I've got 5 watches my great grandma gave me and I want to bring them back to Australia with me. I also have my other watch that I brought over with me in the first place.

So do I have to declare all 6 of my watches? Or can I just put 5 in my under-carriage bag and wear my normal one?

Edited in from a now deleted 'answer' by OP:
They aren't expensive watches, I'll probably just use the movements as replacements or make some steampunk stuff from them.

  • related maybe: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/49696/… – Newton May 29 '18 at 12:01
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    Wear three on each arm. Tell security "I travel a lot between six time zones. Thank you." :) – Sebastian May 29 '18 at 12:10
  • @Sebastian There are technically 5 timezones in Australia, and 8 if you count territories timeanddate.com/time/zone/australia, so the OP is just being prepared! – Peter M May 29 '18 at 13:40
  • Are the watches in question valuable? Are you visiting Australia or returning home to Australia? – Peter Green May 29 '18 at 14:26
  • Justin, you can edit your question and post comments on the question and its answers when you sign into the same account. If you did not register then, you may need to ask a moderator for help with combining that question to your 'new' account. – Willeke May 29 '18 at 19:35

You do not have to declare any given number of items, you have to declare a given (per country) value of things you bring into the country.

If the watches are cheap it is very unlikely that you reach that value, and even when they are a bit more valuable than you think, you might be on the right side of the duty limits.
In Australia, as in almost every country, you get your main luggage before you come to the customs and inland security part of the border control, so it does not matter where you pack your watches, you will have them when you enter the country.

If in doubt about the value against what is permitted, you should go to 'something to declare' and ask. But with old watches which are not of a known brand you can likely get away with having them in your luggage.

If you value them, aside from monetary value, you should not put them in hold luggage, as there is always more risk with those for loss and theft. Keep them in your hand luggage and you know where they are and go.

I have not checked out the value you can take to Australia, you better make sure so you know what you can bring.

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