An anonymous man bathed in glee when he discovered his 1971 Rolex Oyster Cosmograph could put more than $400000 in his kitty. The Air Force veteran had bought that watch back in 1975 for $345.97 with a 10% discount during his posting in Thailand. The man went down when he heard the big news in Peter Plane’s Antiques Roadshow.
“Old is gold” is a famous saying that brings out the obscured charm of antique items. One could not evaluate their worth as chuckling emotions and memories lace them with their evergreen shine. But what if you get to know that your precious possession is bringing in showers of pennies for you? An anonymous man went through a similar ride of astonishment in Peter Plane’s Antiques Roadshow.
The man showed up with 1971 Rolex Oyster Cosmograph in the show. The Air Force veteran wanted to have a look at the value scale to measure the worth of his old possession. Peter Plane was all set to do his part. Initiating the process, the man began to unfold the long history of his watch before the host.
He shared that he was on duty in Thailand from 1973-75. While coping with his professional chores, he caught sight of the shimmering watch on the wrist of many airline pilots. The sparkling thing won his heart. But the shine of the watch expatiated much on its value for him. Thus, he kept the thought of taking possession of one such watch out of his mind. As time passed by, he moved to another base in the country.
One day, he went to spend some time in the serene underwater world. His scuba diving lessons opened up the gates for the watch. Cherishing his dives, he got to know that the watch could also survive in the underwater scenarios.
That pumped up his flickering desire. Thus, the man ended up embracing the plan of a Rolex purchase. He placed an order for the watch in November 1974 and put down his hard-earned money. The watch cost him $345.97 with a 10% discount. It was a big purchase. The salaries used to lie in the range of $300 and $400.
Finally, the man put his hand on his Rolex in April 1975. But he could not dare to try it on. Its shiny surface robbed him of the power to resist and wear it. Thus, he ended up putting it back in its original case with all the documents of the purchase. After that, the watch remained in the box. He used to bring it out on many occasion but never wear it.
30-40 years hence from that day, the man was standing with its case before Peter. After taking a close look at the watch, Plane broke that the watch could earn more than $400,000 at auctions for him. He also brought out the fact that Paul Newman had worn a similar model in his movie Wining (1969). So that added to the value of the watch.
After listening to the nerve-racking valuation, the man collapsed down. He could not believe his ears. A grin lightened up his face. Taking his talk ahead, Paul said that it could win $500,000 to $700,000 because of its good condition. He shared, “In this condition, I don’t think there’s a better one in the world”.
Thus, the man has ended up hitting a jackpot with his old possession.