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Antiques Roadshow guest 'passes out' when he's told how much watch he bought for £277 is worth now

Simon Fearn

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A man got the shock of his life when he found out how much a watch he originally bought for $345.97 (£277) in 1974 was actually worth.

The man appeared on Antiques Roadshow and explained he'd ordered the Rolex watch by mail order while he was serving in the military, having wanted one for a while.

After originally purchasing the watch because he'd heard Rolexes were great for SCUBA diving, he later decided it was too nice to wear in the salty water, opting to shut it up in a safety deposit box for 40 years instead.

And that might be one of the wisest decisions this guy ever made.

This is a very expensive watch. Credit: Antiques Roadshow/PBS
This is a very expensive watch. Credit: Antiques Roadshow/PBS

Thanks to the fact it's never been worn, the watch comes with its original box and paperwork - there's even a sticker still on the back of it with a reference number.

And it's this reference number that gets the antique expert excited, because 6263 is something of a special model and highly coveted among watch collectors.

Peter Planes from Luxe Auctioneers in Florida, told the man 'a watch like this, at auction, is worth about $400,000', which was enough to leave the vet reeling, before Planes added that because this particular watch was unworn it could fetch even more at auction - between $500,000 to $700,000 to be exact.


The long-haired Rolex owner reacts by jokingly fainting and asking: "You gotta be s******* me."

Now, while this whole thing is pretty touching, it really can't compete with the time an expert knocked back some p*** thinking it was vintage sherry on the UK version of Antiques Roadshow.

Expert Andy McConnell accidentally swigged some pee. Credit: Antiques Roadhshow/BBC
Expert Andy McConnell accidentally swigged some pee. Credit: Antiques Roadhshow/BBC

Expert Andy McConnell inadvertently drank the 180-year-old urine after extracting it from a bottle using a syringe.


The bottle was brought on the show in 2016 after being found by a man named John who found it buried in the threshold of his house - glass expert Andy dated the bottle back to the 1800s and reckoned it was probably filled with old wine or port.

However, he was later told by host Fiona Bruce: "Inside were these brass pins, all of these dating from the late 1840s and the liquid - urine, a tiny bit of alcohol and one human hair."

As the colour drained from Andy's face, she went on: "And a mysterious little creature called an ostracod, which is like a little cockle. So, what this was not a bottle of port or wine but a witches' bottle.

"So, buried in the threshold of the house as a talisman against witchcraft, against curses, against misfortune coming into the home." Lovely.

Topics: TV and Film

Simon Fearn
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