Watches have, for centuries, been given as gifts, a right of passage and a treasure to mark an important moment in time. While the styles of watches available today are vast, the meaning behind them hasn’t changed. For most cultures, the act of giving a watch is symbolic, a way to represent important memories or a promise to be with someone for all time.
While some Asian cultures consider watch giving bad luck, a symbol that you are running out of time, most cultures recognize watches as a dedication to the time we have.
Looked at every single day, watches are a great, often irreplaceable way, to give someone you love an opportunity to think of you regularly.
According to most traditions, when a man gives a woman a watch it represents his commitment to always be with her, every minute of every day. Others see this gift as a way for a man to give a woman time, in the sense of longevity and health. When a woman gives a man a watch, it’s often considered a sign of love, support, and affection, an offering for her to be at his side, always.
Giving a watch as a gift to a friend is a great way to commemorate the dedication of a long friendship and the time you two have spent together. It’s a reminder that you are always at their side, offering guidance and a shoulder to lean on when you need it. When an adult gives a watch to a child, often for a birthday or holiday present or as a special gift for graduations, it’s thought to be a piece of advice and wisdom, a way for the adult to remind the child to treasure each second of their life.
Time, no matter how you look at it, is a gift. When you give a watch to someone you love, you are giving them a constant reminder that you are always at their side.