A war veteran in disbelief after learning the value of his old Rolex watch

“Antiques Roadshow”, in many ways, has changed the lives of people who have kept their simple possessions in good condition for decades.

That’s because the show told them the true value of some of their belongings that would otherwise have been gathering dust in a corner of the house.

A war veteran, who brought his old watch to the show, was left in disbelief after being told of its current value.

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David served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam War. He also worked as an explosive ordnance disposal aviator.

At the time, he noticed that many airline pilots wore Rolex watches.

David was lucky enough to stumble upon an inexpensive model, the 1971 Oyster Cosmograph, which he bought for $345 – worth a month’s salary to him.

However, the veteran only used the watch two to three times. It remained locked in a vault for nearly 40 years.

So when David took the watch to expert Antiques Roadshow, he was told it was now worth a fortune.

“These watches, as we talked about on Antiques Roadshow, have become very collectible. There are some very special features about them. There are some very special features about them. above the word ‘Cosmograph’ it says ‘Oyster’, and that refers to the buttons screwed in here,” the expert said.

But when it comes to the assessment, David was left in complete disbelief.

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The expert said: “The one that Paul Newman wore, currently at auction, these watches are around $100,000 to $200,000. Your watch is more special.”

He went on to say that his Rolex could fetch between $5,000,000 and $7,000,000 at auction, but it can drop to $4,000,000 if he wears it.

The episode was shared online in 2020. It currently has over 12 million views.

Floyd N. Morlan