Latest round up of Rolex thefts we spotted across the UK;
Ramsdens, like all pawnbrokers, is a target for watch thieves, as they have a wide selection of pre-owned Rolex items in stock. Usually staff are trained to secure the door when customers are in the shop, but thieves often get an accomplice to hold the door open for a moment, pretending to be just another random customer who has turned up 5 mins later.
Police in Preston Lancs have issued a photo of a suspect who asked to see an Oyster Perpetual and then did a runner.
DANCING THIEF CONVICTED
Meanwhile in Birmingham, a thief nabbed a ladies Rolex by doing a strange dance; Local Police released a statement on the trial and conviction;
Police said Abdelhadi Bahou Jabour approached a couple in Birmingham on 10 July and struck up banter.
He then broke out in a dance routine described by police as “part Bruce Forsyth, part Artful Dodger” as he slipped off the woman’s watch. Jabour, from Findern Green, Sneinton, Nottingham, admitted two robberies and an attempted robbery.
After failing to steal the man’s watch, when it snagged on his cuff, West Midlands Police said the 24-year-old jogged away from Colmore Row.
He soon stumbled across another woman wearing a £4,700 Rolex watch, which he also made off with. Jabour is due to be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on 6 October.
A jeweller’s shop was targeted using the old Ted Bundy technique of appearing to be slightly injured, or with a disability of some sort. The incident happened around 3.50pm on Tuesday 10 August when a Rolex Submariner watch, valued at £8,995, was stolen.
A man had entered the store using a crutch to aid his mobility. However, after asking to view the watch, he ran out of the store without paying for it.
The man was described as being black, of a medium build and around 5ft 6/7ins in height. Investigating officers have now released an image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the theft.
Namoki MODS has a sale on right now, with some handsome SKX dive models on offer for around £270, plus UK import duty n VAT etc.
What we love about these watches is that you can customise the watch with Batman blue/black bezels, different dials etc – whatever you like from teh extensive Namoki range. Or just buy the watch complete, good to go.
The Captain Willard SKX is due later this month. 46mm case width, gold, steel or black case finishes.
Namoki Mods have solved one of the big problems for a great many novice watch customisers and Modders. Namely, the fear of the cracking crystal in the press!
You see it isn’t easy fitting a crystal, and when you have paid decent money for a sapphire crystal, that can really spoil your day.
Often it’s a lack of experience combined with cheap crystal presses that leads to cracking. Cheaper plastic dies and poorly engineered press arm actuators tend to move slightly under pressure, or can be a micron or three out of alignment – and that causes the crystal to crack.
Always buy expensive – the best you can afford – tools if you are going to attempt to fix, or customise watches. It just makes the job harder using cheap stuff, and confession time, I’ve been there and seen the damaged casebacks when £10 case openers slipped from their tabs or the clamp holding the watch didn’t have four nicely chamfered tabs gripping the movement.
So Namoki now has a 38mm case, 3pm crown position, that comes complete with a crystal fitted. Blue or clear AR coating options too.
We think that’s the right way to go for your first few MOD watch projects, as it lets you tackle jobs like say fitting the hands and dial properly in your time. And you will need time to fit hands correctly, it’s difficult even with the right tools. Don’t forget the dial protector.
Prices start at $128 which includes a sterile crown and a chapter ring pre-fitted too. Great way to rehouse a reliable Seiko or Swiss movement that’s languishing inside a damaged case, where the plating has long since flaked off.
Zelos are one of our fave dive watch brands and the reason is simple; great spec for a very reasonable price. You cannot argue at paying around $400 for a 300m dive watch, with a bronze case, sapphire crystal and handsome dial options. Oh yes and super luminova markers and hands too.
The popular Mako V3 is making a comeback, with orders being taken later in September for this Miyota powered model. With a 40mm case the Mako is a watch that will suit mosts wrists, as some 44-45mm watches can feel too big for daily use.
There are special launch price discounts, so the range starts at $399. We love the teal dial models, and the green dial/bronze case combo. The early bird discounts end on the 15th October 2020 by the way. After that date, the entry model price shifts up to $499, plus customs charges/shipping.