You can set your heart by that watch- Vaughn did and both the watch and his heart stopped on October 1st, the day he met Sydney. The watch would grow to symbolize not only Vaughn’s connection to his father, but his love for Sydney. On the anniversary of Bill Vaughn’s death, Vaughn wakes early and looks at the watch. Lauren asks what time it is and Vaughn replies, “I don’t know, it’s broken.” I was saddened and slightly livid when Lauren later has the watch fixed as an apology for forgetting the anniversary.
This season, the watch is Vaughn’s proof to Lehman. After the car crash and Vaughn’s escape from Curtis, he calls Sydney and asks her to bring his father’s watch to him. Lehman asks to see the watch in order to identify Vaughn as Bill Vaughn’s son. After Vaughn’s death we see Sydney wearing the watch, but not her engagement ring. I suppose the watch is more of a symbol of their commitment and more of a reminder of her past with Vaughn. Why do you suppose the watch was used in the first place, aside from it being a fabulous pick-up line? Why do you suppose the writers chose to use Bill Vaughn’s watch as Lehman’s proof? Do you think it was an object of convenience? Do you think the watch could hold the answers to P5, Bill Vaughn and Vaughn’s death?