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As I’m in Maryland in the US awaiting the birth of my grandchild (second or sixth depending on how you count), I’m reminded of how life cycles. So my own mortality comes to my mind. In this regard, as we grow older and prepare to someday leave our earthly treasures to others, what are your plans for your respective watch collections? Will you parse them out? Will you liquidate them before you go (assuming you have the advanced notice)?

If I was a Rolex collector this would be more straightforward as these are more like currency. But say vintage Seiko is more difficult for a non-watch nerd to understand. The fact that you have a rare early JDM Speedtimer Gold dial that was professionally restored by famous watch guy xxx establishes more value than the same watch slapped on an auction site by an estate liquidator.

So what do you plan to do? I’m seriously looking into options.


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I actually think about this quite a bit especially as I told my wife they only cost about $5 each (seriously).

I decided a couple of years ago to start reducing my collection of watches and spares which I have done through watch fairs and private sales but I still have quite a bit of stuff knocking about.

My thoughts have been to give to my family what they want (after i'm gone :) ) and put a note with my stuff with the name of a friend or two who are into watches who I trust and let them sell them for the family.
 

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Good question. Probably best to think of an aire now and talk to them to see how the feel about watches and give the watches away while I'm still alive.
 

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Lol at $5 each !!
I actually think about this quite a bit especially as I told my wife they only cost about $5 each (seriously).

I decided a couple of years ago to start reducing my collection of watches and spares which I have done through watch fairs and private sales but I still have quite a bit of stuff knocking about.

My thoughts have been to give to my family what they want (after i'm gone :) ) and put a note with my stuff with the name of a friend or two who are into watches who I trust and let them sell them for the family.
 

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Well, for me it is a difficult one tbf, my parents had me very late in life, (Both Deceased now, also my Sister ) So not to put too finer point on it, I literally have no one to leave my collection to. Having no close family to speak of, there is just me, so hopefully, if I am lucky enough to have advance notice, eBay will be inundated with my collection, ( I just hope it happens on a £1 max to sell promotion Weekend ;) ) I tend not to think too hard about it, only it has crossed my mind, rather more of late. So, if anyone out there fancies a watch or two.....;););) On a serious note, i really have no idea what will happen, do i sell them all off now and chuck the hobby, or do i hang on and hopefully get some pre warning of my pending departure ? It is a difficult one to call.
 

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$6 for the Omega then Fred, it shows you $1 profit !!;););):grin::grin:
I actually think about this quite a bit especially as I told my wife they only cost about $5 each (seriously).

I decided a couple of years ago to start reducing my collection of watches and spares which I have done through watch fairs and private sales but I still have quite a bit of stuff knocking about.

My thoughts have been to give to my family what they want (after i'm gone :) ) and put a note with my stuff with the name of a friend or two who are into watches who I trust and let them sell them for the family.
 

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Interesting post and as I get older something I think about more than occasionally.

Having a lot of stuff generally stresses me out. My wife and I are constant cullers. If it's not used, it goes. Neither of us want to think of our kids having to spend months getting rid of a house full of junk when we are gone. We have no storage rental and get both cars in the garage. We have our sentimental keepsakes we think our children will want. Everything else is disposable.

As for me, I kid my wife (much to her dislike) that when I die, take my clothes to charity and throw away my toiletries and you're done! My stereo gear and records will get split amongst the family with my son overseeing that, as will my watches. What they don't want they can sell or gift.

In the big scheme of things, my records/music take priority over my watches. I've often felt that a person's music, much like their library of books is a little peak into who they are. What a person reads or listens to tells you something about them. My music and my gear says more about who I am than my watches do. But both are important in their own way and my family will take care with what's left of those items when I'm gone. I'm at ease with that.

Didn't mean to ramble.
 

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Might be cool if we could set up a SCWF Watch Trust. Folks could assign their watches or other items to the trust upon death or before. There could be a board of trustees comprising one or more trustworthy forum members to sell, with proceeds going to designated family and/or charity. Sounds like this is essentially what John B is doing. But the trust could be a good option for people who haven’t connected with other WISes in “real life.”
 

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For people like myself. my friend sounds like a crackin idea, providing it is entered into that persons will. And of course if the Mods are happy to admin it, it is down to those guys really.
Might be cool if we could set up a SCWF Watch Trust. Folks could assign their watches or other items to the trust upon death or before. There could be a board of trustees comprising one or more trustworthy forum members to sell, with proceeds going to designated family and/or charity. Sounds like this is essentially what John B is doing. But the trust could be a good option for people who haven’t connected with other WISes in “real life.”
 

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IM LEAVING ALL MINE FOR YOU GUYS SO I CAN SIT BACK ON A COMFY CLOUD EATING POPCORN WITH MY HEADPHONES ON WATCHING THE SHOW😜

My only Rules are:-

Change My Aqualand Batteries when needed (there’s 3 in the Classic)

Someone Clear my browser History on my Laptop😜

Somewhere in my home is a Blue Dial Seiko Sumo I lost.Find it and Post it on to me at :-

TheNeilo
Cloud 9
Pearly Gates Estate
Heaven maybe Even Hell (As I could be on the Express Elevator Going Down)

Someone Water my Plants they get Thirsty!!

Always Use the Carbon Brush on my Vinyl before Playing( it’s at the Side Of my Technics SL1210MK2)

Someone Cancel my Milk Delivery.

And Someone Tell my Postman that I’ve always thought he was a DICK!! And His Jokes were Shockingly Bad.

Do Not Shower or get Soap on My Seiko Divers as the Consensus is your not supposed to get them wet unless they are Pressure tested with new Seals.😜

There’s a Freshly washed Load in my Washing Machine On most days
So Hang it out as it’s bound to be a good drying day!!


Finally DO NOT CREMATE ME!! I can’t stand it too hot,And place me Stomach down as I cannot Sleep on my back,Charge my Lume on my Watch before Burial
As I’m sure it’s dark inside those Coffins ⚰


If Non Of The Above are adhered to then I will be back to get Ya as a Poltergeist
Through one of my 4K TVs So I will look pretty much life Like due to the Pixel count and clarity of Those Panasonic Flat Screen LED TVs.


My Headstone Quote I would like is:-

Here Lies “TheNeilo” And He’s Bloody Annoyed!!
I Told You The Prawns Were Off!!
 

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I've told my wife to just give all my watches to Todd (Seiko Shepherd) Heck, a good number of them used to belong to him. Of course he won't want the non vintage pieces but he can sell them to you guys and fund a Speedtimer.

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I am in the same situation as you Vyn, I intend to sell off all my watches in retirement and keep 10 to go to charity with my estate when I snuff it.
 

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My wife is going to sell them all and have a 'he's finally dead' party.
 

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I have a Spreadsheet in my safe deposit box. It list each watch, what I paid for it, and the watch serial number.
It also has Tom Robinson and Jon Kramers phone numbers, to contact for their sales assistance.
If I make it another 12 to 18 months to my retirement, it will be a moot point, as I plan to sell the remainder of my collection, other than 2 or 3, by then anyway.
Michael

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I've told my wife to just give all my watches to Todd (Seiko Shepherd) Heck, a good number of them used to belong to him. Of course he won't want the non vintage pieces but he can sell them to you guys and fund a Speedtimer.

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Damn it Kenny... don’t make me start to tear up and you aren’t going anywhere... I won’t let you. ;)
 

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I'm not even going to worry about it. My daughter will take them and research each and every one then sell them extracting every last cent that she can get. :57:
 

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Im the Last Mohegan . A very close friend looks at it as.. "We are the last two alive. Says we are Suffering from " Survivors Guilt" I have felt that on some level?? since 1964-65. I have Faith that much of what I have will be left to Trusted Friends to do my Will. That will be to Donate much of what I have for the care of Cats and Dogs.
I like to think "life has been good to me" and as I pass on I will also try to put Smiles on a Few Mates faces..........My Goal is to get down to 75 watches that means 200+ need to go.

Moving in a few months will help. Everything that I feel needs to go watches included, will never see the inside of the New Apartment Its a FREEING FEELING as I get closer to my LAST CHAPTER in this Book of Life. It's all Good.

Russell
 
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