I've been around the forum for a few years now, and a certain topic comes up in comments enough times that I finally feel like I need to comment on. That topic is buying a watch for a newborn child with the plan to hand it down when that child reaches a certain age or milestone. Some people buy the watch and don't really plan to wear it much. Others buy a watch to wear, but with the express purpose of "imprinting it" into the childhood memories of their child.
I just don't get it. I think a lot of watch nerds (or WIS if you prefer) have this romantic idea of their child being fascinated with their watch and being overcome with emotion when gifted it at graduation or when turning 18 or something. I think the chances of that are fairly mixed. Perhaps some kids will, but many others won't. I think the parent is setting themselves up for disappointment, or in the very least, setting their child up to have to pretend to appreciate something they don't. "Gee, thanks Dad, this is really cool" <tosses it in a drawer>.
The times I can see this working the best are in situations where the child takes an active appreciation for their Dad's watch in their formative years. It happens by coincidence due to either a) the cool watch that Dad is wearing brings out a watch interested in the child, or b) the interest that the child has in watches which causes him to notice Dad's watch. Trying to plan that when they are in the womb seems like a big presumption on Dad's part.
To me, this mostly feels like a gift for Dad, more than a gift for the child. The Dad is hoping to get some emotional payoff at the end when passing down this watch. They aren't doing it because they know their child will appreciate it because the child often hasn't even been born yet or is less than a year old. It feels to me similar to the parent who "forces" their kid into an activity they like or liked when they were a kid, whether it's a musical instrument, sports, or other activity.
Not to mention that fashions change. Maybe a kid is interested in watches, but who knows what will be in fashion when the child is older. And tastes are different. When I was growing up my Dad wore a gold tone Seiko quartz. That certainly is not my taste today, though if he were to pass, I'd cherish that watch because I remember him wearing it. But it's doubtful I'd wear it myself. It would go in a keepsake box in the safe to be pulled out on occasion to remember. But I'm a watch nerd. How many kids growing up will be?
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.