Watches for generations

Does Anyone here has watch(es) that they want to pass from our generation to next and so forth????????

If yes pls share it with us.

If someone planning to buy for same, which will they consider most.

I just have one watch which has sentimental value and with which I
03/04/2008 - 11:19

never part, the one I inherited from my father. Its the only one which I will never sell as I want one of my sons to have.

here's the story I had posted some while back:

When I got to an age where I started getting vaguely interested in watches (around 11-12), I was into collecting Swatches and trading them with my friends, I finally noticed then the watch my father was wearing. Basically he had been wearing it all my life but somehow I waited 11-12 years until I asked him to see it. It was a white metal (I thought it was in steel, I didn’t know that white gold or platinum existed!) with a grey/silver dial and a black strap. Damn it was boring! It was given to him by the late Shah of Iran in the 60s and had a great sentimental value for him. Well, very unimpressed I was and went back to my Swatches and other watches that gave you the time in red lights once you pressed a button on the side and others with lots of cool thingamajigs on them made of a much nobler material…plastic (what was great about plastic was that you could chew on the straps when you were getting really bored in maths or geography classes ). Anyway, as I grew older and started getting more and more into watches (I say watches and not horology) I got to know that Patek was a historical name and a prestegious name but what I was definately interested in was getting my father to let me wear his Rolex Oyster Date (from the 50s) since that was what I needed to impress the girls!! (Well come on guys… give me a break I was in my 20s )!! On a sad January night my father passed away and after a few days my mother presented me my father’s watch. It now had a whole different meaning for me, it was the watch I had seen my father wear all my life, it was his most personnal object and now it was on my wrist. Now, the glow of the case (I later found out that the watch was not in steel but in white gold) and the sheen of the grey/silver sunburts dial was no longer bland and boring but shone for me like a beautiful winter morning light. I was very proud to wear it, my father’s watch. I walked taller and held my head up high, in fact it’s the watch that really got me serious in watch collecting, it put the standards high. I rarely wear this watch, only for very special occasions. I regularly take it out of the box, wind it, polish it, caress its forms and put it back. I don’t want it to become an ordinary watch, because it’s not. I don’t want to get in the marketing hype with the “You never really own a Patek Phillipe” which is a rather enerving slogan but I’m planning on giving it to my eldest son on the first major event of his adult life. I would be very proud knowing he wears his grandfather’s watch. The sentimental value of this watch is such that I would never EVER part with it.

Re: I just have one watch which has sentimental value and with which I
03/04/2008 - 13:58

Alex, What a great story. What a great feeling it must be to know that your Father is still a part of you, and the watch brings that to the fore front. Also that you will be doing the same some day. There is an intrinsic value beyond monetary with our passion with watches and indeed I think your story highlights that.

And what a great watch, I believe it's the Patek 3445G???

Thank you John, yes it is a 3445 (nt)
03/04/2008 - 14:16


Thanks for your inspiring story Alex
03/04/2008 - 18:30

Another point of value for your treasured piece is that it likely beats with a 27-460M calibre heart, which represents the zenith of it's class, along with our beloved 1072/1 movement.

Re: I just have one watch which has sentimental value and with which I
03/05/2008 - 02:21

Nice story, Nice watch!

Great story Alex,
03/05/2008 - 15:17

thank you for sharing. It is indeed a truly special watch.

I love the fact that you "give it love" on a regular basis even if you don't put it on your wrist that often...

Re: Watches for generations
03/04/2008 - 14:15

Interesting question. I have had many very nice watches and unfortunately after a time I lose interest in them or there's another I want more at the time. A friend of mine put it well, he said "I am not a collector but more a lover of fine watches" I am not sure if this fits me but I do get to enjoy them and then move on.

There is one watch that I think is the ultimate watch, which I have owned (several times) and am now searching for it again. It doesn't have all the gadgets and there's no glitz, but it's because of it's simplicity, clean design lines, & case size... this is the watch that I would want to pass on to my son.

Truely a Timeless Piece!
03/04/2008 - 18:25

When one thinks of designs that survive generations of changes in fashion, simple is better.  It was the simple Patrimony two-hands, baton marker watch that was voted one of the top designs of the century.  Likewise, your beautiful Patek should survive the whims of watch fashion and be as desirable a hundred years from now.

I fully agree! I wonder why the calendar indications via appertures
03/04/2008 - 18:30

whiche were the norm in the 50s-60s were abandoned by most brands to be replaced by sub dial indications which I find less appealing and legible.

Re: I fully agree! I wonder why the calendar indications via appertures
03/04/2008 - 20:13

Good question Alex. Not sure myself, my preference is for the apertures, much more legible and keeps a clean look to the dial.

Great choice...
03/05/2008 - 15:31

...this is the look I wanted to achieve when I designed the model for the Hour Lounge Edition Watch contest...

it's hard to do better than that

what is the case size by the way?

Re: Re: Watches for generations
03/06/2008 - 18:06

This is my first venture into the Hour Lounge.  For obvious reason my interest in VC.  I was surprised to see the picture of the 3450.  I currantly own one with a sapphire crystal back & I have say it is a beautiful piece.  It has been with PP in Geneve for over a year, for service.  Seeing your picture caused me to view pictures of mine while wishing for a speedy return. 

Now back to acclimating my self to VC.  Thank you

Welcome to the Lounge Richard :-) (nt)
03/06/2008 - 18:23


my VC perpetual Calendar Chrono Excellence Platine
03/05/2008 - 15:28

..that is, when I get my hands on it... It will be the first time I get to wear a watch of such value, and I have really been obsessed by it (and its predecessor) for the last five years, so I am hoping that this will remain my "Holy Grail" watch for the rest of my life, and that my kids (when they are born) will see this watch the same way Alex does with his dad's. The only "if" is that, I might get a similar experience to John. In fact, hanging around the Watch forums (or is it fora?), it seems that for A LOT of WIS, shortly after getting the watch of their dream, they start to look for the next one...

To be honest, I do hope that this will not happen to me - at least not for my 47212. I will probably want to buy more watches, as one does need a little bit of diversity in its life, but I do hope that the 47212 will remain my "main watch" for the rest of my life.

especially considering that you decided on buying it after your
03/05/2008 - 16:05

terrible accident. In a way it will be a constant reminder of how lucky you are.