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Hey Guys Kinda a depressing thread but it is what it is. Recently, after selling most of my small collection (both Citizen's in my sig and another Frogman), I saved enough to buy a watch that I wanted from a year ago.....Hamilton Jazzmaster Maestro. I picked it up from a fellow WuS'er right here and it came with all intact papers/box, etc. I was more than thrilled when I received the watch. Wore it straight for 2 weeks, even in the weekends. The Maestro also put a stop to me checking out other watches...that's how much I loved it. I decided to really turn the watch to my liking and sent it off to Jack (IWW) ...really great great guy to deal with. I was going to have him paint all the hands metallic blue. The work was simple enough and he had said that I should have the watch back in under 2 weeks. Good enough for me as I don't mind wearing my GShocks to work at all :). I sent off the watch via USPS Priority Mail with delivery confirmation. And I was STUPID ENOUGH NOT TO INSURE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I've flipped a lot of watches in the past (last 2 years) and had NEVER had any issues with USPS deliveries. When I checked the tracking on Wed (expected day of delivery), it still stated the package being dropped off at my local Post Office. I immediately called USPS and was told to wait till yesterday. No luck with tracking updates. I called back again today and they filed a "lost item" case. Got a call from my local Post Master this evening and the dreaded bad news :-(. He said there's no scan out of the 4 sites in between the route from CA to PA which basically means the package got damaged during transit (no label) or simply lost. He had already checked with the Sacramento/LA drop off points and they couldn't find the package anywhere. As the package wasn't insured either, all he can do now is to issue an apology letter and a check of $6.75 to cover postage. I'm basically out by $793.25 o|o|o|. Though he did say in case of pure luck, the package may show up in couple of weeks (provided the shipping label wasn't torn, etc) but that again, is a stretch. I'm totally saddened by this incident. It's like getting the funds ready for almost 6 months, drooling over the pics and then finally having it in hand for 2 weeks and then the watch goes RIP. Even if I had dropped or broken the watch myself, I wouldn't feel that bad VS losing it in transit with the postal service. With X-mas around the corner, my budget is already tied with gifts for my wife/toddlers and to be honest, I don't see myself getting another Hamilton at least for the next 6-8 months :-(. Funny that prior to me sending off the watch, my wife was already complaining to me that there was "nothing wrong with the watch as it is" but the WuS factor inside of me created the image of my perfect Hamilton with blue hands and alas, I paid a heavy price for it. For now, I might get a white dial Orient or something (might sell my G9300 Mudman for it). I still cannot believe this. Took me almost 6 months to save up for a Hamilton and in just a short time, I'm back to where I started my hobby from (with GShocks). The point of this thread (and I'm probably preaching to the choir)......INSURE YOUR WATCHES during shipments (if they are worth $200+). It's like one of those bad habits that we have but we never think about it till something bad happens and then we 'wake up'. I also can't talk about this to my wife yet (she'll kill me first and then ask questions over my dead body) so trying to let some of my frustration out here. My beloved Maestro....you'll be sadly missed ....A LOT: (my own pic..on a 24mm Di Model Pilot strap): Sorry for the long read, guys. -Sandeep
 

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Hey Guys

Kinda a depressing thread but it is what it is.

Recently, after selling most of my small collection (both Citizen's in my sig and another Frogman), I saved enough to buy a watch that I wanted from a year ago.....Hamilton Jazzmaster Maestro.

I picked it up from a fellow WuS'er right here and it came with all intact papers/box, etc. I was more than thrilled when I received the watch. Wore it straight for 2 weeks, even in the weekends.

The Maestro also put a stop to me checking out other watches...that's how much I loved it.

I decided to really turn the watch to my liking and sent it off to Jack (IWW) ...really great great guy to deal with. I was going to have him paint all the hands metallic blue.

The work was simple enough and he had said that I should have the watch back in under 2 weeks. Good enough for me as I don't mind wearing my GShocks to work at all :).

I sent off the watch via USPS Priority Mail with delivery confirmation. And I was STUPID ENOUGH NOT TO INSURE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But I've flipped a lot of watches in the past (last 2 years) and had NEVER had any issues with USPS deliveries.

When I checked the tracking on Wed (expected day of delivery), it still stated the package being dropped off at my local Post Office.
I immediately called USPS and was told to wait till yesterday. No luck with tracking updates. I called back again today and they filed a "lost item" case.

Got a call from my local Post Master this evening and the dreaded bad news :-(. He said there's no scan out of the 4 sites in between the route from CA to PA which basically means the package got damaged during transit (no label) or simply lost. He had already checked with the Sacramento/LA drop off points and they couldn't find the package anywhere.

As the package wasn't insured either, all he can do now is to issue an apology letter and a check of $6.75 to cover postage. I'm basically out by $793.25 o|o|o|.

Though he did say in case of pure luck, the package may show up in couple of weeks (provided the shipping label wasn't torn, etc) but that again, is a stretch.

I'm totally saddened by this incident. It's like getting the funds ready for almost 6 months, drooling over the pics and then finally having it in hand for 2 weeks and then the watch goes RIP.
Even if I had dropped or broken the watch myself, I wouldn't feel that bad VS losing it in transit with the postal service.

With X-mas around the corner, my budget is already tied with gifts for my wife/toddlers and to be honest, I don't see myself getting another Hamilton at least for the next 6-8 months :-(.

Funny that prior to me sending off the watch, my wife was already complaining to me that there was "nothing wrong with the watch as it is" but the WuS factor inside of me created the image of my perfect Hamilton with blue hands and alas, I paid a heavy price for it.

For now, I might get a white dial Orient or something (might sell my G9300 Mudman for it). I still cannot believe this. Took me almost 6 months to save up for a Hamilton and in just a short time, I'm back to where I started my hobby from (with GShocks).

The point of this thread (and I'm probably preaching to the choir)......INSURE YOUR WATCHES during shipments (if they are worth $200+). It's like one of those bad habits that we have but we never think about it till something bad happens and then we 'wake up'. I also can't talk about this to my wife yet (she'll kill me first and then ask questions over my dead body) so trying to let some of my frustration out here.

My beloved Maestro....you'll be sadly missed ....A LOT:

(my own pic..on a 24mm Di Model Pilot strap):


Sorry for the long read, guys.
-Sandeep

PS: For the curious minds, here's the tracking # 0311 1660 0002 0817 0457 (usps.com)
SOOO sorry for your loss :( Hopefully it will turn up!

Never use the government (USPS) for anything that matters. They'll screw it up almost everytime. I use FedEx and have never had an issue with watches, gifts and NUMEROUS high value stuff for work. I buy insurance on anything I don't want to replace, its cheap. I paid a total of 20 dollars to two day ship my Hamilton with 1,400 in insurance on it.
 

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I feel for u,man. Losing a watch is already a sad thing..losing your favourite watch that u worked hard to get is just horrible. Hope good things will come your way in the coming months to take your mind off this dreaded incident.
 

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I wonder if homeowners or jewelery insurance covers the loss.
 

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You're right, would have looked stunning with blue hands.

Orient has a model called blue sky or something similar. Blue hands and it's pretty sharp for an Orient. Good luck.
 

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That really does suck, big time. Although, there is still the faint glimmer of hope, it might just miraculously show up. A few years ago, USPS delivered a box of my mother's homemade Christmas cookies to my doorstep... in April. It's not much, but it could happen, and I'm really hoping that it does happen for you.
 

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Sorry for your lost watch, and thanks to have made this thread to warn others not to make the same mistake.
 

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Well, I MAY have some good news for you. MAY.

I've used USPS for years and never had a problem. Always been great. Often times it has been like overnight shipping from across the country.

Well, I ordered a Citizen Grand Complication a week ago and it showed it shipped and would arrive on the 5th. But even here, on the 6th, it shows it just...stopped...at the sorting facility in Maryland (the dealer's state).

So 48 hours goes by and I give them a call, file a claim and all that.

But, just 10 minutes ago, I'm not kidding, 10 minutes ago, it showed up on the tracking screen.

Like I said, I've used USPS for a long time and this has never happened--and it is arriving three days late.

But it's still possible your watch will get there. Perhaps there's some sort of larger computer problem related to this.

Obviously, it's speculation on my part, but I was in a similar situation until just now, so there's still hope.
 

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On a funny, yet totally pissing me off side note, I called my mother today and I mentioned that I had ordered a watch and that it had been lost in the mail. She lost it. She said "never order anything off the internet." I say, well, the dealer shipped it, it's the postal service's fault. She says "never order anything. Ever."

The irony is that she is the CEO of an air freight company.

Apparently, the irony was wasted on her. At least I'll enjoy a little I told you so when I see her on Christmas.
 

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On a funny, yet totally pissing me off side note, I called my mother today and I mentioned that I had ordered a watch and that it had been lost in the mail. She lost it. She said "never order anything off the internet." I say, well, the dealer shipped it, it's the postal service's fault. She says "never order anything. Ever."

The irony is that she is the CEO of an air freight company.

Apparently, the irony was wasted on her. At least I'll enjoy a little I told you so when I see her on Christmas.
A bit ironic to be sure. I'm always telling my mom not to order anything off the Internet, but that's because she's 76 and doesn't understand basic Internet hygiene.
 

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Not surprised the post master didn't mention it, but a very realistic 3rd possibility is that it was stolen. After having one too many packages vanish into the great Void, I stopped using USPS for anything valuable at all. Three packages in a row that never made it to me. Either I'm dealing with thieves, or with incompetent morons who drool on themselves.
 

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Oh DAMN... I know you've got to be sick to your stomach over this; Gods know I would be. Hopefully, and with a little luck, it'll turn up and you'll have your Hammy back home. It would be a great Christmas Gift if she does turn up. :)
 

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On a funny, yet totally pissing me off side note, I called my mother today and I mentioned that I had ordered a watch and that it had been lost in the mail. She lost it. She said "never order anything off the internet." I say, well, the dealer shipped it, it's the postal service's fault. She says "never order anything. Ever."

The irony is that she is the CEO of an air freight company.

Apparently, the irony was wasted on her. At least I'll enjoy a little I told you so when I see her on Christmas.

Hilarious! Totally hilarious. Still laughing here.

To the OP:
Sorry for the loss. Do try with your homeowner's insurance. Sometimes, if you've paid the item by credit card, it will also be insured against loss or theft. Check that, too.

It is probably not a good idea to post the Tracking number on the internet. :(
 

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if it makes you feel better, i once sold a watch to a fellow WUS in Singapore, and the watch got lost in shipping, so I ended up refunding the money for the watch and never saw it again :( In your case, there is a VERY high probability that it will turn up because USPS is overloaded right now, so things get lost in the shuffle all the time but will eventually turn up when everything gets sorted. Also, movement in/out of PA is restricted due to the flood advisory and winter storm alert.
 

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..............Never use the government (USPS) for anything that matters. They'll screw it up almost everytime. I use FedEx and have never had an issue with watches, gifts and NUMEROUS high value stuff for work. I buy insurance on anything I don't want to replace, its cheap. I paid a total of 20 dollars to two day ship my Hamilton with 1,400 in insurance on it.
Um.............you are aware - the most accurate shipper on the planet is? ................................The US Postal service.

FedEx? Lmao, you mean the company that uses contractors for final delivery?

Like everyone else I feel for the loss......................but as you mention insurance is crucial for any high value (heck even medium) item - carrier matters little, stuff gets lost, it happens. Insurance is crucial especially when sending items to "advertised" value places. IWW? if there's a thief in the process they immediately know "International Watch Works.......................snag, must have value". Hopefully it's just misplaced & it will eventually get there.
 

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Sorry to hear about that. Really hope it shows up ... that's happened and not improbable.
 
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