I've used some pretty unusual items as props in my watch photos over the past years. There's really no rules to this. The props are sometimes sourced specifically to go with a certain watch or concept but at other times there's not a lot of rhyme nor reason about it. Sometimes a prop just cries out to be used! Below is a selection of images in which the props are a little unusual, or a lot. I've offered some witty comments also (at no extra cost).

What did Groucho say? I wouldn't join any watch website that would have me as a member...? Well, something like that.

Mired in a sea of coils. Working Accutron coils are becoming hard to find. Pity most of these weren't working. Waste not, want not, I say.

This was either good or bad shooting depending upon your opinion of the watch. I actually shot this target specifically for the image, leaving room for the watch to fit (S&W Model 10 .38spl at 10m).

Another prop specifically sourced for the image. I call it the WIS-trap. How many of us have been caught in the WIS-trap?

An oversized coin and undersized movements - go together like a horse and carriage.

It's a battery powered watch - geddit? I'll admit some of my setups are very, very deep.

Danger, Will Robinson! This little robot had been waiting for just the right futuristic watch to come along. Maybe it still is.

Look after the pennies, and...(The cash register is a pencil sharpener).

Tut-anhk-omega. Is this what Howard Carter may have spied in an alternate universe?

Ahhh...nothing like a day at the beach, (and this is nothing like a day at the beach!).

Is it the Statue or Statute of Limitations? Anyway, this one got impressed into a watch pic.

As did this one. How much does a Greek urn?

This lucite encased world globe was bought specifically for a watch shot. I just needed a suitable watch.

This shot was inspired by the pods in the movie "Alien". The glass beads were partnered with a pod-like watch with a matching blue dial. To give the beads some life I backlit them to highlight their translucent quality.

Pocket watches and trains - a natural combination, but done with a twist. The watch is actually railroad grade but the loco is one of Thomas the Tank Engine's friends, "Edward". And a nice looking chap he is, too. Edward is perched on a couple of lengths of HO scale track from a hobby shop.

The morning coffee. A shot I've never really been happy with but it does use a mix of props. The coffee cup , sugar cubes, and coffee grains were all obtained specifically for the setup.

I like sea shells. They photograph well and have such interesting shapes and colours. Here I have combined them with a water-related watch.

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