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My friend saw me wearing my vintage Omega Seamaster that I just got. Our conversation went similarly like this:

Him (joking): Nice vintage Omega, but are you sure it didn't come from someone who died?
Me: Haha, very funny, I'm not sure it would matter.
Him: Would you wear dead peoples' clothes?
Me: No.
Him: But you would wear a dead person's watch?
Me: If I can buy it for cheap enough!
Him (joking): You better watch out, it might be haunted or cursed! If it starts floating in thin air or starts bleeding, who you gonna call?
Me: *laughs*



So I ask you all, would you care if your used/vintage watches possibly came from a dead person? In other words, a watch that was on the owner when he died, and then sold to you. I mean, most of us wouldn't wear dead peoples' clothes, right? Even though my friend was joking, I thought it was an interesting point. I'm not that superstitious, but a lot of cultures believe it's bad luck to own something from a dead person without them explicitly giving you rightful ownership. Luckily my Seamaster came from an original owner who's still alive :-d. Also, like I said, as long as I can get it cheap enough I don't think I would care, just as long as it wasn't stolen from the dead person.
 

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If grave robbing weren't a crime... j/k. Those who transcend beyond the physical matter have no need for time pieces made of worldly materials. I on the other hand can still appreciate and drool over them. I have no problem owning a dead person's anything, except maybe bodily fluids.
 

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I'm pretty sure I've got watches and wear watches of dead people. I doubt that the original owners of the watches I've got from the 50s and 60s are still alive. This is especially true of the retirement award watches.

Doesn't bother me one bit. If they were stolen from graves, I'd probably be bothered, but otherwise, I expect just like when I die, most if not all my watches will be sold, hopefully to other collectors so they will be cherished and live on.
 

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When you buy something with your hard earned money, it's yours. It can happen that you buy a house or a car from owners who passed away for whatever reason, it's the same for watches ;-)

How can we know if a watch is haunted ? Does it run counter-clockwise at midnight and the dates flip backward ?
 

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Obviously the watch I inherited from my father belonged to a person who is now dead, otherwise I wouldn't have it. He actually purchased it from the widow of the original owner. So my 36mm DJ has had 3 owners and the first two died. OMG, a cursed watch! I will probably die someday as well! :-d

My other vintage Rolex came from an estate, so that original owner is dead also.

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I'm pretty sure I've got watches and wear watches of dead people. I doubt that the original owners of the watches I've got from the 50s and 60s are still alive. This is especially true of the retirement award watches.

Doesn't bother me one bit. If they were stolen from graves, I'd probably be bothered, but otherwise, I expect just like when I die, most if not all my watches will be sold, hopefully to other collectors so they will be cherished and live on.
+1. I have my dad's Tudor, my mom's Birks, and they're both passed. I'm certain many of my vintage pieces belonged to people who have passed. I'm also pretty certain that they probably had more pressing things on their minds at the time than their watches' future, but I like to think that I'm doing the owner some sort
of small honour by enjoying the watch while I own it. Otherwise, I rarely give the subject a second thought.
 

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I've got grandfathers watches. One died in 1935 the other in 1966. I also have a Hampden made in 1883. I'm pretty sure its original owner is dead. What's the difference? People buy antiques and estate jewelry all the time.
 

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Him (joking): You better watch out, it might be haunted or cursed! If it starts floating in thin air or starts bleeding, who you gonna call?

GHOSTBUSTERS!! lol :-d

Do they deal with haunted watches???

I've got a few reasonably old watches, and the likelyhood is the original owner has passed, but it's the same with everything.........your house, car, old furniture, antiques.....all sorts of things could have been owned by someone who's passed!!

I've got my late Fathers Royal Navy service medals, but I don't see him floating around the place!!

I guess some old items, inc watches 'may' have bad karma..........my other half has an old watch she likes, but says she always loses at tennis when she wears it, so she's now wondering about if that's possible...............I'd probably put it down to poor shot selection and tactics on the day, but hey, that's my job ;-)
 

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Every one of us has a terminal disease. It's called life - nobody gets out alive! If any of my vintage watches are haunted the ghosts are quiet roommates.
 

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Would make for an interesting WIS themed movie ... "Dead Man 'Watch'ing", starring Patek Philippe, A. Lange & Sohne, Audemars Piguet, et al ... and vintages, whole bunches of them, from Heuers to Hamiltons.
 

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nope. but my friends actually do. when his Dad passed away, he took his old Tissot. and when ask him why, he said, that he wanted his Dad's spirit always be with him all the time. he doesn't wear it regularly.
 

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Most of my Vintages are from people now dead. it does not worry me at all.
And I do not believe in anything being cursed etc.
My last house I had in UK was built in the 1480ies. (Precolumbian to you Us guys)
Several 100ds of people have died there. It was a happy house.
 

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no problem...as long as it's from the grateful dead.
 

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Haha, good points everyone. I guess when I die I'd like some watch enthusiast to buy and maintain my watches, and I hope he'd enjoy the watches as much as I did.
 

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WE breathe dead people's air, and some of us marry dead people's spouses.

Some of my best friends, in fact, are dead people.

I wear my father's watch to honor him. Much better than burying such things with our loved ones.
 

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No, 'cause I ain't dead, yet.

...My last house I had in UK was built in the 1480ies. (Precolumbian to you Us guys)
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Would that be pre-Tudor?

A pre-Columbian house would not still be standing, unless you consider a temple or monumental stucture a "house".
 

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No I'm not but have no problem with the idea; quite the opposite. Were it not for the fact I intend it to become a family heirloom I'd have found it harder to justify buying an Omega, which for me is a big outlay.

My dad claims to have an omega somewhere and while I hope it won't be for a long time, I will wear it proudly if it ever turns up (he got it as a graduation gift 40 odd years ago, but it gained time massively from the get go so he stopped wearing it decades ago, and it's now lost somewhere in the attic or wherever)
 
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