My watch got stolen. Here are the watch details and how it happened, hope it can prevent some other members to get rob that way...
Sea Dweller 4000
Serial N# 876N7541
This incident happened during a trip from Abuja via Dubai to Hong Kong (HK), all flights with Emirates. We are traveling to get married in HK.
Wearing my Explorer II, in one of my backpack pocket, I had the SD4 in a Rolex travel pouch, a gold chain, a Mont Blanc 2009 Unicef edition and our wedding rings that were stored inside a box.
I closed my backpack pocket with padlock after the security check at Abuja airport and I am sure all items were inside. I put my backpack in the overhead compartment inside the plane from Abuja to Dubai.
During the transit in Dubai, the backpack was carried on a small trolley cart, still closed with the padlock and was not opened at all.
Next flight, Dubai to Honk Kong (my fiancée got an upgrade to business so I am alone in the economy class), the bag is also store in the overhead compartment.
After landing I went to get a pen to fill the immigration papers, open the pad lock which was still locked and then I discovered that the Mont Blanc is missing, the SD4 had also disappeared but the Rolex pouch was still there, the box with jewelry is also there but emptied!
Cannot 100% really say where it has happen, from Nigeria to Dubai or from Dubai to HK, but afterward my (now) wife mentioned that she noticed, without worrying, that the passenger seated behind us in the flight Abuja to Dubai kept standing up to get things in/out of the overhead compartment. It could also be during the flight from Dubai to Hong Kong while I was asleep or went to CR..
Hong Kong Police and Emirates representative in HK told us that it is happening on regular basis especially on flights originating from the Middle East to HK (few article on the web also mentioning the high frequency of mid flight thieves from middle east to HK).
They also mentioned that these robberies are often done by organized criminals who buy plane tickets with the only objective to rob passengers during the flight, all classes are targeted. They are often organized similar to subway pickpockets (one steal, one watch, one carry the items afterward).
Too bad the plane doors were already open when I discovered the robbery, and it took me time to get in touch with flight attendant. We were explained, that if the doors were not yet open then police is called and the usual scenario is that the missing items are found in the plane by the cleaners.
Airline decline any responsibility and did nt show any concern and even less empathy.
More than 25 years of extensive traveling in all the shittier and best place of the planet, I never lost a penny...
Wedding rings were specially made in Dubai in March this year, my jeweler is redoing them and in the mean time just bought temporary rings in HK for the marriage day...
Checked in HK for SD4, as usual in HK, lot of rare watches are advertised (Chrono24) but it is just a trick from local grey market shops to bring customer in and sell them anything else but the desired watch...
Found a NOS one in Danemark for a premium...
Watch out your overhead stowed hand luggage.
Beware of HK grey dealers...