I inherited my stepdad's battered Rolex – I was stunned when I found out how much it was worth | The Sun
One Antiques Roadshow guest got the shock of his life when it was revealed that his stepdad’s old battered Rolex was worth a small fortune.
During Sunday night’s show Fiona Bruce and the team visited Sefton Park in Liverpool for a new episode of the BBC One programme.
Discovering treasures and priceless ornaments is nothing new for the show but one man got to experience the thrill for himself after getting his stepdad's watch checked out.
Expert Richard Price examined the timepiece, which was a very old Rolex Oyster Perpetual, named The Explorer.
Explaining the history of the watch, the owner told Richard that it had belonged to his stepfather and had been gifted to him just before he passed away.
On further inspection, Richard revealed it had been made in 1959 and had likely been modified over the years with "service replacements" to the hands and the bracelet.
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He explained the hands (second, minute and hour) were likely to have been changed as they didn't glow under a blue torch like the other elements of the dial did.
Showing off the scratched face of the watch to audiences at home, Richard assured the owner that the scuffs were not a worry and it didn’t stop the timepiece being worth quite a bit of money.
After giving the timepiece a thorough examination, Richard delivered his valuation verdict.
He said: "I reckon that in today's market, between £7,000 and £9,000."
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Clearly stunned, the owner of the watch was left almost speechless, simply replying: "Wow, it's a lot of money that."
Antiques Roadshow expert, Mark Hill was left stunned recently after a guest refused to sell a damaged trophy.
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