This Watch Owner Literally Hit the Floor When He Found Out the Real Worth of His Rolex

Antiques Roadshow / PBS
Antiques Roadshow / PBS

It’s a moment any watch owner would dream of having: You’re on Antiques Roadshow with a Rolex Oyster Cosmograph watch you bought in 1974 for $345.97, waiting for the appraiser to let you know how much it’s worth. You’re hoping for a little bit of extra value; wouldn’t it be nice to see that it’s now worth 20 times as much? Maybe even 50 times? How about over 1,000 times as much?

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That’s what one former Air Force member found himself dealing with when Antiques Roadshow appraiser Peter Planes told him how much his old watch was worth during a stop on the show’s tour in Bonanzaville, which is located in West Fargo, N.D, according to The Washington Post.

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Planes says that the watch resembles the now-iconic one that Paul Newman wore, and that those watches are “going for $150,000 to $200,000. Your watch is more special: It says Oyster on it. They did that for an extremely short period of time… This particular model marked Oyster is extremely rare. A watch like this at auction is worth about $400,000 dollars.”

When Planes said the words $400,000 dollars, all the man could do was fall to the floor. Watch the video here:

That wasn’t the end of it either: It turns out that his watch could fetch even more than what it’s worth at auction—so long as he doesn’t wear it.

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A word to the wise out there: When you buy your next watch or Rolex timepiece, make sure you keep in good shape, you never know how much it’ll be worth someday.

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