This is the watch forum so I don't want to get dragged into a discussion about what's currently happening over here in the US. All I will say is I feel sickened and saddened watching the news live at night. A jeweler not too far from where I am took what he could from his store and put the rest in the stores safe, the looters took the safe.
So I'm just the average Seiko buyer but I see the Watches of Switzerland store in Soho NY was one of those that got looted. I have seen a value of $2.4 million quoted stolen but some say it's unlikely that much would have been on display. I'm sure you of you NY visitors might have popped into the store and will have first hand experience.
So any of these watches that were stolen will obviously have their serial numbers in a database, when these eventually start hitting the market I'm sure they will find homes. When they eventually end up at Rolex or Patek for service in years to come will the companies be allowed confiscate the watches?
Watches of Switzerland carry some really big hitters in the watch industry.
"The stately new SoHo boutique stocks the usual mix of high-end watch brands—Patek Philippe, Rolex, Omega, Cartier, Breitling, IWC, Jaeger- LeCoultre, Hublot, Ulysse Nardin, Girard-Perregaux, TAG Heuer, Tudor Bremont, and Longines, included—within 8,000 square feet of selling space."
To quote some idiot from CNN "Looting stuff that can be replaced is not looting"