Moving a conversation from the Images forum -
A bit of research on the web indicates that the 18-55mm lens that comes with the D40 kit should be able to focus at a distance of ~1ft. This would be at the 18mm end of the lens. It will not be able to focus at that distance when set to 55mm.
So take a test shot by setting the lens to 18mm, set up about 1 to 2 feet from the watch, and take a photo. Is it in focus?
A watch photo taken with this lens is attached. Photo by Ken Rockwell (www.kenrockwell.com)
Post your test shot - we'll take it from there.