After A Family Dusted Off This Forgotten Treasure, They Realized They Had A Fortune On Their Hands

When was the last time you had a real clear-out of your house? Well, if you can’t remember, then you may want to start digging, as you never know what forgotten treasures could be lurking among your belongings. Just ask the relatives of one Midwestern doctor, who dusted off his possessions after he passed away. You see, the late medic had seemingly been hoarding a very valuable item – something that had the potential to bring in a life-changing fortune, in fact.

Of course, while striking gold in your own home isn’t easy, it’s not completely out of the question. Simply put, it all depends on what you’ve got stashed away. Perhaps, then, you’ll get just as lucky as a family from Edinburgh, Scotland, did in 2019. Back in 1964, one of the clan had unknowingly purchased a long-lost historic chess piece for just $6.35. And the investment paid substantial dividends; now, the object is worth an eye-watering $1.27 million.

A year earlier, an anonymous Michigan man’s doorstop made for a similarly jaw-dropping story. That’s because the unassuming stone that had been keeping one of his doors open for three decades was actually a chunk of meteorite worth up to $100,000. The 22-pound space mineral apparently plummeted to Earth in the 1930s, and it weighs in as the state’s sixth-biggest rock of its kind.

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However, neither of those finds can compare to the curious case of Cimabue’s long-lost “Christ Mocked” painting. At a 2019 auction, the Florentine artist’s masterpiece was snapped up for the incredible sum of $26.8 million, yet its owner – a woman from France – had previously had no idea of its true value. Up until that point, the 13th-century artwork had simply been hanging in her kitchen.

So, while these incredible discoveries have all been made largely by chance, they’re proof that there’s plenty of forgotten treasure out there just waiting to fall into the right hands. And if you’re so inclined, you may decide to make a business out of unearthing hidden gems – just like entrepreneur Peter Kumar.

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Kumar has been involved in the motor industry since he was 15 years old, as back then he worked part-time at his father’s store in New Delhi, India. There, his family sold vehicle parts – despite not owning a car themselves. In 2018 Kumar told blogger Nancy Ruhling, “My father had a Vespa scooter. We were little better than poor. We were not on the road, and we had a house.”

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Unfortunately, Kumar’s dad’s business struggled to turn a profit, leaving him to have to sell up. And while Kumar himself would ultimately head off to college, he dropped out of his program just two-thirds of the way through. By that point, you see, he had already set his sights on becoming a millionaire. And the first step of this plan involved flying to London, where Kumar resumed his journey in the motor industry at his uncle’s used Mercedes dealership.

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After touching down in the English capital, the then 19-year-old Kumar spent the next four months cleaning the vehicle fleet. Following that, he jetted off to Miami, Florida, to check up on another of his uncle’s dealerships. And it was there that the youngster sold his first car – despite not being able to legally drive himself.

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This business shuttered its doors in 1986, but Kumar remained undeterred. Using his newfound knowledge of the market, he began selling used cars from his apartment by day while working as a pizza delivery guy in the evenings. Then after his uncle advised him to move his enterprise to New York, Kumar headed to the east coast in 1988, ultimately securing a base of operations that still stands today.

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Kumar’s company is Gullwing Motor Cars, which he founded in 1990 after specializing in used Mercedes-Benz models. Initially, the entrepreneur started off with just 20 cars in a warehouse in Great Neck; as business boomed, however, he relocated to Astoria, Queens. And in the decades since, he’s successfully plied his trade, buying and selling antique vehicles and developing his reputation in the industry in the process.

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Today, Kumar’s firm is one of the biggest dealers of classic cars on the east coast. He’s also expanded beyond his initial Astoria warehouse and now maintains a constant inventory of around 100 vehicles. And while you’ll find models from iconic brands such as Bentley, Ferrari and Aston Martin on hand, Kumar’s most beloved is actually a 1955 Mercedes-Benz Gullwing.

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A toy version of that car, taped together and splashed with maroon paint, now sits on Kumar’s desk. “I fell in love with a 1955 Mercedes Gullwing,” he said. “It was $80,000. I didn’t have that much money, but I did have the $20 for this toy, which I found the same week. I named my business after it.” As he’s owned the tiny replica for more than three decades, however, it’s understandably looking a little worse for wear.

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But, of course, Kumar naturally has bigger issues to deal with. He maintains his inventory, for example, by journeying all over the United States, scouting out classic cars to ship back to his warehouse. If a seller contacts him from fewer than 200 miles away, he’ll drive out to them, but otherwise he’s happy to hop on a plane. The businessman also travels beyond the country’s borders to attend special events and shows in European countries such as Germany and France.

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In fact, Kumar generally finds himself flying at least weekly, and he has surveyed cars in every single U.S. state except North Dakota. Typically, he also works with shipping companies for those vehicles that he needs to transport to his New York warehouse. Sometimes, though, they don’t even get that far, as Kumar has been known to instantly sell and transport his latest acquisitions directly from the original vendors.

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And Kumar generally carries cars to suit every budget – from vehicles that are only good for parts to those that are road-ready. In 2018 he even told Classic Motorsports that he always keeps cash on hand – and for good reason. “I will buy virtually every car I am offered,” he said. “It just comes down to price.” That’s because it’s not just wealthy petrol-heads who buy, but also regular folks looking for restoration projects.

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But as with any industry, the classic car market has fluctuated over the last 30 years – and that’s led to some unexpected consequences. For instance, in 2017 Kumar told Old Cars Weekly that the more expensive Ferraris were beginning to lose value. “That has surprised me a little, but I have seen it before,” he said. “They cycle up and down, but they have been going up for seven, eight years.” And, fortunately, the lows have never been enough to drive Kumar away from his passion.

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Even today, Kumar still stumbles on previously undiscovered classic cars – often much to his own astonishment. “It seems like there should be less and less cars around, but they are still coming,” he told Old Cars Weekly. His more recent finds include a 1962 Porsche 356B Super 90 Coupe that had been owned by just one family and a 1984 Ferrari 512BBI Berlinetta Boxer with only 9,000 miles on the clock.

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Now, Kumar regularly deals in seven-figure sums, with his most expensive sale coming in at a jaw-dropping $9.95 million. This particular transaction involved a 1962 Ferrari 250 GT – one of the historic Italian manufacturer’s most well-regarded vehicles. Following its immense success on the motorsport scene in the early 1960s, the 250 GT is now considered among the greatest cars ever built.

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And over the years, Kumar has amassed a solid stable of stories to go with some of his most memorable purchases. Back in 2013, for example, he drove five hours to inspect an eyecatching black and silver Corvette. When the entrepreneur finally arrived on the scene, though, the Corvette’s then-98-year-old owner had rediscovered his own fondness for the car and opted to keep it – only choosing to finally sell up five years later.

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Another customer was attempting to shift a cheap motorcycle alongside his classic 1975 Porsche. “He kept saying he needed $35,000 for them,” Kumar told Ruhling. “But the highest offer he was getting was $25,000. Finally, I asked him how he came up with $35,000. It turned out that [the family] didn’t have health insurance, and that was how much [the man’s] father needed for cancer surgery. I bought them for $35,000.”

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In fact, Kumar loves the anecdotes behind his vehicles almost as much as the cars themselves. It’s fitting, then, that his latest discovery boasts its own incredible origin story. This particular treasure had sat forgotten for decades, and when its owners got in touch with Kumar, the businessman realized that the item was worth an absolute fortune.

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Yes, while it may look like a worn-down old sports car, the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster that Kumar found is actually an incredibly rare collectible. What’s more, despite being six decades old, the vehicle has fewer than 15,000 miles on the odometer, as it’s effectively been gathering dust in an Indiana garage for the past 40 years. That low mileage coupled with a traceable ownership makes the 300 SL unbelievably valuable to collectors.

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The striking car hails from an era that saw Mercedes-Benz begin to export its vehicles to the United States, with the 300 SL’s Gullwing variant proving particularly in demand during the postwar period. The 1950s would also see the carmaker become a dominant power in motorsport, with its drivers winning prestigious competitions such as Le Mans.

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In fact, the 300 SL – which stands for “Super Light” – actually made its debut as a race car in 1952. Then, two years later, at the suggestion of U.S. importer Maximilian Hoffman, Mercedes-Benz produced its first road-going version of the vehicle. The model’s iconic gullwing doors cemented its reputation stateside, with trade journalists naming it the “Sports Car of the Century” in 1999.

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This success gave Mercedes-Benz a solid foothold from which to launch the Roadster in 1957. The new 300 SL variant was the manufacturer’s response to the enormous popularity of open-top two-seaters, and accordingly it lacked its predecessor’s gullwing doors. Ultimately, though, Mercedes-Benz created just 1,458 Roadsters in total from 1957 to 1963, with a solitary 249 produced in 1960.

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That makes the example Kumar purchased incredibly rare and highly sought after. But as it happens, the car’s condition also adds to its value. The 300 SL Roadster in question still has its data card, you see, and this records the car’s original state upon leaving the factory. Through the card, moreover, Kumar – and by extension, any future owners – can trace the Roadster’s full history.

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This particular vehicle also comes complete with its jack and both its factory soft top and hardtop. More importantly still, it’s totally “number matching” – a phrase used among car collectors that refers to a vehicle having its original parts. Indeed, the Roadster hasn’t been restored in any way, and – aside from a couple of cosmetic alterations – is therefore exactly as it left the factory.

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Initially, the car came in a blue-gray color and boasted a leather interior to match. At some point over the decades, however, it was unfortunately repainted to the far more common silver, while its inside was dyed black. Restoring the Roadster to how it originally looked, then, could make it even more valuable.

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This specific example was purchased as new by its most recent owner in around 1976, with the unnamed Midwesterner reportedly falling in love with the Roadster after driving his brother’s model. Yet even though the anonymous buyer was compelled to subsequently track down an unsold car in Chicago, he rarely drove his new acquisition. Then, in 1980, he parked it in his garage for good with just 14,558 miles on the clock.

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But the 300 SL Roadster wasn’t the only classic car in the man’s garage. No, the German-born doctor was also the proud owner of a 1960s Ferrari 330 GT and multiple antique Porsches. Still, the Mercedes was undoubtedly the most spectacular part of the extensive collection, which was discovered in its entirety following the medic’s passing.

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And while the car now looks a little worse for wear – both inside and out – after having been tucked away for so long, this hasn’t decreased the value. It helps, too, that the market for 300 SL Roadsters has been booming for years, with most bringing in seven-figure sums at auction. That was the price range Kumar aimed for when selling the historic item through Gullwing Motor Cars.

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Yes, on his website, Kumar listed the vintage vehicle for the vast sum of $1,095,000. But while any potential buyer would need deep pockets, there’s no denying that the car was competitively priced. As recently as 2017, auction house RM Sotheby’s in Los Angeles sold another 1960 300 SL Roadster for $1.1 million.

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Generally, “survivor” cars such as this particular Roadster, which comes with all its original parts, are even more sought after than restored vehicles, as they can entice Mercedes-Benz fans looking for their own restoration projects. It therefore probably won’t be a big shock to learn that Kumar managed to secure the full asking price for the Roadster in May 2020.

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Nonetheless, while the new owner may have parted with a hefty chunk of change for the car, they’ll need to dig a little deeper to bring their purchase back to its best. One likely modification could be restoring the Roadster’s original color scheme, as painting the exterior in a suitable blue-gray hue and dyeing the interior to match would go some way to recreating the vehicle’s distinctive visual identity.

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And while Kumar’s listing didn’t dwell on the condition of the engine, it’s likely that this will need to be rebuilt. The distinctive sand-cast aluminum intake manifold may even have made restoring the Roadster an appealing prospect to the buyer – although naturally that’ll take far more than the asking price to realize.

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For those with the resources to do so, though, taking the plunge on the Roadster probably wasn’t a difficult decision. Like many classic cars, you see, the 300 SL Roadster has been described as “recession-proof.” In April 2020 a spokesperson for Kumar’s company went so far as to tell the Daily Mail, “We are a safer bet than the stock market.”

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But, unbelievably, Kumar found what’s arguably an even rarer car after selling the Mercedes. Yes, his luck seemingly hasn’t run out just yet, as his company has since acquired and sold a 1952 Aston Martin DB2 Drophead Coupe. This vehicle is one of about 75 to have its steering wheel on the left-hand side; it’s also among just 98 models of its kind ever produced.

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Admittedly, the convertible sports car, which can seat four people, isn’t in the greatest condition. The interior and exterior have both seen better days, for one, and there’s no original engine inside, either. Nonetheless, Gullwing Motor Cars advertised the DB2 as being in “restorable condition,” clueing any potential purchasers in to the extensive work that would need carrying out.

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And while the listing didn’t include a price, a similar DB2 sold in 2017 for just under $350,000. It’s not quite as hefty a price tag as that given to the 300 SL Roadster, then, even if the Aston Martin is technically rarer. Why is this the case? Well, according to car website The Drive, any prospective purchaser of Kumar’s DB2 would need to spend a considerable amount on bringing it up to scratch.

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But for Kumar, both the DB2 and 300 SL are simply another pair of incredible finds for his business, which now spans over three decades. And as he told Old Cars Weekly, he has no plans to stop any time soon. “[I plan to continue] as long as I can go – as long as I have energy and good health,” he said. “You’ve got to love what you do, otherwise it gets boring. I’m into old cars. It’s a passion.”

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So, while you may not have a classic car hidden away in your garage, you could still have something valuable in your home. That precious item may even be on your wrist right now. That’s right: old watches can bring in a whole heap of cash, as one man discovered to his amazement while being filmed for a popular TV show.

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When Air Force veteran David appeared on the traveling TV series Antiques Roadshow brandishing his old watch, it’s highly unlikely that he realized the heirloom would be worth such a staggering sum. In fact, when he found out its true value, he appeared to drop to the ground in a dead faint. But just how much was David’s Rolex worth – and how had he been unaware of its incredible story for almost 50 years?

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However, David had not enjoyed the kind of life that allowed him to indulge his love of Rolexes in the lap of luxury – far from it. He was drafted during the Vietnam War. At the time, all young men aged 18 to 25 were assigned a number for each draft lottery. And when a number was pulled, anyone with that digit or less – and who was eligible to be part of the military – was called up to serve.

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When David’s number was pulled, then, he was told he’d have to join a branch of the military. Otherwise, he’d be enlisted automatically by the following January. And so the veteran consequently decided to join the U.S. Air Force, where he began serving in munitions. More specifically, he was dealing with explosive ordnance disposal.

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For David, this primarily involved clearing roadways of landmines as well as cleaning up impaired munitions storage facilities. “There were multiple children and adults that were injured as a result of unexploded ordnance,” the veteran said during an episode of Antiques Roadshow in January 2020. “The hazard is still there today.”

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From 1973 David spent two years stationed in Thailand. And during that stint, he flew on a number of continental airlines. It was on these flights that he first developed a fondness for Rolex. You see, he noticed that pilots would frequently wear the brand’s watches – and subsequently found himself intrigued by the timepieces.

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David decided he wanted to buy a Rolex watch for himself but quickly discovered they were beyond his budget. For a while, then, he put the idea on the back burner. But eventually, he was transferred to another base, where he spent time scuba diving. And with Rolex’s reputation as a great choice for scuba divers, it’s likely no surprise that the activity brought the watch brand back to the forefront of his mind.

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In the end, David managed to find a Rolex for what he considered to be a reasonable price: $345.97, with a ten percent discount. Nevertheless, it was still quite an extravagance – supposedly amounting to around a month’s military salary in the 1970s. The veteran ordered the watch through the on-base department store in November 1974, but he would have to wait for months. You see, the pricey purchase didn’t arrive until April the following year.

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And the particular variant that David had settled for was a Rolex Oyster Cosmograph. Yet according to the veteran’s account, he never actually used the timepiece. No, when it arrived, he decided that it was perhaps too nice to wear whilst scuba diving. So, he simply placed it into a safety deposit box – where it remained for another three to four decades.

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The watch supposedly only left its secure housing on two or three occasions during all that time, in fact. And when it did, it was only for David to admire it proudly before it was carefully placed back into storage. As a result, the timepiece was in fantastic condition – particularly given its age. What’s more, David also kept all the original documentation he’d received when buying it.

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It’s therefore quite understandable that David was so interested in getting a valuation for the Rolex. And to do so, he decided to speak to the experts of Antiques Roadshow. The hit series has gained quite a reputation for accurately appraising people’s antiques, after all, and it’s been running for more than two decades in the United States.

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However, while the U.S. version of the show has undoubtedly been successful, the series actually has its roots in Britain. The original Antiques Roadshow began life as a BBC documentary, you see, which followed members of an auctioneering institution from London, as they traveled around England’s West Country. The first episode was filmed on May 17, 1977, and was met with such success that the format has effectively never changed.

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The U.K. version of Antiques Roadshow now spans more than 40 individual series, too. And it’s remained with the BBC for its entire history and has even spawned spin-off shows. The children’s special Antiques Roadshow: The Next Generation, for instance, was broadcast every Christmas from 1991 to 2006. Meanwhile, a short-lived offshoot dubbed 20th Century Roadshow aired briefly in 2005.

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But it’s not just the original British show that’s proved popular enough for spin-offs over the years. Indeed, a half-hour American show titled Antiques Roadshow FYI aired for a short time in 2005. And the program – which offered a more in-depth look at collecting and antiques in general – also followed up on items that had previously featured in the main series.

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But arguably what makes Antiques Roadshow so successful are the veritable gems that have been unearthed while the cameras were rolling. Over the decades, the franchise has featured some seriously valuable items on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2008, for instance, an original sketch of Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North sculpture – now a fixture of northern England – appeared on the U.K. show. And the appraisers estimated it to be worth around a whopping $1.29 million.

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In the U.S., meanwhile, Antiques Roadshow’s appraisers valued a 1904 work by Mexican painter Diego Rivera – spouse of acclaimed artist Frida Kahlo – at between $800,000 and $1 million in 2012. And six years later, in light of auctions for Rivera’s other paintings, a second appraisal of the artwork placed the value even higher: at anywhere from $1.2 million to a dizzying $2.2 million.

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That’s not all, though. In 2011 a series of centuries-old Chinese cups – which had been hand-carved using rhino horns – were priced at between $1 million and $1.5 million. And multiple paintings have been appraised at around half a million dollars each, including works by American artists Andrew Wyeth and Norman Rockwell.

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However, it’s not only rare antiques that the show spotlights. The U.S. version – broadcast by PBS – is taped at numerous locations across the country, with smaller, lesser-known cities often acting as the backdrop for the beloved franchise. These places – generally disclosed ahead of time – include settlements such as Rapid City in South Dakota, Biloxi in Mississippi and Chattanooga in Tennessee.

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And for one episode in January 2020, the cast and crew of Antiques Roadshow traveled to yet another little-known treasure: Bonanzaville, a museum complex located in the city of West Fargo in North Dakota. The area is comprised of 40 different historical and modern buildings. It was here that David seized on the opportunity to get his Rolex examined.

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The appraisal of David’s Rolex has since been uploaded to Antiques Roadshow’s YouTube channel, where it’s racked up more than 7.5 million views. In the clip, appraiser Peter Planes quizzes David on his backstory and how he came to acquire the watch. He then asks the veteran about what’s happened to the timepiece in the years since to help him reach his verdict.

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With all that information in mind, Planes subsequently draws on his knowledge of rare watches to offer an assessment. He begins by looking over all the paperwork that David diligently kept with the watch, including the brochure, receipts and even the original warranty paper. Because this latter sheet is blank – and can therefore add value to any watch – Planes estimates that it alone is worth around $2,000.

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The appraiser then focuses on the watch itself, highlighting all the relevant details that will help him ascertain its price. First, he points out that the watch isn’t just a regular Rolex Cosmograph. It’s an Oyster variant, in fact, which refers to the “screw-down buttons” on the side of the watch’s body.

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According to Planes, this particular Rolex was produced in two styles – both with and without screw-down buttons. It’s the latter feature that makes the watch so popular, though, because these buttons allow it to be submerged in water. And back when the timepiece was first released, this novelty was a great incentive for buyers from all over the globe.

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Planes also addresses the condition of the watch, noting that it’s been very well looked after over the years. Indeed, the foil sticker on the watch’s back is still present, showing a reference number of 6263. “Had it been worn, that’s the first thing that would wear off the watch,” the appraiser explains. He then points to the date mark, which shows that the watch was produced in 1971.

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Planes then explains that collectors adore this particular model – which is also known as a Daytona Rolex – thanks, in part, to Paul Newman. You see, the actor wore the watch in the 1969 movie Winning, which apparently first inspired his love of motorsports. He subsequently became a competitive race car driver, and the timepiece was an iconic part of his image.

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The Washington Post reporter Travis Andrews explained the watch’s popularity in 2017. “The mechanical watch radiated coolness, much like its owner,” he wrote. “It was a constant companion to Newman’s left wrist in magazine shoots, paparazzi photos and while he was speeding around in his race cars.” Incredibly, Newman’s actual watch sold for a record $17.8 million at auction in 2017.

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As the clip continues, Planes tells David that models of the watch Newman wore usually fetch around $150,000 to $200,000 at auction. And to his credit, the veteran remains surprisingly calm – despite being quoted such an enormous sum of money. But what the appraiser says next prompts an entirely different reaction from David.

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Yes, Planes explains that David’s watch is even more special than the model Newman wore, because it’s an Oyster variant. “They did that for an extremely short period of time,” the appraiser says. “We refer to that as a mark two dial. And this particular model, being marked Oyster, is extremely rare. A watch like this at auction is worth about $400,000.”

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At that moment, upon hearing this even larger figure, David seems to collapse to the floor in shock, waving his legs in the air for effect. Planes then rushes across the table to check that the veteran is okay, while voices off-camera can be heard laughing at his dramatic reaction.

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Thankfully, David is absolutely fine. And the spritely fellow quickly hops back up again, laughing in disbelief at the news he’s just been given. But Planes then tells him, “Don’t fall. I’m not done yet.” Yes, it turns out that the appraiser chose his words carefully when he said a watch “like” David’s sells for $400,000.

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That’s because, largely thanks to the condition David’s watch is in, it isn’t actually worth that eye-watering amount – far from it. “It’s a new old stock watch, [with] no wear on it, the original foil sticker on the back of it, and… we have this complete documentation,” Planes says. “[It’s] maybe one of the very few in the whole world that was still never worn.” So, with all of this information in mind, the appraiser then reveals that David’s watch would likely fetch an eye-watering $500,000 to $700,000 at auction.

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This time, David manages to stay on his feet. It’s clear, though, that he’s totally blown away by the figure Planes has just uttered. He shakes his head in continued disbelief and makes a remark that has to be bleeped out by the show’s producers, too. Nevertheless, Planes responds that he’s very serious about his appraisal.

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“It’s an absolutely fabulous find,” Planes confirms. “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 Antiques Roadshow – and thank you very much for your service.”

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The appraiser then warns David that he can’t wear his magnificent antique. For if he does, the value will drop to around $400,000. However, it’s not known what the veteran’s plans are for his staggeringly valuable collectible. “He’s saved it all these years,” Planes told The Washington Post in January 2020. “He may be saving it more.”

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According to Planes, David’s reaction stands out as particularly memorable. That’s perhaps not too surprising, though, given that his Rolex is the most valuable ever to appear on the show. But it’s not the most valuable watch ever featured. No, that honor apparently belongs to another timepiece, which is now said to be worth $2 million to $3 million.

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Perhaps unsurprisingly, people across the world have loved David’s incredible story. The Antiques Roadshow clip has garnered millions of views and thousands of comments, too, since it was uploaded to YouTube. And much of the online reaction to the astonishing appraisal has been roundly positive. For instance, one YouTube user wrote, “Somebody’s retirement just became a lot more comfortable. Congrats to this gentleman.”

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Another, meanwhile, was similarly effusive in his praise for David and the show. “The man spent his time in service defusing mines and unexploded ordnance,” they wrote. “I could not think of a more deserving person to have this sort of discovery. Hats off! Happy for you and everyone you have had a positive effect on.”

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But not all of the online reactions have been so glowing. In fact, some users have even criticized Planes’ appraisal of the watch. “The watch has obviously been worn,” wrote one. “There are many scuffs on the band and a light scratch on the front. How is it being called never-worn, new old stock?” And it didn’t take long for other users to jump in and voice their agreement.

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Another person wrote, “The sticker and clasp shows at least a year of frequent wear, so you can’t call it new old stock/no wear like this appraiser does. Those stickers don’t get like that from sitting in a lock box.” Meanwhile, another user agreed that the segment was “total amateur hour by the ‘appraiser.’”

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Nevertheless, an expert named Paul Botros backed up Planes’ valuation to Forbes in February 2020. “The watch appears exceptionally well-preserved and complete, and I’m in agreement with the appraisal,” he said. “It’s a watch that Phillips would be thrilled to offer at auction.” Indeed, a similar watch apparently sold for $425,000 at auction in December 2019.

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So, when worn watches can fetch north of $400,000, it’s no wonder that David reacted the way he did to Planes’ appraisal. After all, he parted with a mere $345.97 for the watch all those years ago. As investments go, then, it’s performed pretty spectacularly. And, of course, it’s become a real moment to remember for Antiques Roadshow fans.

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