I collapsed after learning my watch was worth more than a house thanks to one key detail I'd never even noticed | The Sun
26th August 2023

AN Antiques Roadshow guest "fainted" after finding out the jaw-dropping valuation of a Rolex watch he had.

The popular BBC show sees people bring their prized possessions to be examined and assessed.

On the American version of Antiques Roadshow, a visitor brought a Rolex watch to be looked at by the antiques expert.

He explained that he bought the watch by mail order for $345.97 (£271) over 40 years ago.

The owner purchased the watch after discovering that the watches were excellent for scuba diving.

A Rolex now costs between £7,500 and £55,000, with certain limited edition models costing considerably higher.

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The guest revealed he had kept the watch in its box for decades and decided not to wear it while swimming.

It still had the original paperwork and a reference number on the back.

The expert used the reference number which read, 6263 to find out the date of the item – and he discovered it was rare.

He then told the owner his watch was "unique" because it said Oyster on it.

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Rolex only put that on their watches for a limited amount of time and it's known as a "mark two dial".

He then revealed that the Rolex could get around $400,000 at an auction and the owner was left speechless.

The guest then pretended to fall on the floor and faint.

Peter said: "Don't fall, I'm not done yet…"

Because the watch hadn't been worn before the antiques specialist revealed it could even fetch between $500,000 – $700,000(£388,000 – £544,000) which left everyone shocked.

It was unclear whether the guest intended to sell the watch.

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