in a carry on and I certainly don't want to check them as we're flying commercial. Two options come to mind, and I'd appreciate input on how any others have handled this:
Option 1) I could put them on the moving truck with our other goods, and the movers could crate the watch boxes along with some other high value items they'll be transporting (artwork, wife's handbags, etc.) but the movers kind of balked at the idea of assigning a high value to an empty watch box. My POV is if I ever trade the watch, it's worth significantly less without the original box and a hassle/expense to procure a period correct replacement. How much value do I assign to each watch box for insurance? I was thinking $5K/box?
Option 2) I could ship the boxes Registered Mail. USPS will insure up to $25K per shipment, so I was thinking I could ship a couple boxes each (to diversify risk of loss). I've shipped other high value items this way and it's very safe in my experience. I was also planning to ship some of my lower value watches (in their boxes) this way, just so my entire carry isn't filled with watches.