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Advice needed

Posted: August 14th 2019, 4:26pm
by bbattle
I'd like to give some watches as gifts but my sons-in-law and grandson-in-law don't seem to be interested in watches.

How to tell if their indifference is due to a lack of awareness of all that horological coolness or just satisfaction in what their smart phone tells them?

I realize my granddaughters are a hopeless lot. If it's not an app on a smartphone, it doesn't exist. Outside the cell phone universe, only macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets are real.

Really, I'm looking for a pipeline to unload watches that no longer hold my interest. I got started with a couple of Citizen eco-drives that are just collecting dust now. Would Goodwill take them? I've taken a survey of the wrists I work with. Nearly all of them are bare and suffer from repetitive stress due to constantly looking at their cell phones.

I hate cell phones.

Re: Advice needed

Posted: August 14th 2019, 5:11pm
by MKTheVintageBloke
I might sound a wee bit rough at times, but...
bbattle wrote:
August 14th 2019, 4:26pm
I'd like to give some watches as gifts but my sons-in-law and grandson-in-law don't seem to be interested in watches.
Then it sounds like you'd like to give hair combs to the bald. Although that they might simply not feel the urge to buy a watch, doesn't mean that they wouldn't appreciate one as a gift.
bbattle wrote:
August 14th 2019, 4:26pm
How to tell if their indifference is due to a lack of awareness of all that horological coolness or just satisfaction in what their smart phone tells them?
And how do I tell tomorrow's winning lottery numbers?
bbattle wrote:
August 14th 2019, 4:26pm
I realize my granddaughters are a hopeless lot. If it's not an app on a smartphone, it doesn't exist. Outside the cell phone universe, only macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets are real.
Sounds like a recipe for a quickly progressing degradation of eyesight, not to mention obesity resulting in hypertension and other circulatory issues.
Take them backpacking/camping, and make sure there's not a single power socket within miles. Then you'll all start whining about what a shithole you've found yourselves in, and to find a respite from the whining, they'll start appreciating the landscape. Trust me, a no-electronics trip is very liberating. And when there will be no mac & cheese or nuggets within miles either, canned sardines will suddenly become less terrifying. Dang, I never liked spam before I've done some long-distance cycling (with a tent) as a teenager. Guess that every now and then, having not is what makes us realize, that making do with what we do have can be somewhat amusing, and in the process, we begin to appreciate what we have.
If it fails...well...sometimes, that's just the way it is.
bbattle wrote:
August 14th 2019, 4:26pm
Really, I'm looking for a pipeline to unload watches that no longer hold my interest. I got started with a couple of Citizen eco-drives that are just collecting dust now. Would Goodwill take them? I've taken a survey of the wrists I work with. Nearly all of them are bare and suffer from repetitive stress due to constantly looking at their cell phones.
Let's look at it this way - if you give these Eco-Drives to them, and they'll have them collect dust, it'll be their problem, not yours.

Frankly, I really don't know how to help here. I'm not a clairvoyant, nor am I some miracle man who'd pull off something along the lines of Neil Diamond's Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show, and suddenly turn the watch-ignorant into enthusiasts. What I am is a WIS, a collector, and a grump.

Re: Advice needed

Posted: August 14th 2019, 5:50pm
by koimaster
This forum holds charity auctions where members donate watches etc, members bid on them and charities such as st. Jude, shriner and others receive funds.



bbattle wrote:
August 14th 2019, 4:26pm
I'd like to give some watches as gifts but my sons-in-law and grandson-in-law don't seem to be interested in watches.

How to tell if their indifference is due to a lack of awareness of all that horological coolness or just satisfaction in what their smart phone tells them?

I realize my granddaughters are a hopeless lot. If it's not an app on a smartphone, it doesn't exist. Outside the cell phone universe, only macaroni and cheese and chicken nuggets are real.

Really, I'm looking for a pipeline to unload watches that no longer hold my interest. I got started with a couple of Citizen eco-drives that are just collecting dust now. Would Goodwill take them? I've taken a survey of the wrists I work with. Nearly all of them are bare and suffer from repetitive stress due to constantly looking at their cell phones.

I hate cell phones.

Re: Advice needed

Posted: August 14th 2019, 6:17pm
by biglove
Donate to the WL charity auctions. The money raised helps kids in need and other great causes, and your watches will find a new home.

I have given away several watches that I have won in our auctions, one to our ACFO who loves it and wears it daily. Others to friends and family.

Re: Advice needed

Posted: August 14th 2019, 6:32pm
by foghorn
Forcing what you like on others is a monumental waste of time. I learned this from experience.
You can't teach "horological coolness". The fact that most of us are old farts is a testament to that.

Re: Advice needed

Posted: August 14th 2019, 10:06pm
by conjurer
Kids love G-Shocks. Gees are cool. Anything else you give 'em will, as Mr. Bloke says above, will collect dust.

Re: Advice needed

Posted: August 15th 2019, 3:39am
by codguy
You never know.............
I have gifted many BASM's (nvicta automatic pro-divers before that) to non-watch wearing friends, neighbors and relatives. Now 90% of them wear watches every day.

One neighbor broke the sapphire crystal on his gifted pro-diver unhooking a chain binder. Distraught that it happened, he sent the watch to a jeweler for crystal replacement and swung by to apologize to me what he had done.

You never know.

Re: Advice needed

Posted: August 15th 2019, 2:46pm
by bbattle
Thanks for the useful and entertaining advice. I'll donate the Citizens to the charity drive here.

And wait for one of my relatives to notice at least one of my watches.

Re: Advice needed

Posted: August 15th 2019, 3:11pm
by koimaster
bbattle wrote:
August 15th 2019, 2:46pm
Thanks for the useful and entertaining advice. I'll donate the Citizens to the charity drive here.

And wait for one of my relatives to notice at least one of my watches.
My two oldest grandsons (I have 3) love watches. Over the years I have given them many and my son as well. Their favorites are G-Shocks, one of which I took off my wrist and gave to my eldest grandson. My daughter loves watches as well. I think it is something you develop over the years, around the 20th time you have smacked yourself in the head with your iPhone.