You know those scenes in gangster movies: they’re robbing a house for diamonds, guns, and cash and right before they leave the house, they always snag the fancy watch, leaving no stone unturned. But just like in the movies, watches get stolen in real life too.
My friend’s mother was in Argentina recently when she had an expensive watch ripped right off of her arm by a thief in broad daylight!
So how do we prevent this? Well first off, if you are in a bad area of town or a particularly crime-ridden city, it would probably be best to leave your valuable watch at home. I know what you’re thinking: I bought it to wear it! But if you want to keep it, keep it at home. When it is at home, keep it in a safe area like a case or drawer.
If you absolutely must wear your watch out in a bad neighborhood, stay alert. Pickpockets often use distraction to quickly swipe your watch. Another technique is a double-handed handshake, where their left hand will grab your wrist and the right hand will quickly unclasp the watch band.
Don’t underestimate these thieves. They’re highly skilled and very efficient. Some may even opt to cut off a leather-banded watch. There are actually books on how to be a successful pickpocket, so don’t take this warning too lightly!