Man learns old Rolex watch is worth up to £60,000
While many people try their luck on shows like Money in the attic and Antiques tourOften Disappointed Guy Found Out His Watch Was Worth A LOT More Than He Thought.
In that classic TV moment from a few years ago, a guy appeared on Antiques tour with the story of a 1960 GMT Master Model Rolex. Hhe had picked it upor $120.35 (£97 – around $/£894635in today’s currency) in the 1960s, when he was stationed in Germany.
He explained that his sergeant told him they were the best watches ever made and, to be a soldier, he was obviously used to doing what his sergeant told him.
The guy rocked up to ancient tour to have his watch appraised and counted, it would probably be worth around $1,500 (£1,219) now.
He told the story how he came to buy the watchexplaining that he had not been cheap at the time like he actually did cost him more than a month’s salary.
However, the antiquities expert stunned the man when he told him that look has been is now worth between $65,000 and $75,000 (£52,800 – £60,900).
Here’s the face of a man trying to figure out how fast he can get to an auction:
The owner had kept all the original papers – even his bill – as well as the original box and bracelet.
Without all this, the rare watch would still have been value a fair shot, but luckily it all added even more to the value.
The man explained how he managed to pick up the chinese bronze statue for just £30 a few months before.
He said: “I have been collecting items for many years now and this was a recent purchase about six months ago.
“This was a lovely little find at a local garage sale, I was just walking along the grounds and there it was on a stand – £30.
“I picked it up and continued my journey.”
Expert Lee Yoa G if he had known what he had bought when he found the statue, to which the man replied: “me firstshould it date from the end of the Ming dynasty.
“But a friend corrected me and he thought it was 18and–century.”
Young explained that the statue is a figure of Amitayusseated on a “wonderful throne”.
“It’s gilded bronze and it’s Chinese, and it dates from the 18and century,” he said.
“In fact, it dates from the genre of the Qianlong period between 1736 and 1795.
“It is believed that Qianlong actually had about 10,000 figure made to celebrate his 60th birthdayand birthday, and in fact, the Empress Dowager, her mother’s birthday too.”
Young warned there were a number of “fakes on the market”, but said the guest statue had “fair enough wear and patina”.
He said: “The quality is good enough to satisfy me that it is the one that was made in the 18th VSEntrance.
“I have no hesitation in saying that if it came to auction today it would result in a pre-sale estimate of between £4,000 and £6,000.”