Antiques Roadshow guest stunned after Rolex watch price unveiled

An Antiques Roadshow guest was shocked after his father’s Rolex was appraised at a huge price.

The guest came to showcase the highly collectible Swiss watch Rolex on the BBC show much to the delight of expert Ben Wright.

They revealed that the watch had been delivered to his father in the prison camp, which stunned Ben Wright.

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The guest said: “My father was in the 51st Highland Division and was captured in June 1940, and all their watches were taken from them by the Germans.

“What interests me so much is that this watch was ordered by my father in 1941 directly from Switzerland, Rolex Switzerland, where it was delivered to him in the prison camp.

“I don’t understand how the Germans could leave the watches to them, and I believe that many other prisoners ordered similar watches because it was an incredible morale boost for them!”

Ben commented: “I’ve never heard of you being able to order a Rolex from Switzerland via the Red Cross as I understand it, while being in safe custody!

“The morale in the camp was very important, but allowing them mechanical things is extraordinary, and I didn’t know it was allowed because physically, you could do something with this watch!”

The guest who brought the watch and expert Ben Wright

The guest continued, “They did, I think they made compasses out of the tracks. I’m sure the man who organized the great escape was on a different side.”

Ben added: “Here you have your father’s POW camp documents, and surprisingly we have a photo of him entering the POW camp looking like a normal young man.

“And then a photo right at the end of him here having had a grueling time.”

He revealed: “At auction without the story it would be worth £2,500-3,000, but with the story the price has to double, so it must be worth at least £5,000!

“I wouldn’t be at all surprised at the full story and such outstanding documentation, nor would I be surprised if it did much more.

“But I know you wouldn’t sell it and thank you so much for bringing it because it really is a wonderful story!”

The guest was overjoyed after the review and said, “Good God! Thank you very much. Thank you.”

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