This is actually something I've been thinking about for a while now. I think if I found a watch in the sand I would probably be walking with someone on the beach, probably the very love of my life, and then I would see the watch lying there with the sand all around it. The sight would compel me to say something along the lines of "like sands out of the hourglass so are the ends of the days of our lives."
She wouldn't notice the watch, she wouldn't make the connection with Days Of Our Lives. She would simply hear a vaguely threatening statement and, her sense of self preservation immediately springing into action, would run away screaming, never to be seen again. I wouldn't try to follow her. Running in the sand is difficult and sometimes chasing just makes things worse. I would simply sit down right there on the darkening beach, alone with a watch lying beside me, and ponder the loss of my one joy in life as the incoming tide lapped around my feet.