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Old 05-31-2019, 10:29 AM
 
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Have you or anyone you know received a gold watch for retirement? Or is this tradition long since gone or never even existed to begin with?
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Old 05-31-2019, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Worcester MA
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Two people recently retired at the firm I work at and both received watches that were not gold. The man had been with the company for 38 years and the woman for 52 years. The woman's watch was from Cartier. The man held his watch up for everyone to see at his retirement luncheon, but I didn't see the box or the brand name.
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Old 05-31-2019, 11:06 AM
 
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Two people recently retired at the firm I work at and both received watches that were not gold. The man had been with the company for 38 years and the woman for 52 years. The woman's watch was from Cartier. The man held his watch up for everyone to see at his retirement luncheon, but I didn't see the box or the brand name.
A Cartier watch is nothing to sneeze at....gold or not.
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Old 05-31-2019, 11:35 AM
 
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A Cartier watch is nothing to sneeze at....gold or not.
Yes, those are nice gifts for sure. What kind of company do you work? Finance?
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Old 05-31-2019, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Worcester MA
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Accounting firm. The woman, an admin who started working there as a 19 year old, was a very loyal employee to the managing partner (who himself is basically retired but still comes in everyday) for over 50 years, so I say she deserved an expensive watch. She also received a teddy bear that was programmed with the partner's voice saying various typical things he always said to her when you pressed different paws.
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Old 05-31-2019, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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The city that I worked for still gives retirees watches. I received a nice Seiko, not gold, but still a decent watch. The face of the watch is the city logo and the back is engraved with your name and years of service.
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Old 06-01-2019, 01:05 PM
 
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hahaha no.. unless you're a partner at a firm or something but not regular employees in private sector.
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Old 06-02-2019, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Grandfather retired in 1991 and got a watch. Not gold.
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Old 06-02-2019, 06:17 PM
 
Location: San Diego CA
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Retirement watches are mostly a curiosity from the past. My father received one years ago. Nowadays it doesnít seem like companies allow people to retire. Folks just get layed off especially if they are 50 or older. And there arenít any pensions anymore. Relics of another era in America.
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Old 06-02-2019, 07:11 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Who needs a go.d watch when retired? I have one already but use a Fitbit anyway. We offer up to $100 per year of employment, so someone retiring after 30 years $3,000. It’s up to the employee and their boss to figure out how to spend it. In most cases it will be a dinner at a nice restaurant, the retiree cost coming out of that, and then some gift with the balance. Other attendees pay for their own food and drink. One recently wanted it all to be free for coworkers so used the whole amount for the dinner. Another used the money for an expensive puppy and the lunch was a potluck in the office.
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