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In the Breaking Bad finale, 'Felina' Walt goes to this gas station where he uses a pay phone to obtain the address of Mr. and Mrs. Schwartz. After this he takes out his watch and places it on the pay phone. Then he just leaves.

What is the meaning of this scene ?enter image description here

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On talking bad aired directly after the finale Vince Gilligan stated it was down to a continuity error.

When they shot the flash forward scene in the first episode of season 5 Walt wasn't wearing a watch. Therefore they had to have it removed.

He also said there was an "artsy fartsy" which was that Walt didn’t need the watch anymore as he was about to encounter Jesse, who gave him the watch, for the last time.

But ye. The primary reason is the continuity error.

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This sounded hinky to me on the show. BB left plenty of other unanswered questions (Gus Fring's origins, for example) and this thing with the watch seems kind of, well, specific. I saw Vince's explanation but just seemed really out of context. – lonstar Oct 7 '13 at 3:54
I can’t recall the flash forward scene right now … what happened there? – unor Oct 9 '13 at 13:01
But He didn't know he was going to encounter Jesse for the last time. I think @steerpike made a better artsy fartsy reason than Vince! – Secret Apr 16 '15 at 1:46

Another interpretation can be, it's the symbol that Walter White had finally accepted his fate. He's never gonna make it alive or never gonna die a normal death (a cancer patient without any proper treatment, isolated in a cold mountain, his family is suffering for all his crimes). So Walt decided he's gonna redeem all of his misdeeds. Leaving watch is the symbol that he isn't Heisenberg anymore, he's now Walter White. And he didn't need that watch anymore, his time is already over. All he needs is redemption and revenge

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Walt is losing weight rapidly and the watch no longer fits. His wedding ring is most important and he places this on a string around his kneck. He holds his family relationship to be the most important thing in his life and his initial motivation for everything. Jesse gave him the watch and I suppose he cuts his bond with him. Though not entirely as we all know at the end!

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This is a very rare and expensive watch, a birthday present from Jesse. It might help someone identify Walt, and prevent him from accomplishing his last mission.

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