Hi, I'm new here and this may be a basic question or not but here goes:
The other day I went into an Omega shop to look at the watches (as I intend to look at buying my first decent/expensive watch) and when trying to work out the size of the watch in comparison to my current watch, I held it up next my mine (a fairly cheap Seiko) and the member of staff got quite irritated and said that they don't allow either the Omega to touch other watches or they don't allow it to be held up to other watches (I can't remember the exact the words).
Whilst I know I was very careful with it and I didn't allow the watches to touch, I am curious to know why they said this. Was it because touching watches leads to the potential for scratching or was it because they were both battery operated (yes I know people have "issues" with quartz) there's some sort of issue with electronic pulses from the watches affecting each other? Or was it something completely different (like they don't like their watches to be compared with other brands)?
Otherwise I must say that I found the staff quite unhelpful (and I imagine that they're on commission, so a sale is more important than actual help) and I suppose they were a little condescending. I think next time I'll go into an actual jewellers because I think they'll be more helpful (and obviously show differences between brands), and perhaps one that sells a variety of price ranges so they would be more understanding when a customer is considering paying large amounts for a watch.
Sorry about the length (and the possible rant) of it but is this issue of touching watches common when purchasing and what does it relate to?