Antiques fair visitors don’t believe that damaged Rolex watches have great resale value

An Antiques Roadshow visitor was shocked to reveal his damaged Rolex watch, which he bought in the 1980s, was worth tens of thousands of pounds.

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Antiques show: £18-20k Rolex watches

An Antiques Roadshow guest was left stunned when his damaged Rolex was worth tens of thousands of pounds.

The guest appeared on a recent episode of the BBC One show, where he bought his scratched watch to be appreciated. He bought the watch in January 1982 after his brother suggested that he should buy one.

When asked by expert Richard Price why he decided to buy this luxury, he said: “I know that Rolexes made the best watches and that my brother-in-law, who is now deceased, has a the Submariner. He said if you’re going to buy one buy the Sea-Dweller. “

The guest bought the watch to appreciate it



“This particular one was described on your original invoice, so you bought it new, January 82. And this is the iconic 1665. You mentioned the Submariner and it originally had red Sea-Dweller and Submariner on the dial,” he explains.

“This is the last in a series of what collectors call the big white for obvious reasons, because it has white writing, not red. Things to watch out for in big white. , it still has a very small helium escape valve. It’s tiny compared to the later model.”

He added: “Do you understand why they need that? Absolutely right because tiny particles of helium will get in in the case when they’re low down in the chamber or whatever.

The watch is badly damaged



Regardless of the conditions, Richard gave it a great value



“Then, as they ascend, the gas will literally try to push the glass out of the watch so the valve lets the helium out as they decompose. Have you ever cleaned and overhauled it or what condition it was in? there’s still quite a lot in the beginning?”

The guest later confessed the watch had been “in a drawer for 30 years”, as the expert noticed it was very scratched. The guest explains how it got here, after he was severely injured in a cycling accident.

He added: “I was cycling with my daughter and went downhill too fast, tripping and gravel. I ended up being hospitalized for a week with a punctured lung. She survived and so did I.”

The customer was stunned with the pricing



Then expert Richard gave his verdict on the cost, as the guest revealed he paid £369 for it back then,

He revealed: “This is what we call a full set pretty much, your bill of sale, I notice you get a discount, £34 cash discount which is a useful sum because of the price. listing £403 is quite a lot of money, isn’t it? would make a lot of sense.”

The completely surprised guest added: “It was amazing, I was completely stunned.”

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