Every single time someone asks me how to ship a watch, I tell them, “Use the company that gives you the most control.” This means you probably want to use FedEx, UPS, or DHL. As the sender, you have the power to change the destination, stop the package, and have full insurance on the watch.
Yes, USPS seems like a great choice as well. However, if you are shipping more expensive watches, I do not recommend using it. Why? The moment you drop your package off at the post office, you no longer have direct control over it. You may not even get a tracking number for it. Also, USPS uses commercial airplanes to deliver packages, which means that in an event where most planes are grounded, your package might not even be delivered until much later.
Personally, I’ve only had one major issue with USPS when my Omega Seamaster was lost for three months. But, I just prefer the peace of mind of having direct control of my package.
The best companies to use for shipping are:
FedEx has the largest cargo air fleet with more than 650 aircraft, which means it will be able to quickly deliver your timepieces. They offer guaranteed deliveries by a specific time frame unless there is some global situation or pandemic such as COVID-19.
DHL is another popular shipping company known to operate throughout the world in over 220 countries. DHL might not be as popular as FedEx and UPS in the USA, but if you’re looking to ship to Europe, this usually will be the best option since they have a major presence in many European countries.
UPS is the second-largest shipping company in terms of the size of their air fleet. They are known for their dependability and customer service with pricing being similar to FedEx and DHL
Which of the three shipping companies is the best? The answer isn’t that simple, it depends on where you are located. I know people who only ship with FedEx because it’s the most convenient for them. The FedEx office is close by and they like their customer service. Personally, I use UPS because I live in Hawaii, and they are the most convenient for me.
How to get supplies to ship with FedEx, DHL, and UPS
FedEx, UPS, and DHL all offer free boxes as well which is extremely convenient. You can order the standard free boxes from their websites or pick some up at their retail locations. Sometimes you can even ask a delivery driver if he could bring it to your area the next time he stops by. You will be surprised how nice drivers are when you ask politely.
How to insure watches
When you ship with FedEx, the maximum insurance coverage is only $1,000. However, you can opt for a jewelry account with them or use a third party insurance company. By doing this, you could potentially save a significant amount of money and insure watches for much more.
There are a couple of companies that I highly recommend to use when shipping luxury watches:
Both companies are great when it comes to shipping fully insured packages. These companies offer better insurance rates when compared to shipping directly with FedEx or UPS.
If you regularly ship luxury watches, you should look into using either one since it could potentially help you save time, money, and stress. Both companies also have amazing customer service. Regardless of which one you use, they can help you make any changes to a package if needed, such as changing a delivery, returning to sender, etc.
How to pack the watch
Whenever you pack a watch, make sure that the watch box is snug and does not move or rattle at all. You can use old papers, packing peanuts, or any other packing material that isn’t too heavy (you want to use the densest/ lightest stuff you can) You really want to limit how much the watch moves during shipment, so don’t cheap out on packing! Spending the extra few bucks on more bubble wrap can save you thousands of dollars on a preventable watch repair.
When you ship watches, make sure you are leveraging the power of the largest shipping companies in the world. FedEx, DHL, and UPS are the only companies I trust to ship expensive luxury watches, but if you want to ship a strap or a link, USPS works just fine. Additionally, I highly recommend you consider using either IFS or ParcelPro for extensive insurance coverage and cheaper prices.
The blog post was written by Honza Hroch, the Founder of Value Your Watch Marketplace.