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They can be quite "good". I recall an attempt at pickpocketing me ... in Lisbon. I was younger then ... and somewhat buff. I foolishly assumed someone was fondling my rear. Well, at least that got me to turn and foil their efforts. A minute later the pickpocket was successful with my spouse. It was an older woman with a big bag. We cornered her but the locals -- perhaps her assistants -- came to the rescue. She got away. All she got was a good wallet and a few hundred Euros ... but the credit cards and the ID's were what bothered us.
Doing the tourist thing in Europe I always leave wallet in the hotel safe. Credit card and one ID in front pocket with a little cash in the other front pocket. Phone in hand or in jacket breast pocket.
 

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I have never felt in danger when wearing a watch. Really, I have never felt too in danger period, despite likely being in dangerous circumstances.

Recently, I was at a grocery store in a not-so-great location wearing my 5205, doing an early-morning grocery run, and was approached by a homeless man who asked for money / cigarettes. I was with my son, who is still a baby. I went back in to the store, gave him $40 because it was Christmas, and I was never worried or anything - he was a nice guy, and he had no intention of robbing me. However, I was cognizant of the life-changing amount of money on my wrist, and that it was kind of stupid to wear this while I was looking after my son.
 

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Doing the tourist thing in Europe I always leave wallet in the hotel safe. Credit card and one ID in front pocket with a little cash in the other front pocket. Phone in hand or in jacket breast pocket.
Living in Europe for years, I never got pickpocketed or mugged. People used crowbars to take apart our mailboxes in Geneva whilst I was heading out at 4am, and drug addicts did break into my apartment and shoot heroin whilst I was away, but never had these issues "in person". I sometimes wonder what tourists are doing to attract this magical criminal attention.
 

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similarly, I've worn my 16710 pepsi on my wrist virtually every day for the past 18 years, from West Baltimore to Greenwich, and I can count on both hands the times that someone has mentioned my watch at all.

that being said, with the increased value and popularity of watches I have updated my insurance accordingly knowing that its not worth my life or my health, and I can replace it if necessary.
 

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Living in Europe for years, I never got pickpocketed or mugged. People used crowbars to take apart our mailboxes in Geneva whilst I was heading out at 4am, and drug addicts did break into my apartment and shoot heroin whilst I was away, but never had these issues "in person". I sometimes wonder what tourists are doing to attract this magical criminal attention.
Just standing out as tourists I'm sure. Americans, being fairly affluent, likely assessed as easy marks with cash, cards, nice cameras, and such. Americans also happy to stop and chat (which always annoys Euros for the most part), loudly asking in English where the beach/cathedral/museum/castle is...
 
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similarly, I've worn my 16710 pepsi on my wrist virtually every day for the past 18 years, from West Baltimore to Greenwich, and I can count on both hands the times that someone has mentioned my watch at all.

that being said, with the increased value and popularity of watches I have updated my insurance accordingly knowing that its not worth my life or my health, and I can replace it if necessary.
Being a former military guy where Rolexes are popular, we would always caution our guys about risks during travel. Ladies-of-the-night, barflies, and others with possible malicious intent know exactly what Rolexes look like and drunk DOD-types are easy marks in a hotel bar.

Also, I currently have my Sub insured for last year's retail price. Now prices went up but could I even find one at retail? Should I insure it at what they really go for in gray/used markets? Ugh!
 

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Being a former military guy where Rolexes are popular, we would always caution our guys about risks during travel. Ladies-of-the-night, barflies, and others with possible malicious intent know exactly what Rolexes look like and drunk DOD-types are easy marks in a hotel bar.

Also, I currently have my Sub insured for last year's retail price. Now prices went up but could I even find one at retail? Should I insure it at what they really go for in gray/used markets? Ugh!
Right, I've also lived and worked in cities for the past 20 years so I have what I would consider a pretty good safety/danger radar and use that accordingly. Bachelor party in New Orleans? Definitely leaving the watch at home

I insured my for the secondary market rate for that very reason, not only is my particular model out of production but any current version is unobtanium (for me) at MSRP
 

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Right now, yes. Years ago I was ready to pull the trigger on the blue the VCO. I got the call and went to the AD just to find out that it didn’t look great on my wrist. Even with discount I declined the offer. Till this day I am still in love with the VCO, but from pictures only. They say never meet your heroes, right?
I felt the same way with the VCO chronograph. It looked great in pictures and ticked all the boxes I wanted but just looked like shit on my wrist.
 

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I have never felt in danger when wearing a watch. Really, I have never felt too in danger period, despite likely being in dangerous circumstances.

Recently, I was at a grocery store in a not-so-great location wearing my 5205, doing an early-morning grocery run, and was approached by a homeless man who asked for money / cigarettes. I was with my son, who is still a baby. I went back in to the store, gave him $40 because it was Christmas, and I was never worried or anything - he was a nice guy, and he had no intention of robbing me. However, I was cognizant of the life-changing amount of money on my wrist, and that it was kind of stupid to wear this while I was looking after my son.
When I lived in DC in the 90's, and certain parts were considered not very nice or safe, I always wore a Rolex, either a Sub or Daytona and never had any problems. I'm always mindful of my surroundings, but I never felt unsafe or that someone was eyeing one of my watches. When traveling to Europe I wore my 16570 black Explorer II, as it flies a little more under the radar and it was probably my least valuable watch at the time.

I doubt the average person would recognize a 5205 as anything special and very valuable. More people probably know or would recognize a Rolex or they might be more attracted to a dress watch if it were yellow or rose gold. White metals might be mistaken for steel if a person doesn't know watches.

The closest I've ever come to being pick pocketed, or robbed, was in a nice part of Boston (Newbury Street). A homeless guy was asking for money outside one of the shops that is no longer there. My girlfriend at the time brushed right past him and went into the store. I reached into my pocket, pulled out my wallet and opened the cash slot to take out some money to give to him, and when I went to take out some cash for him, he reached in really fast, grabbed all the cash that was in it and took off. I didn't have that much cash on me at the time, so not a big deal. But I never felt physically in danger.
 

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