Antiques Roadshow Guest Refuses to Sell Dad’s Gold Rolex Watch ‘Stay in the Family’ | Television & Radio | Showbiz and television

The Antiques Roadshow team visited the Woodhorn Museum in Northumberland where treasures included a gold Rolex watch from the 1980s. The luxury item belonged to the late father of a guest who proudly wore the diamond-encrusted watch all days. However, when watch expert Alastair Chandler appraised the expensive accessory during a recent episode of the BBC show, the guest refused to sell it.

Alastair began: “Well, the watch you brought today certainly cannot be described as subtle or understated.

“It’s fantastic, it’s a gold Rolex set with diamonds, it’s an iconic watch from the 1980s. Can you tell me how it came into your possession?”

The guest explained that the chiming watch once belonged to his late father who died in the late 1980s. After his death, it passed on to himself.

He told the expert: “We had it in a safe until I was a bit older, but now it’s my watch.”

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Alastair revealed: “If you were a successful businessman in the 1980s, this would definitely be the watch you would wear.”

The model calls himself a Rolex President, leading Alastair to ask his guest if his father was a “Wolf of Wall Street”.

The guest joked: “I think he would probably like that name. Yes he had his own businesses and came from a very working class family in Hull.

“He rose through the ranks with his printing and labeling business.”

The watch was the first Rolex model to include the full day of the week on its moving dial.

“It’s a statement and I think it was really his pride and joy, so with every photo we had of him, the watch was on the front,” the guest remarked.

He said his father was very well known for wearing the item because he “never took it off”.

He added: “It optimizes him as a person, so from our perspective, it’s just a very sentimental thing that we’ve had in our family for a while now.”

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The watch comes with three dials, an original leather box and the original warranty certificates.

Upon closer inspection of the piece, Alastair revealed how much it was worth today, saying: “At auction you’re probably dealing with around £12,000-15,000.”

The stunned guest replied, “Wow, that’s great but I won’t sell it.”

Alastair added: “It’s a beautiful watch and he looks like a fantastic character, I would have loved to meet him.”

Following the evaluation, the guest said his dad loved the more expensive things in life and had a fondness for flashy cars and nice watches.

The guest explained, “It was nice to understand a bit more about it and what it’s worth but it’s very sentimental to me so it will stay in the family.”

The most expensive watch to ever be sold at auction was Paul Newman’s “exotic” Rolex Daytona 6329, which fetched $17.8 million at a New York gallery in 2017.

Antiques Roadshow episodes can be viewed on BBC iPlayer.

Floyd N. Morlan