Have you personally had a watch stolen off of your wrist?

The plural of anecdotes is not data, so curious to see how many of us enthusiasts have had a watch stolen off of our wrists while wearing it. Having a watch stolen from a house or off a desk does not count. Having a relative or someone you know or your second cousin twice removed does not count unless they are on WatchCrunch and vote for themselves. Knowing Batman or his parents also does not count. Being Batman would count.

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Me personally  luckily enough but my older brother had his place robbed including a few of his watches.

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Ichibunz

Me personally  luckily enough but my older brother had his place robbed including a few of his watches.

Always a good idea to get insurance. My family experience has been similar (house break ins are more common than getting mugged for a watch on a wrist here). 

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Bobofet

Always a good idea to get insurance. My family experience has been similar (house break ins are more common than getting mugged for a watch on a wrist here). 

He did but unfortunately, he didn’t upraised his watches so he got didly squat 

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Nope, nor have I personally known anyone. Despite the news, it is exceptionally rare. In the US, most major crimes are at statistically all time low levels, but news has to report something. “Rich dude getting watch stolen” is a cheap headline that serves two purposes; Sell fear and give people who woundn’t, or couldn’t, spend that kind of money something to poke fun at, because in the mind of many, seeing rich people getting screwed over makes some feel better. Not saying that is right, but it’s news marketing 101.

Live life and stop worrying about sensationalist headlines. Also, that’s what insurance and non Rolex’s are for. 

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Never been the victim of a violent crime.  Though, have had the following happen:

  1.  Walking down the street in broad daylight with my girlfriend, and random dude walks up and sticks his tongue in her ear!
  2.  Sitting on Muni, random guy starts yelling at and threatening this nice, harmless 70 year-old man, so stand up and tell him to shut the f*ck up and sit down, which then results in the dude approaching me.  So withdraw the pen from my pocket as makeshift tool.  Conductor opens the streetcar door, sneaks up, and catches the dude unawares and pushes the dude out the door from behind before the fireworks can go off!  Everyone in the streetcar starts cheering the conductor!
  3.  Walking down the street in broad daylight, see some dude attack a passerby completely randomly!  Intervene.  Dude is on the floor when the cops come and they arrest him without further incident.  "Officer, what's going to happen now?"  Answer:  "Well, we'll bring him into the station, but most likely he'll be out on the street in a couple of hours"
  4.  About a month ago, guy breaks into neighbor's garage-converted-into-office.  Neighbor walks into office and finds dude with his pants down, asleep in front of the computer!!!  Calls the cops, who pick the guy up.  Neighbor goes to make a few client phone calls, and 60 minutes later, goes back into the office...  and dude is back in the office with his pants down in front of the computer again!!!  Apparently, the cops just didn't want to do any paperwork, so the first time they picked the guy up, they must have driven 3 blocks and dropped him off!  This next time, the cops come and actually arrest the guy.  Neighbor installs Ring Security cameras.  2 weeks later, at midnight, he gets a Ring security alert.  Guess who's back???  Neighbor goes to the garage-converted-into-office and puts a lock on the door and calls 911.  2 hours later, cop finally shows up, and starts berating neighbor and tells neighbor that he could be arrested for "false imprisonment" of the dude!!!  (Obviously, cop just doesn't wanna do the paperwork!)  Dude gets arrested again.  Turns out he's got this super long rap sheet of breaking and entering, arson, and sex offenses for always having his pants down...  most recently across the street from our neighborhood church pre-school.  Just found out yesterday that he's been released again!

Ah...  the joys of living in a city!

But, the single worst thing that's ever happened in my life...

  • At this party in NYC in my 20's, drunkenly hitting on this beautiful gal
  • This Spanish dude comes up, and joins the conversation, and straight up says to me out loud:  "Ah...  you're hitting on her, yes?  I can see why.  She is beautiful"
  • I say, "Yes, I am trying to convince her to kiss me."  He says, turning to her, "No, no, no!  You must kiss me.  Not him!"
  • She's laughing.  She says, "I will kiss each of you, if you two kiss one another."
  • Before I can say a word, dude grabs me, puts me in a bear hug, and sticks his tongue in my mouth!!!  And the worst part?  He's got lots of stubble!  You have any idea how scratchy that sh*t is???
  • I'm like, "Well...  okay!  We did it!"  We both turn to her expectantly, and...  she runs off!!!

Worst.  Thing.  Ever.

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HotWatchChick69

Never been the victim of a violent crime.  Though, have had the following happen:

  1.  Walking down the street in broad daylight with my girlfriend, and random dude walks up and sticks his tongue in her ear!
  2.  Sitting on Muni, random guy starts yelling at and threatening this nice, harmless 70 year-old man, so stand up and tell him to shut the f*ck up and sit down, which then results in the dude approaching me.  So withdraw the pen from my pocket as makeshift tool.  Conductor opens the streetcar door, sneaks up, and catches the dude unawares and pushes the dude out the door from behind before the fireworks can go off!  Everyone in the streetcar starts cheering the conductor!
  3.  Walking down the street in broad daylight, see some dude attack a passerby completely randomly!  Intervene.  Dude is on the floor when the cops come and they arrest him without further incident.  "Officer, what's going to happen now?"  Answer:  "Well, we'll bring him into the station, but most likely he'll be out on the street in a couple of hours"
  4.  About a month ago, guy breaks into neighbor's garage-converted-into-office.  Neighbor walks into office and finds dude with his pants down, asleep in front of the computer!!!  Calls the cops, who pick the guy up.  Neighbor goes to make a few client phone calls, and 60 minutes later, goes back into the office...  and dude is back in the office with his pants down in front of the computer again!!!  Apparently, the cops just didn't want to do any paperwork, so the first time they picked the guy up, they must have driven 3 blocks and dropped him off!  This next time, the cops come and actually arrest the guy.  Neighbor installs Ring Security cameras.  2 weeks later, at midnight, he gets a Ring security alert.  Guess who's back???  Neighbor goes to the garage-converted-into-office and puts a lock on the door and calls 911.  2 hours later, cop finally shows up, and starts berating neighbor and tells neighbor that he could be arrested for "false imprisonment" of the dude!!!  (Obviously, cop just doesn't wanna do the paperwork!)  Dude gets arrested again.  Turns out he's got this super long rap sheet of breaking and entering, arson, and sex offenses for always having his pants down...  most recently across the street from our neighborhood church pre-school.  Just found out yesterday that he's been released again!

Ah...  the joys of living in a city!

But, the single worst thing that's ever happened in my life...

  • At this party in NYC in my 20's, drunkenly hitting on this beautiful gal
  • This Spanish dude comes up, and joins the conversation, and straight up says to me out loud:  "Ah...  you're hitting on her, yes?  I can see why.  She is beautiful"
  • I say, "Yes, I am trying to convince her to kiss me."  He says, turning to her, "No, no, no!  You must kiss me.  Not him!"
  • She's laughing.  She says, "I will kiss each of you, if you two kiss one another."
  • Before I can say a word, dude grabs me, puts me in a bear hug, and sticks his tongue in my mouth!!!  And the worst part?  He's got lots of stubble!  You have any idea how scratchy that sh*t is???
  • I'm like, "Well...  okay!  We did it!"  We both turn to her expectantly, and...  she runs off!!!

Worst.  Thing.  Ever.

City life, and the shear density of people, definitely creates an interesting dynamic. Opportunity crimes from the desperate as well as people dealing with mental illness definitely stick out. I loved living in a major metropolitan, but don’t miss that aspect.

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AllTheWatches

City life, and the shear density of people, definitely creates an interesting dynamic. Opportunity crimes from the desperate as well as people dealing with mental illness definitely stick out. I loved living in a major metropolitan, but don’t miss that aspect.

Agreed. I lived in San Francisco 4 years then Chicago 21, I was always conscious of my surroundings in other words when riding the EL if i was wearing expensive watch? it was either under my sleeve/coat or in my pocket bag.  

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HotWatchChick69

Never been the victim of a violent crime.  Though, have had the following happen:

  1.  Walking down the street in broad daylight with my girlfriend, and random dude walks up and sticks his tongue in her ear!
  2.  Sitting on Muni, random guy starts yelling at and threatening this nice, harmless 70 year-old man, so stand up and tell him to shut the f*ck up and sit down, which then results in the dude approaching me.  So withdraw the pen from my pocket as makeshift tool.  Conductor opens the streetcar door, sneaks up, and catches the dude unawares and pushes the dude out the door from behind before the fireworks can go off!  Everyone in the streetcar starts cheering the conductor!
  3.  Walking down the street in broad daylight, see some dude attack a passerby completely randomly!  Intervene.  Dude is on the floor when the cops come and they arrest him without further incident.  "Officer, what's going to happen now?"  Answer:  "Well, we'll bring him into the station, but most likely he'll be out on the street in a couple of hours"
  4.  About a month ago, guy breaks into neighbor's garage-converted-into-office.  Neighbor walks into office and finds dude with his pants down, asleep in front of the computer!!!  Calls the cops, who pick the guy up.  Neighbor goes to make a few client phone calls, and 60 minutes later, goes back into the office...  and dude is back in the office with his pants down in front of the computer again!!!  Apparently, the cops just didn't want to do any paperwork, so the first time they picked the guy up, they must have driven 3 blocks and dropped him off!  This next time, the cops come and actually arrest the guy.  Neighbor installs Ring Security cameras.  2 weeks later, at midnight, he gets a Ring security alert.  Guess who's back???  Neighbor goes to the garage-converted-into-office and puts a lock on the door and calls 911.  2 hours later, cop finally shows up, and starts berating neighbor and tells neighbor that he could be arrested for "false imprisonment" of the dude!!!  (Obviously, cop just doesn't wanna do the paperwork!)  Dude gets arrested again.  Turns out he's got this super long rap sheet of breaking and entering, arson, and sex offenses for always having his pants down...  most recently across the street from our neighborhood church pre-school.  Just found out yesterday that he's been released again!

Ah...  the joys of living in a city!

But, the single worst thing that's ever happened in my life...

  • At this party in NYC in my 20's, drunkenly hitting on this beautiful gal
  • This Spanish dude comes up, and joins the conversation, and straight up says to me out loud:  "Ah...  you're hitting on her, yes?  I can see why.  She is beautiful"
  • I say, "Yes, I am trying to convince her to kiss me."  He says, turning to her, "No, no, no!  You must kiss me.  Not him!"
  • She's laughing.  She says, "I will kiss each of you, if you two kiss one another."
  • Before I can say a word, dude grabs me, puts me in a bear hug, and sticks his tongue in my mouth!!!  And the worst part?  He's got lots of stubble!  You have any idea how scratchy that sh*t is???
  • I'm like, "Well...  okay!  We did it!"  We both turn to her expectantly, and...  she runs off!!!

Worst.  Thing.  Ever.

Aah, the sweet romance of Spanish men…

There is a saying in the gay community here in the south of Gran Canaria; ‘he’s Canarian straight’. Meaning that for the outside world he is straight, but is not impartial to some man-on-man action. 

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HotWatchChick69

Never been the victim of a violent crime.  Though, have had the following happen:

  1.  Walking down the street in broad daylight with my girlfriend, and random dude walks up and sticks his tongue in her ear!
  2.  Sitting on Muni, random guy starts yelling at and threatening this nice, harmless 70 year-old man, so stand up and tell him to shut the f*ck up and sit down, which then results in the dude approaching me.  So withdraw the pen from my pocket as makeshift tool.  Conductor opens the streetcar door, sneaks up, and catches the dude unawares and pushes the dude out the door from behind before the fireworks can go off!  Everyone in the streetcar starts cheering the conductor!
  3.  Walking down the street in broad daylight, see some dude attack a passerby completely randomly!  Intervene.  Dude is on the floor when the cops come and they arrest him without further incident.  "Officer, what's going to happen now?"  Answer:  "Well, we'll bring him into the station, but most likely he'll be out on the street in a couple of hours"
  4.  About a month ago, guy breaks into neighbor's garage-converted-into-office.  Neighbor walks into office and finds dude with his pants down, asleep in front of the computer!!!  Calls the cops, who pick the guy up.  Neighbor goes to make a few client phone calls, and 60 minutes later, goes back into the office...  and dude is back in the office with his pants down in front of the computer again!!!  Apparently, the cops just didn't want to do any paperwork, so the first time they picked the guy up, they must have driven 3 blocks and dropped him off!  This next time, the cops come and actually arrest the guy.  Neighbor installs Ring Security cameras.  2 weeks later, at midnight, he gets a Ring security alert.  Guess who's back???  Neighbor goes to the garage-converted-into-office and puts a lock on the door and calls 911.  2 hours later, cop finally shows up, and starts berating neighbor and tells neighbor that he could be arrested for "false imprisonment" of the dude!!!  (Obviously, cop just doesn't wanna do the paperwork!)  Dude gets arrested again.  Turns out he's got this super long rap sheet of breaking and entering, arson, and sex offenses for always having his pants down...  most recently across the street from our neighborhood church pre-school.  Just found out yesterday that he's been released again!

Ah...  the joys of living in a city!

But, the single worst thing that's ever happened in my life...

  • At this party in NYC in my 20's, drunkenly hitting on this beautiful gal
  • This Spanish dude comes up, and joins the conversation, and straight up says to me out loud:  "Ah...  you're hitting on her, yes?  I can see why.  She is beautiful"
  • I say, "Yes, I am trying to convince her to kiss me."  He says, turning to her, "No, no, no!  You must kiss me.  Not him!"
  • She's laughing.  She says, "I will kiss each of you, if you two kiss one another."
  • Before I can say a word, dude grabs me, puts me in a bear hug, and sticks his tongue in my mouth!!!  And the worst part?  He's got lots of stubble!  You have any idea how scratchy that sh*t is???
  • I'm like, "Well...  okay!  We did it!"  We both turn to her expectantly, and...  she runs off!!!

Worst.  Thing.  Ever.

I don’t even know to unpack this all. I can’t stop laughing at the complaint about stubble. 
 

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Not stolen but someone tried to steal it once, in Berlin. You know those escalators 

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I was going up and a guy going down on the other side reached over to my side and tried to remove it. 

Pretty clever for a criminal (assuming he has the skill to remove watches so quickly but I guess a wallet would do just fine) because had I not intervened there wouldn't be a way for me to catch him.

Be careful on escalators!!

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Not me, a friend of mine, drunk off his ass in Paris, had his Panerai taken off his wrist a dark alley. What was he doing in the alley? Lifted bodily out of the bar he was in by a couple of very large men, who, it seems, were watch fans. 

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HotWatchChick69

Never been the victim of a violent crime.  Though, have had the following happen:

  1.  Walking down the street in broad daylight with my girlfriend, and random dude walks up and sticks his tongue in her ear!
  2.  Sitting on Muni, random guy starts yelling at and threatening this nice, harmless 70 year-old man, so stand up and tell him to shut the f*ck up and sit down, which then results in the dude approaching me.  So withdraw the pen from my pocket as makeshift tool.  Conductor opens the streetcar door, sneaks up, and catches the dude unawares and pushes the dude out the door from behind before the fireworks can go off!  Everyone in the streetcar starts cheering the conductor!
  3.  Walking down the street in broad daylight, see some dude attack a passerby completely randomly!  Intervene.  Dude is on the floor when the cops come and they arrest him without further incident.  "Officer, what's going to happen now?"  Answer:  "Well, we'll bring him into the station, but most likely he'll be out on the street in a couple of hours"
  4.  About a month ago, guy breaks into neighbor's garage-converted-into-office.  Neighbor walks into office and finds dude with his pants down, asleep in front of the computer!!!  Calls the cops, who pick the guy up.  Neighbor goes to make a few client phone calls, and 60 minutes later, goes back into the office...  and dude is back in the office with his pants down in front of the computer again!!!  Apparently, the cops just didn't want to do any paperwork, so the first time they picked the guy up, they must have driven 3 blocks and dropped him off!  This next time, the cops come and actually arrest the guy.  Neighbor installs Ring Security cameras.  2 weeks later, at midnight, he gets a Ring security alert.  Guess who's back???  Neighbor goes to the garage-converted-into-office and puts a lock on the door and calls 911.  2 hours later, cop finally shows up, and starts berating neighbor and tells neighbor that he could be arrested for "false imprisonment" of the dude!!!  (Obviously, cop just doesn't wanna do the paperwork!)  Dude gets arrested again.  Turns out he's got this super long rap sheet of breaking and entering, arson, and sex offenses for always having his pants down...  most recently across the street from our neighborhood church pre-school.  Just found out yesterday that he's been released again!

Ah...  the joys of living in a city!

But, the single worst thing that's ever happened in my life...

  • At this party in NYC in my 20's, drunkenly hitting on this beautiful gal
  • This Spanish dude comes up, and joins the conversation, and straight up says to me out loud:  "Ah...  you're hitting on her, yes?  I can see why.  She is beautiful"
  • I say, "Yes, I am trying to convince her to kiss me."  He says, turning to her, "No, no, no!  You must kiss me.  Not him!"
  • She's laughing.  She says, "I will kiss each of you, if you two kiss one another."
  • Before I can say a word, dude grabs me, puts me in a bear hug, and sticks his tongue in my mouth!!!  And the worst part?  He's got lots of stubble!  You have any idea how scratchy that sh*t is???
  • I'm like, "Well...  okay!  We did it!"  We both turn to her expectantly, and...  she runs off!!!

Worst.  Thing.  Ever.

To be fair, she said “you have to kiss one another”, you didn’t kiss him back so there’s no way you should have gotten a kiss from her. Your Spanish ‘friend’ on the other hand has every reason to feel short changed….😉

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Our family home was burgled and they took my parent’s Reversos.

Doesn’t really matter if you live in a ‘nice’ neighbourhood or not, it can happen anywhere.

Better to err on the side of caution than think ‘it’ll never happen to me‘ or ‘the chances are very low of it happening to me’. I’ve always advocated living your life how you want (without hurting others while you do it) but there should be some sense of sensibility and responsibilty thrown in with that

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All of my stolen watches have been located in my wife's watch box. 🙄

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One time and it wasn't the watch they were after,it was wahtever $$ I had on me.

I was mugged in Boston in the early 70's and the guy had a knife so I was very generous and gave him whatever he wanted. Wallet and watch (probably a Timex) gone. Life in the big city.