Watch Thievery

September 22nd, 2011 | 6 Comments

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!

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  2. By Robert Sebastian on Sep 23, 2011

    A tasteful, expensive watch doesn’t gain the attention of the everyday thug. It’s the flashy, gaudy wrist candy that will call out to every gang banger. I know it’s hard not to wear something you love and are proud of, but use common sense and you should make it through most situations OK.

  3. By Noah Allen on Sep 23, 2011

    I wore my orient all summer to Spain- wouldn’t let anyone between my watch and me. Hah, I love y’all’s watches- wouldn’t doubt if some low life loved them too and tried to nick it. Not gonna happen though!

  4. By Rita F. on Sep 23, 2011

    My watch needs me dearly. It is automatic. Without me it will die. It’s always with me.
    So I’m not going to leave it home alone!

  5. By Daniel on Sep 24, 2011

    I can relate to this story. Even though I have never been mugged (thank God), I usually don’t walk around in the city, out in the street, with my watch on my wrist, not at night and not, surprisingly, during broad daylight. Believe it or not, during the day is when a lot of thieves love to pry their little hands in your pockets, or worse, rob you at gun or knife point.
    If I am walking the streets, the watch goes in my pocket, or backpack, or whateever sort of similar accesory I am wearing/carrying.

    FYI, I am from Honduras and things are a bit more dangerous than Argentina over here…



  6. By Afridi on Sep 25, 2011

    I think common sense is what needs to be used when one is in an unsafe area. My Orient Pro Saturation will be worn everyday, but I might keep it out of sight if travelling where I might be in danger of having it stolen.

    On the other hand if stolen, I can always buy another one. As long as you still live to tell the tale, that’s what counts.

  7. By Christopher on Sep 30, 2011

    I would hate it if one of my watches were stolen. Several have sentimental value.

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