Ok, I'm going to out myself here. I'm not married and I have no children, but I'm interested in knowing more about the thoughts of passing your watch(es) down to your children or relatives.
Are you going to do that? Why?
I have my grandfather's old Wakmann(Im actually wearing it today) that I plan to give to my daughter and a vintage Lejour Chronograph that I plan to give to my son. I imagine I will have other watches that they will end up with.
Same boat. Maybe one per nephew/niece, but more likely auctioned and proceeds donated to charity.
This isn't something that I am overly concerned about. It is better to disperse the important things while you are still alive; that is basically what my grandparents and parents did.
They're not gonna wanna deal with all my junk. I plan to leave them my prized glow-in-the-dark dinosaurs and a mountain-load of cash when I die. Every time they look upon all that green hard currency, I hope it brings back fond memories of their dad.
Put them in my tomb. I am taking them to the Field of Reeds.
I've already spoken with my father about this. He knows I'd like to keep him around forever, but since that's not possible, chances are that my two brothers and I will figure out some way to divvy up his watches. It's not going to be easy to do. He's got some really nice pieces.
The nastiest estate planning lawsuits I've ever seen involve assets that are hard to value. Paintings, sentimental real estate, and yes watches. Kids end up fighting for the rights to things and they value them differently. That's the sort of stuff the breaks families when they should be grieving together.
I'll almost certainly sell every watch I own and distribute cash.
Edit: Unless they're super into watches, then I have an appraisal and division plan.
I hope to give away all my Timex before I go to the great beyond and if I don't, I doubt anyone will be fighting over them and if they do, that will be fun to watch from wherever I am. It might be good entertainment before I go to the next level of existence or dead consciousness in which case, it wouldn't matter. Thanks for the existential crisis before bed time man. lol
If you don't find anyone that would appreciate your watches after your gone (and don't have kids), forget about it and just enjoy your collection (it's not like it will matter to you after the fact).
I'm in the "forget about it" boat because my son has no interest in watches (he says that's what his phone is for). Instead of passing anything down, I stole (inherited) his Timex Field watch that we got for him in High School because he abandoned it when he left home.
I'll pass along pieces to those that will appreciate them.
My son already said he wants my 'Aquaman' (not it's actual name) Nautis diver. It's not worth much, but he likes it.
I laugh at the thought of him wearing it. He's a toothpick and it's a HEAVY watch/bracelet.
I'm in the same boat. Married, no kids. Wife is 18 years younger than me and thinks watches are a waste of $$$. I had stage 3 cancer, in remission, but don't know if/when it will come back. I was gifted a circa-1950 Hamilton Barton from my late father that was given to him by his late father and I picked up a couple of humble pieces of my own. In the end... I wish I am able to pass on those meager pieces to someone that will appreciate and can think, "this watch was once on the wrist of a person that lived a life the best he could & loved the best he could that was dear to him.". Just thought.
No kids here either - the wife will get them of course, then nephews and nieces if we don't have to flog them off to pay for medical or care. Although I do have my great, great, great grandfather's fusee pocket watch (smashed up by uncles who used it as a speedo on a cart they built in the 1940s) - that will definitely stay in the family.
Yeah ! I'm having a pyramid built so I can take them all with me lol !
Yes to my kids. One of them has already started angling for a few pieces. Lol.
This will probably be my path as well. Having it outlined in my will.
I don't blame them. I did the same for a few pieces of jewelry my dad had and now I have most of it. He really doesn't have watches worth much other than the ones I've given him.