Well, it’s finally happened. I’ve stopped wearing Rolexes. In my local area (SF Bay Area), there’ve been at least five reported armed robberies of Rolexes every week. Some are ‘follow homes’, others are parking lot confrontations or sidewalk hold ups. Occasionally, people have been robbed while eating at restaurants, or waiting in their cars at stop lights. Typically, three or four individuals confront the victim(s) with guns. Although actual shootings are still rare, pistol whippings are the common result of any resistance. The news media all specifically identify Rolexes as the targeted watches, but none are more specific about which references. I have no idea how much such these thieves know about watches, let alone vintage watches. I know that those Rolex crowns at the top of the dial can be particularly easy to spot. And certainly, I have no interest in risking being a victim of a violent crime simply because of the watch I’m wearing. As well, I hate being self-conscious and anxious because of what’s on my wrist. I’d be mortified to lose one of my favorites. I assume that because chronographs can be so easy to spot, any Omega Speedmaster might be a target too. So, instead, I’m wearing these two, which is no hardship to me. Both recent acquisitions, I love looking at them. (I am a notorious black dial freak.) I hate this development, but it’s not foreign to me, having grown up riding 1970’s NYC subways daily. Still, it sucks. Anyone else put their Rolexes away due to the recent trend?