I run a older Rolex Datejust which my father used for 25 years that he wished I have in the event he died.
I also have a 40 year old Bulova that I picked up at a estate sale which was never used, cost a pretty penny to have it restored to use, manual wind with the original leather strap.
I would say that watch is something that you use and as such you should have some history with it and a story that can be told.
I did a quick look around the net to look at watches that I have never seen in Calgary and found this as a item to stir conversation http://www.tarrytownjewelers.com/ite...asp?ItemID=993
if what they say is true between the orginal ask and what ever he got on trade all I can say is ouch...