Antique Antics -Why We Are Being Sentimental with Possession

What’s the oldest thing you own? (Toys, clothing, twinkies, Grecian urns: anything’s fair game.) Recount its history — from the object’s point of view.

To literally answer today’s prompt, my oldest possession is the ballpoint my father gave me several years ago. It is a stainless steel Montblanc ballpoint with two ink capacity, black and red. My mother bought it around 1992 and it was kept for a long time until about 3 years ago in a drawer, she gave it to me with the other, newer Montblanc pen. Despite the higher price and more polished look of the newer pen, I like the old stainless steel more, perhaps because of the history it has.

Let’s say that some of us is sentimental about our possession, watch is one of many men’s obsession, the other is belt, shoes, pen, cufflinks, camera, etc. Because what we think is important is not the good itself, but the value and history behind it, take an example of a watch that you bought for your wedding, or the pen you bought after signing a big contract, the first tie you bought for graduation, the watch you bought after having first job. These goods are irreplaceable, because when we see and use these goods, it brings back the memories of the past.

I’m not shameful to say that I do indulge in luxury goods, specially when I have a good reason or celebrating an important event in my life. How about you?


Here’s a picture of my watch collection. Look at the Baume Mercier gold tone watch, my father bought it in 1992 on his honeymoon with my mother in Singapore. The Tag Heuer Aquaracer in blue is my first watch, my mother bought it for me when I was in high school, it is also my graduation watch. The Tissot in black is the watch I bought myself in Singapore using my first stock trading profit. The Tag Heuer Aquaracer in white is legacy from my father, it is his first nice watch. The Breitling and Rolex are my father’s, the GMT Master II in gold tone is a present for himself, celebrating his 49 birthday while Breitling was bought when he had cashed in some of his insurance claim. And for the last, I proudly present Jaeger Le-Coultre Reverso in white, a watch for commemorating my private Asset management company specializing in stock.


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3 Responses to Antique Antics -Why We Are Being Sentimental with Possession

  1. I have a Harley Davidson pin that my father wore. He has been gone now for thirty years. I was fifteen years old when he died. Every now and then I take it out and wear it with pride. I also have four gold charms, that were given to me as a teenager and into my early twenties, all by my mom. Now that I think about it. I have quite a few old things that I cherish. Some of value and some for sentiment reasons.

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