Should I wear my nice watch?
IanG
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#1
| Member

Should I wear my nice watch?

I have a decent but not too crazy of a watch maybe around 250 usd value watch that I find very comfortable and I like to wear. Its not crazy flashy just a stainless steel banded kinetic watch. I was wondering if it would be unwise to wear it there...or if people have worn their nice watch casually and been fine.... Maybe theres nothing at all to worry about thanks!

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#2
| She-who-must-be-obeyed!
Some people will be wearing watches more expensive than yours, IanG! If you intend travelling around in normal run of the mill places, don't worry about it.

If however, you are going to get drunk, drugged up and hang out with some shady characters, I guess you should leave it at home! I don't know anything about this sort of scene, only that it can happen, but it depends on you. Since we don't know too much about you, I have mentioned this.

As an ordinary traveller, enjoying India, I don't think you have anything to worry about. Just use the normal precautions you would follow in your home country.
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#3
| Specialist muddler
Leave it at home and take a cheapie - it obviously is weighing on your mind. One less thing to wory about.
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#4
| Member
thanks those were my thoughts exactly I just didn't want to find out the hard way that I shouldn't of brought it :)
#5
| Chingona y Curandera
I concur with Aishah....I am sure there will be Indians wearing flashier and more expensive watches than you have....

but if you intend to do any farming, rag picking, sewer cleaning, or fish scaling, do leave it at home....;)
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#6
| Naan.tering Nabob
I never thought twice about wearing my Rolex. I don't think anybody even noticed it. They were far more interested in exactly how many rupees were in my wallet when I pulled it out and the Nikon with zoom lens. Wear it ..... & don't give it a second thought!!!!!!!!
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#7
| Loud Noisy Bird
It will be at more risk from the humid climate (if you are coming South) and the sweat (it'll be a real test for the stainlessness!) than anything else. A big chunk of obviously-gold just might attract the wrong sort of attention, but, should you find yourself sharing a street with that kind of attention giver, his eyes will be on the far-more-easily-convertible chains around the local ladies' necks.
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#8
| Maha Guru Member

A Better Option...!

As an alternative viable option, you could bring the lovely watch along and give it to 'Dependable Ol' Me' for safe keeping...! :D

Rest assured...
I'll only wear it for my Himalayan Treks and the only creatures who might give the blessed watch a second glance could be bears and yaks...! ;)

And if you have a party to attend and want to wear the watch, well, just give me a couple of days notice...! [cry]

Cheers...! cool:
#9
| She-who-must-be-obeyed!
Nick has brought up a good point re the heat. Since it's winter now and I am wearing my watch daily I forgot about it. But the heat is very annoying for wearing watches. So if you intend being where it's going to be hot, maybe leave it behind. I have a perfectly good Maxima watch going nicely now for nearly two years, and only cost me 250 rupees! So if you really want to wear a watch, buy a cheap one here.
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#10
| Survivor
Nothing flashy about my Rolex. Bought it in 1975. Wear it!

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#11
| Guru
there is nothing to worry about.. Unless, As Brisso says, its weighing in on your mind. If that is going to weighing on your mind, don't wear it when you are out living recklessly. You can still take it with you.
#12
| Senior Member
Wow Lad if your worried about wearing your watch mabye you should think about going. Seriously though I had a ring made with diamonds in India (£1600) value in the UK £6500 and Iv travelled India with it on. The point Im trying to make is you could be robbed anywhere but If you were to think about it you may never wear it at all. Hope im making a little sense, and enjoy the trip and dont worry. Wear your watch and have a great trip, And when having to get to countless train stations you should always be on time.;)
#13
| Member

Originally posted by: s.evans670@btinterne View Post

Wow Lad if your worried about wearing your watch mabye you should think about going. Seriously though I had a ring made with diamonds in India (£1600) value in the UK £6500 and Iv travelled India with it on. The point Im trying to make is you could be robbed anywhere but If you were to think about it you may never wear it at all. Hope im making a little sense, and enjoy the trip and dont worry. Wear your watch and have a great trip, And when having to get to countless train stations you should always be on time.;)


I'm not super scared or paranoid but i'm not looking to invite trouble. I was in the U.S. Marines i can take care of myself lol
I've been in many places in the US where it is wise to remove even any kind of watch that might draw attention because it invites trouble. But from what I gather it's not a big deal and I didn't think it would be but like i said in an earlier post it doesn't hurt to be sure! If i had gotten responses like "don't wear it on the train" or "only wear it in your hotel" i wouldn't want to bring it because what is the point of a watch you can't wear!
#14
| Maha Guru Member
My Marathi teacher said he never wore a watch because he wasn't a machine to be governed by such. I own a couple, a fake Rolex and a mechanical display piece for making a point in a presentation, but wear neither in honor of my panditji..
#15
| Maha Guru Member
- Do not travel alone late at night.

- If you are travelling alone, make sure that you have checked out your route carefully and that you keep to well-lit, populated areas as far as possible.

- Make sure that someone knows where you are going and at what time you are expected to return.

- Don't carry more cash with you than what is required.

- Do not make it obvious that you are in possession of expensive items, such as ipods or laptops.

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