Antiques Roadshow is a hit favourite on the BBC in the UK but an American edition airs on the Public Broadcasting Service Network and it was on a recent instalment of the US show which saw one guest give quite a stark reaction to a high valuation. The air force veteran joined an auctioneer to discover how much his Rolex watch was worth, but wasn’t expecting just how much it would go for, leading to him falling to the ground.
The guest brought along the 1971 relic which he purchased for $345.99 (£265) whilst serving in the forces in 1974.
He explained to the expert how he’d brought the Rolex to go scuba diving, but after recognising how established the brand was, he kept the watch in a safety deposit box.
Not only did he have the antique in question but the air force veteran also had the full documentation and original packaging for the product.
With the entire display on hand, the auctioneer was able to confirm the guest would have heavy pockets if he put it up for auction, causing the Rolex owner to collapse in shock.
Explaining why this particular Rolex was so rare, the expert explained: “Your watch is more special. I says Oyster on it.
“They did that for an extremely short period of time. We refer to that as a mark two dial,” he added.
The auctioneer couldn’t express more how “extremely rare” the antique was and original told the guest he would get around $400,000 (£3,000) for his relic.
Before hearing what else the expert had to say, the guest dramatically fell to the ground, causing some concern.
“No wear on it – The original foil sticker on the back of it and the fact we have all this complete documentation here also, maybe one of the very few in the world that was never worn,” he added.
Giving his final valuation, the expert concluded the cost for the Rolex at auction could possibly fetch up to $500,000 (£385,000).
The auctioneer explained at most, the air veteran could walk away with $700,000 (£530,000) if someone were to make a top bid for the product.
After collapsing after the initial sum, the air veteran uttered a few expletives to express his shock second time around.
“No, I’m very serious,” the auctioneer responded, before telling the guest: “It’s an absolutely fabulous find.
“It’s one of the rarest Paul Newman models and in this condition, I don’t think there’s a better one in the world.
“I can’t thank you enough for bringing me one of the greatest watches to ever [be seen] on the Antiques Roadshow,” he concluded.
The guest simply replied: “Unbelievable,” before the expert told him he couldn’t wear the product as it would decrease the value.