The claim that the watch was STOLEN is absurd.
Let's look at this objectively.
First of all, we can not say what exactly happened to the watch because it is difficult if not impossible to tell from the video. Thus, the decision to call it stolen is merely an assumption. Some might argue this whole watch buzz is but a pathetic attempt at ridiculing all things Albanian. Rushing to conclude that some "robber" slipped it right out of the Presidents hand, or miraculously undid the wristband without anyone seeing (the World was watching), nor Bush feeling a thing at all. President Bush never felt a thing or as "trusty" video shows, he never reacted to anything at all. If I were to believe such ridiculous scenarios, I must say than that Albanian magician must have been real good!
Now, what is most likely to happen to a flimsy watch when someone is high-fiving the wildest fans this side of the Atlantic? Have you, kind reader, ever had a watch fall off your wrist before? It seems I always lose my watch during fist fights.
Now, could it be that the pin gave and the watch fell to the ground? Could it be that Bush was looking down to see the watch which he felt fell off his hand? Could it be that one of his Secret service men picked it up?
Maybe none of the above. It seems to me the man took the watch off himself.