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I read this article on another thread. I bring it up here because I want to discuss it further, and don't want to do any thread hijacking. Here it is:

F1 President Bernie Ecclestone Mugged in London; Hublot Stolen From His Wrist | WATCHTIME.COM

I sometimes worry about my old Sandoz being mistaken for a Rolex and getting me mugged. In fact, I put it in my pocket whenever I must walk through 'dicier' neighbourhoods. I wonder if any collectors of Rolex, Breitling, Panerai, or whatever have the same worry.

So, what's your opinion?
 

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Nobody would know the names of most of my watches since they aren't TAG or Rolex. What mugger would want some old "aw duh mars" or some Jaromir Jaeger tribute thing? 3 of the 4 Jaegers I own are black & yellow gold so they pass for Pittsburgh Penguin colors. :laugh:

mugger: "Give me your wallet and your watch!"

me: "This cheap thing? It's one of them souvenir watches for the movie Constantin. Look - it says so right on the dial. What can I say? I'm a hopeless Keanu Reeves fan."

mugger: "Just give me the wallet NOW!"
 

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I had a work acquaintance recently mugged for his Rolex outside of a pawn shop at night in a lower income part of Houston, unfortunately he didnt survive the incident. Since this situation, I know that I am more cautious of my surroundings, and more often than not, I will not wear a watch at night.


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I think we're not stupid enough to wear expensive watches, thick gold chain and take a walk down the poor neighbourhood.
If you want to show off, at least show it to the rich and well off.

Also I don't think I'll be rob of my rolexes because my last name is not Esslestone or Mandoff or Murdoch. No one knows me, 9pm............Hehehe
 

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Some pieces, like this Seiko, I can't even get someone to steal!
If there are times when I travel in "less than optimal urban environments" I wear something that's obviously made of plastic.



 

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That's one of the nice things about living here in flyover country among well armed ******* hillbillies. I wear my Rolexes wherever I want to go and my wife can go for a walk at midnight with hers if she wants to. We have a criminal element but they seem to pretty much prey on each other. I don't know anybody who has been the victim of a mugging.
 

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you can be mugged for anything. Your watch is not usually the magnet

If you are short, look worried and act like you are scared... you are a target

Me, I never fear as I am cautious and don鈥檛 go where the thugs live.
 

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I think we're not stupid enough to wear expensive watches, thick gold chain and take a walk down the poor neighbourhood.
If you want to show off, at least show it to the rich and well off.

Also I don't think I'll be rob of my rolexes because my last name is not Esslestone or Mandoff or Murdoch. No one knows me, 9pm............Hehehe

This is really irrelevant, crime of opportunity can happen anywhere - even in upscale or "rich" areas. And most thugs don't care what your name is. I agree personal awareness & common sense are great mitigators (don't wear the blingy diamond-encrusted Day-Date thru a downtown alley at night), but crime isn't limited to the ghetto's. Again, common sense is key here. Be aware of your surroundings, if things don't look right they probably aren't, don't stand out or try to look flashy when it's not common, etc. I can say my destination and surrounding does play a part in what I wear, but it's not just my watch. Clothing & cars are probably more of a mugging-magnet than a watch.
 

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I had a work acquaintance recently mugged for his Rolex outside of a pawn shop at night in a lower income part of Houston, unfortunately he didnt survive the incident. Since this situation, I know that I am more cautious of my surroundings, and more often than not, I will not wear a watch at night.

That's horrible, sorry to hear about that... :crying:
 

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This is really irrelevant, crime of opportunity can happen anywhere - even in upscale or "rich" areas. And most thugs don't care what your name is. I agree personal awareness & common sense are great mitigators (don't wear the blingy diamond-encrusted Day-Date thru a downtown alley at night), but crime isn't limited to the ghetto's. Again, common sense is key here. Be aware of your surroundings, if things don't look right they probably aren't, don't stand out or try to look flashy when it's not common, etc. I can say my destination and surrounding does play a part in what I wear, but it's not just my watch. Clothing & cars are probably more of a mugging-magnet than a watch.
Good deal; thanks for saying it. Common sense must prevail. This means doing more than racial profiling (useless at best, unfairly stigmatizing at worst; not every black guy is out to mug you, but a lot of white guys are). This is true for life in general - keep your wits about you. You may have been born at night, but it probably wasn't last night. ;o)
 

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Oh Boy, how to respond while being PC enough to avoid being banned ? I will respectfully suggest that anyone who doesn't profile has to be insensate.
Does anybody lock their doors and roll up their windows because they see a 65 year old woman coming walking down the street or when they see a middle aged man in a business suit ? How about the mail carrier or the paper boy ?
Do we then profile based on what we see on the local news in the evening or in the local newspaper ? Doesn't common sense dictate that we do exactly that ?
 

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Being aware of your situation is a must. I have a good friend who got his C/C permit last year because he got mugged leaving work. Not a big watch guy, but it was his dad's watch, mostly sentimental value.

While I'm not comfortable carrying a firearm around, I did buy a rifle, 6 magazines, and enough ammo to face a zombie apocalypse (right before it went up in price and became scarce) as crime from the People's Paradise of Cincinnati :001_tt2:is spilling over into the burbs.

Recently two guys dressed up as Duke Utility Workers broke into a 70 year old vet's home down the street from me, beat him up, stole his wallet, watch, and his Purple Heart. Being an old Marine, he did get a few licks in, but unfortunately he walked in on them and couldn't reach his gun.

Crime is all around. It can be the obvious and come from the unexpected as well. Just be aware of your surroundings and be prepared. If it seems wrong, it probably.

Bottom line, I'm not going to forfeit my life for a watch in my collection if I get accosted while out. At home, another story.
 

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This is really irrelevant, crime of opportunity can happen anywhere - even in upscale or "rich" areas. And most thugs don't care what your name is. I agree personal awareness & common sense are great mitigators (don't wear the blingy diamond-encrusted Day-Date thru a downtown alley at night), but crime isn't limited to the ghetto's. Again, common sense is key here. Be aware of your surroundings, if things don't look right they probably aren't, don't stand out or try to look flashy when it's not common, etc. I can say my destination and surrounding does play a part in what I wear, but it's not just my watch. Clothing & cars are probably more of a mugging-magnet than a watch.
As a former Law Enforcement Officer, I couldn鈥檛 agree with you more, Scott!
 
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