Timepieces are privileged to be the object of choice in creating a family legacy.  Throughout their history, watches have been chosen to commemorate important life events, from marriage to graduation to retirement, and they often are the sole remembrances that are passed from one generation to the next -- and the next. Many brides or parents of the bride choose a watch for the groom, and many more people still own the watch that belonged to their father or grandfather, mother or grandmother.

At Aaron Faber, giving a timepiece as a gift is a special commemoration of important events and an opportunity to match giver and recipient to create a meaningful gift.


For birthdays, some clients look for watches that literally commemorate the date: a watch manufactured in the year of the recipient’s birth. This is great fun to source – many watches can be accurately dated from their movement or case numbers – and greatly appreciated by the birthday man or woman. 

For graduation gifts, gravitate either towards sturdy steel sport watches or, a favorite today, a vintage steel Rolex for women particularly.  Many parents like to choose  a version of their own watch by brand – because it’s been coveted for years by the offspring but Mom or Dad is not ready to hand it over, yet know how appreciated the brand is.

It is a longstanding tradition for the bride or bride’s family to give the groom a watch to commemorate his joining the family and this gift depends on the groom. A pocket watch is an excellent choice for the traditionalist or style setter. The watch is worn either in the front pocket with a watch chain attached to the belt loop,  or in the suit jacket pocket with a shorter chain attached to the lapel buttonhole in place of a boutonnière. Whether you choose a pocket or wristwatch, either is a notable beginning or continuation of family history and a legacy to the next generation to be passed on.

And what about engraving? Our recommendation is yes – our service department engraves your Aaron Faber purchase at no charge – but keep it simple and classic, limited to about ten characters.  Date, initials or names: they will be appreciated even more in the years to come when the next generation is reminded of the history behind the gift of time.