If you're a watch-owner, you know the FEAR!

When traveling with expensive watches (or other expensive jewelry), there is always the concern about theft or damage that might occur.  

Airports pose a unique dilemma.

After all, if you have a $5,000 Rolex, the very thought of having to take it off and place it in a bucket on a conveyor belt because a TSA agent or metal detector said to can make your stomach churn.  Let’s face it, it certainly wouldn’t be too hard for someone to swipe that watch before you get through the detector to the other side.

Believe it or not, I’ve seen people put an expensive watch in the shoes that they place on the conveyor belt.  They think this will keep the watch safe as it passes through the scanner.

Still, that expensive and cherished watch is vulnerable to unscrupulous people with observing eyes in line ahead of you (or even those TSA agents) who may want it for themselves.

 So, “what can you do in these situations?”

First, know what NOT to do!

NEVER – NEVER pack an expensive watch (or any jewelry) in your checked luggage.

I don’t want to besmirch the good name of airport baggage handlers, but some of them HAVE been known to rummage through luggage in search of valuables to steal.

We suggest, instead…

  • Try keeping your watch on your wrist as you go through the detector.

Depending on how aggressive the TSA agent is, you may be able to keep your metal jewelry on and not even set off an alarm as you pass through.

Or, follow the travel-related recommendation we make for all jewelry…

  • Consider packing your watches in your carry-on bag.

 At Case Elegance, we’re aficionados of fine watches ourselves.

That’s why we offer a complete line of Watch Cases that are a safe, elegant way to store your watches in a carry-on bag.

Whether you are traveling with a Rolex, Omega, or a Patek Phillipe, CaseElegance has your storage needs covered for that next trip.

Bill Dragon | Author
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