OP here. It is refreshing to be understood.I agree "bond" isn't precisely the right word because it implies reciprocity, but I am bemused at the responses that choice of word is triggering. All of us here know precisely what the OP is getting at and if you think he is suggesting that a watch can have emotions, then either there is something seriously wrong with you, or you are just being deliberately obtuse.
For those who are quite vehemently taking issue with having emotions about watches, there's a certain irony in getting emotional about how others are allegedly being too emotional.
Anyway, back on the topic, the two Seiko Presage watches I own (enamel power reserve and tuxedo) qualify. On paper I ought to love them, but somehow I don't. I still keep them because they are very pretty watches and I admire them for it, but they just don't get a lot of wrist time.
By the way, many of the responses you pointed out as deliberately obtuse are exactly that. This is the Internet after all, and trolls will be trolls. I find it best to thank them for their contribution and ignore them.