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    Found a Breitling on the street, how can I get it back to its owner?

    When we were leaving a restaurant in central London tonight my girlfriend spotted a watch on the pavement. It was a Breitling (a current model with a 4k rrp). One of the springbars had popped out but the strap was still attached on the deployant clasp. I asked around at the restaurant and nearby bar to see if anyone was looking for it. I'll be taking it to a police station in the morning but I am wondering if there is anything else I can do to attempt to find the owner, apart from posting here? I think I would be pretty gutted if I'd lost my watch like that!

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    Last edited by Rocket Man; 9th September 2022 at 05:41.

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    If they've registered the warranty, maybe reporting it to Breitling could alert the owner?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsan View Post
    If they've registered the warranty, maybe reporting it to Breitling could alert the owner?
    Good idea, I've emailed Breitling to ask if they can do this.

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    The owner is lucky it was found by an honest watch lover like you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mindforge View Post
    The owner is lucky it was found by an honest watch lover like you!

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    Not many of that ilk now. Well done.

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    Indeed. The owner will be astonished Iím sure.

    Quote Originally Posted by mindforge View Post
    The owner is lucky it was found by an honest watch lover like you!

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    Wow! How lucky is that! It's mine.

    I have so many - remind me of which model it is please.

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    Any update Rocket Man?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mindforge View Post
    The owner is lucky it was found by an honest watch lover like you!
    Absolutely. Bravo. (Any update?)

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    Breitling said they couldn't help but they thanked me for my honesty and my attempts to return the watch to its original owner.
    Last edited by Rocket Man; 2nd October 2022 at 11:25.

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    It may be a bit old fashioned of me, but I wonder if the local/nearest Police station still have a lost and found register?
    If I'd lost an identifiable (s/no) expensive item I would try and report it, not least to obtain a reference number to report to support my insurance claim. In the old days, someone would report its loss, someone would, hopefully, report finding it and it could be returned to the lawful owner. The added bonus is that as the watch always belongs to the looser, you would establish that you took all reasonable steps to return it to the owner rather than just keeping it. Obviously that's not applicable here as the OP has to his credit tried his best to reunite the watch with it's owner.
    Of course, you may not get past the first, probably phone call, with the local station, but it may be worth a try.

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    I think it's yours, Rocket Man...you've earned it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beanie View Post
    It may be a bit old fashioned of me, but I wonder if the local/nearest Police station still have a lost and found register?
    If I'd lost an identifiable (s/no) expensive item I would try and report it, not least to obtain a reference number to report to support my insurance claim. In the old days, someone would report its loss, someone would, hopefully, report finding it and it could be returned to the lawful owner. The added bonus is that as the watch always belongs to the looser, you would establish that you took all reasonable steps to return it to the owner rather than just keeping it. Obviously that's not applicable here as the OP has to his credit tried his best to reunite the watch with it's owner.
    Of course, you may not get past the first, probably phone call, with the local station, but it may be worth a try.
    He does say he was going to the local station the next day

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    You are absolutely right, should have re-read the first post, must keep up at the back.

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    What happens to the watch of no one claims it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr.chef View Post
    What happens to the watch of no one claims it?
    Interesting question.
    It looks like that since 2019, other than certain items (such as firearms etc), the Police are no longer responsible for lost/found items (cost saving exercise I guess).
    The OP has taken reasonable steps to trace the owner so can keep it.
    That being said, whilst he can have the use of it, I'm not sure that he can destroy it or sell it as I was always of the opinion that, following the principle of stolen property, it will always be the property of the owner (looser). The reason I say that is he could bump into the looser who recognises it and says "Hey, that's my watch, give it back". I've no doubt that, providing the OP was satisfied that person was actually the owner, he would return it. However not everyone would and there must be some law to protect the owner.

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    Found this online. Not sure if true or not

    If you find something, hereís what you should do:
    1) Firstly, you should hand it in to the venue or transport provider where you found it.
    2) Or, if you find something in a public place (and itís not an item accepted by the police) then you must make a reasonable attempt to return it. This might involve: posting details on social media pages or putting up a notice in a local shop or business.
    If you have followed all of the above steps, the police have stated that you can then keep the property.

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    OP,

    Kudos to you for your honesty.

    I've no idea of your knowledge or experience of the Breitling model but if it were me who'd found it I'd be putting photos of it on here to gauge whether it's a genuine or fake item.

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