How to pack and ship watches overseas

Either as a gift, a sale, or when relocating, both individuals and businesses often need to ship watches internationally by courier. Take advantage of our experience in logistics and learn from our specialists how to properly pack a watch for shipping. Book the service with us, and we will find the best way to ship watches with the most reputable logistics providers.

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What to consider before shipping watches internationally?

Before you send your watch by courier, consider the steps below to assure a smooth delivery:

  • Estimate the time of delivery using our digital tool and make sure you are present during pick-up and delivery.
  • Print and attach the label to your package if this is your responsibility. This information will be provided via e-mail when you conclude the order.
  • When shipping watches overseas, it is important to keep the original invoice to prove the original value of the item.


How to send watches overseas

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How to pack a watch for shipping by courier or post

Follow these easy instructions if you are looking for the best way to pack and ship a watch:

    • Use bubble wrap to protect the watch and secure it with tape.
    • Put the watch in its original packaging or a small cardboard box, previously padded.
    • Put this box into a larger one, also previously padded.
    • After making sure items are still inside the packaging, seal and label the parcel (if needed).


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Shipping watches internationally by courier or mail services

Is it possible to ship smartwatches such as an Apple or Samsung watch?
Smartwatches are considered electronic items and can, therefore, be shipped internationally with courier or post services. Always keep the original invoice of the equipment and adequately pack your watch for shipping – the best way of doing so is keeping the original packaging. Check our dedicated page for more information about shipping electronics.
Is it allowed to ship valuable watches such as a Rolex, Patek Philippe or Omega overseas?
Shipping luxury watches is considered restricted by most courier companies since they are valuable items. Individuals who decide to send luxury watches via the Standard Service, will do so at their own risk as the shipping insurance is not valid for restricted or prohibited items.
Using the Express Service, it is possible to purchase insurance when sending expensive or luxurious watches, as long as they do not contain any precious stone or material. For specific information about your item, please reach out to us using the live chat button and our experts will advise you on the solutions available for you.
Can I send a watch as a gift by courier?
Watches can be shipped as a gift by individuals or by licensed watch stores and resellers. However, please have in mind that the package will still go through customs procedures when shipping outside the EU and that respective taxes may apply. To make sure your watch is released as quickly as possible, besides properly packing your watch for shipping as a gift, do not forget to also attach the required documents for customs clearance.
Please bear in mind that since January 1st, 2021, deliveries from the EU to the UK or vice-versa also have to undergo customs clearance procedures. When selling a watch on eBay or Chrono24 and shipping it to the UK, VAT will be applicable according to the new post-Brexit rules. Check our dedicated page for more detailed information.
Is it possible to send a watch overseas without the original packaging?
We strongly recommend packing your timepiece on its original packaging for greater protection, especially when shipping expensive or delicate watches. However, if you no longer have the original packaging, you can use another cardboard box for packing it. The best solution is to use a box that is slightly bigger than the item, with enough extra space for you to add cushioning to protect it, according to our instructions above.
How to send an Apple watch or other watch for repair?
First, you should check online where is the best repair shop for your item. If it is located in another city or country, simply book the delivery service through our booking tool and fill up the delivery information with the shop’s details. Before you ship your watch domestically or internationally, make sure to inform the shop beforehand so they are ready to receive the package.
Can I sell a watch online and ship it with Eurosender?
Yes. At Eurosender, we have helped several clients who sell watches on eBay, Chrono24 or other online platforms to organise the delivery to their clients. Our door-to-door shipping services are ideal for people selling or buying watches online, since it provides a comfortable solution where your item will be collected on your address and delivered directly to the customer’s hands.
Can I ship a watch to Australia, Canada or the USA?
Yes, we work with various international couriers to offer deliveries in almost every country in the world. Whether you are buying a cheap or expensive watch internationally on certified stores or sending a watch as a gift to your loved ones, all you have to do is simply book the service with us and pack your item. We will take care of all the shipping details for you.
Can I buy and ship a watch to the UK after Brexit?
Yes, it is entirely possible, although it may be that not all shops offer deliveries to the UK. Please note that because of Brexit, the price of a watch may be higher, and the shipping time will be longer. If you have ordered a watch from an EU country, you may have to pay taxes.

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Take into consideration these guidelines when shipping watches. Nevertheless, please consider that following them does not guarantee that the courier company will transport your package without restriction, especially when shipping expensive watches made with precious stones or materials. In case you decide to ship a watch, Eurosender will not be held responsible for any damages caused by the transportation of your shipment.