Two weeks in the past, the 24-year-old Bas was with a few of his pals on a little bit seaside in Amsterdam. Having fun with the solar and the water. In some unspecified time in the future, he observed that somebody tried to steal the Rolex of one among his pals. He mentioned one thing to the robber and this was returned with three photographs.
Bas was useless. His assassin threatened to shoot his pals as effectively in the event that they did something however stroll away. I totally perceive that in some elements of the world that is the fact of every single day, however right here in The Netherlands, it’s not. Or, maybe higher mentioned, it was not. Now, the case continues to be ongoing and underneath investigation, however we’ve seen an enormous quantity of “Rolex robberies” previously months right here in The Netherlands. Typically, solely with materials loss, however within the unhappy case described above, it price a younger man his life.
Once more, in sure elements of the world, it isn’t very clever to put on a Rolex. Or any costly watch, for that matter. It was protected right here in The Netherlands, maybe most of Europe. Nevertheless it hasn’t been for some time. The information tells us of watch-related stabbings in London. There have been a number of “Rolex robberies” in Amsterdam over the previous few years. Some well-known Dutch folks had been robbed of their Rolex watch in Amsterdam within the final three years, primarily as a result of the robbers knew they’d these watches on them. It’s straightforward to see on the Instagram pages of those folks what they’re carrying and the place they like to hang around.
Within the case of 24-year-old Bas, the robber (and assassin) confessed and in addition advised the police the place the weapon he used and the Rolex he took might be discovered. Nothing a lot is understood in regards to the the reason why (in fact, he needed the Rolex watch of Bas’s pal). How an individual can worth life so little that he’s keen to take one due to a watch is past me. Particularly in a rustic like The Netherlands or a metropolis like Amsterdam. How come somebody desires to have a Rolex so badly, he’s keen to kill for it? What’s it particularly that has created this type of monster?
Rolex continues to be the image of standing. I believe it’s protected to say that most individuals who buy a Rolex, do that due to the model title, not for the love of (mechanical) watches. And to every his or her personal, however displaying off additionally means you’ll entice the unsuitable sort of folks. Carrying a Rolex has develop into difficult in the previous few years, particularly in locations like Amsterdam. Apparently, you should look over your shoulder on a regular basis. However not even that may be sufficient. In any case, Bas was simply visiting a seaside on a sunny afternoon.
I’ve to confess, that I by no means really feel uncomfortable carrying an costly watch. Once I go to locations I don’t belief, I simply chorus from carrying an costly watch. However to me, it has by no means actually been the case in The Netherlands (and in many of the different nations I visited through the years). However, with all of the latest robberies and, now, killings, I’ve began considering twice about what I placed on my wrist.
I observed some folks on social media commenting that they gained’t cease carrying their Rolex watches in Amsterdam regardless of what occurred to Bas. However is it actually price it? Placing your self (and your mates, apparently), at risk since you wish to put on a Rolex? I don’t have the reply, it simply makes me give it some thought earlier than I depart the home. It makes me conscious that there’s hazard in carrying a pleasant watch in (public) locations. A scenario that I solely knew from tales. Tales that appeared to this point faraway from my every day actuality. They had been tales of horror from far-flung lands. And now these tales are being advised by folks on my avenue about somebody that lived close by. It’s insane.
Is it solely Rolex?
Some time in the past (earlier than the killing of Bas), I observed that two guys (I’ll pass over the small print) first observed my Rolex earlier than they began a dialog with me. That gave me a really disagreeable feeling, particularly because it was in entrance of my dwelling. I instantly realized I picked the unsuitable look ahead to that day to put on. I’m assured it wouldn’t be the case with any of the opposite manufacturers I personal. Rolex is so well-known, additionally by individuals who know nothing about watches. The present demand for Rolex doesn’t assist precisely. The truth that costs are simply going via the roof, even for the fashions that was caught on the vendor’s home windows perpetually, doesn’t assist.
I’m not a psychologist, and neither do I wish to put the blame on social media, for instance, however there are some things that concern me. Influencers on social media displaying the wealthy life, flashing their Rolexes, usually pretending that that is immediately’s regular. It isn’t. Children which can be 17, 18, 19, or of their early 20s, considering it’s “obligatory” to have a Rolex. It isn’t. Rolex sellers play “boss” by telling these youngsters which Rolex makes you cool, or at the least look cool. There’s nonetheless nothing unsuitable with that, it’s advertising, nevertheless it additionally attracts the unsuitable sort of folks. The sort of folks that’s not keen to work for that Rolex, or these which can be keen to do the rest to get their fingers on the prize.
Getting robbed, and even killed, for a watch. Who would have thought it? It’s the unhappy actuality we dwell in. I might hate for something dangerous to occur to one of many Fratelli, so please, be vigilant and take care.