Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Tip of the Day: Wear an Inexpensive Watch!

Today's Tip of the Day is a topic I have echoed numerous times over the years, yet I continue to observe foreign travelers of all nationalities in massive numbers boarding flights all over the world sporting some of the most expensive watches made, including Rolex, Breitling, Chanel, Harry Winston, TagHeuer, etc. 

Now, an important thing to remember: Even if you wear a counterfeit watch, AKA "knock-offs," most criminals may not look close enough to see whether the watch you wear is genuine or not.

Yet, that doesn't mean that criminals worldwide won't shoot and kill you for a "knock-off." They will, leaving two people disappointed: You, as you may have been killed, and two, the assailant who may have shot you once he discovers that he killed you for a $30 watch.

Personally, my preference is an athletic watch with a rubber band that has a two time-zone capability.

Now, here's the interesting part: I've worn the same Casio for well over 20 years, changing batteries every now and then, and yet, no criminal, even in Islamabad, Manila, Rio de Janeiro, Miami, London, Nairobi, Jakarta and scores of other high-risk destinations, have ever held me up for this globe-trotting $30 Casio watch.

So please, don't wear a pricey watch, or a "knock-off" in any country.