What gives something "sentimental" value? I've never really been able to nail it down for myself.
Is it dollar value? Sentimental items always seem to be on the expensive side. Everyone wants Grandma's jewelry not her Tupperware even though both were items she had for decades.
Is it some sort of connection to a personal object? If that was the case Grandpa's eyeglasses would be just as sentimental as his watch, but few people want eyeglasses handed down to them.
Of course I'm asking this as it pertains to watches. Is it some sort of historical thing where a hundred years ago a watch was something many men aspired to own and because of it's significant cost at the time was handed down from father to son? Has this view carried forward even though most watches sold in the last 50 years are much more of a general consumer item? Have we been culturally brainwashed into believing a watch is more than it is? It's a device for measuring time, not something that embodies who the owner is. When you inherit a watch, you get a watch, not a piece of who the person was.
I just don't understand it even though what brought me to this hobby was looking for information on my grandfathers watch that I received after his death.