The biennial contest between Europe and the United States has grown beyond all recognition since Watson was last captain in 1993, with endless meetings about team uniforms, opening ceremonies which sometimes feel endless and even the two captains embarking on a steam train journey from Edinburgh to Gleneagles.
But one thing which might not have changed is how Watson will approach his captaincy, and anyone thinking the five-time Open champion will have lost his competitive edge - he will be 65 by the time the 40th Ryder Cup gets under way - had better think again.
"All I can do is put the best teams who are playing the best out," Watson said. "I will be honest with the players; if you're not playing very well you might not play very much.
"That's the way I handled 1993, I didn't think a couple of the players were playing well so I didn't play them very much."
Looking back to that contest at The Belfry, which the United States won 15-13 for their most recent win on European soil, it was no surprise to see Watson rely on the likes of Fred Couples, Corey Pavin and Paul Azinger, who all played in every session before the singles.
Ray Floyd, Tom Kite, Lanny Wadkins, Payne Stewart and Davis Love all played three times before the singles, but Watson was ruthless when it came to Chip Beck, John Cook and Lee Janzen, who only featured once. Janzen had won the US Open just a few months earlier but lost his fourballs with Jim Gallagher Jr and then suffered a one-hole defeat to Colin Montgomerie in the singles.
"I am not going to be that captain who says everyone's going to play the same number of matches, we're there to win," Watson added.
"I think the team got behind me in 1993 and said we are going to win this no matter what. That's my call, that's where I get second-guessed but I will take the arrows."