Police in London and Los Angeles report rising numbers of robberies involving expensive timepieces.
For the last six months, Troy Barmore has left a precious keepsake at home in Brooklyn when he rides the subway into Manhattan — a stainless steel Rolex Submariner watch that once belonged to his father and was passed along to him as a college graduation gift.
“I outright stopped wearing it on the subway,” he said, “not because of any specific incident per se, just because of a general feeling of, ‘I don’t want to draw attention to myself in that way.’”
Now Mr. Barmore, the communications manager for the RedBar Group, a watch collectors’ organization, usually
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