Antiques Roadshow tears up as he's told late father's Rolex worth £20K

Antiques Roadshow guest is moved to tears after it’s revealed his late father’s Rolex Submariner watch which he bought for £132 in 1972 is now worth a staggering £20,000

  • Last night’s episode saw the show broadcast from Stonor Park in Oxfordshire
  • Man and his family brought down his late father’s Submariner Rolex watch
  • Piece gifted to him months before his dad died was one of 10 year production
  • Expert Richard Price valued watch, which had original receipt, at £20,000 

An Antiques Roadshow guest was left in tears last night after an expert revealed his late father’s watch is worth a staggering £20,000. 

Appearing with his family, the man brought along the silver Submariner Rolex to be valued on the programme, which was broadcast from Stonor Park in Oxfordshire.

He explained that his father had bought the timepiece for £132 in 1972 and gifted it to him months before he passed away in October.

As well as the watch, he also had its original invoice receipt and two additional silver straps.

An Antiques Roadshow guest was left in tears last night after an expert revealed his late father’s watch is worth a staggering £20,000

‘It means absolutely everything to me, it’s part of my dad. Very, very special watch that is, and it will be forever,’ he explained as expert Richard Price inspected it.

‘It was my dad’s watch, he bought it for himself in 1972, when I was seven. Me, my dad and my brother went to Birmingham to buy it.

‘My dad passed away in October and he gave it to me a couple of months before he passed away.’

Richard explained that the Submariner model was introduced in 1967 and had its model name written in red, which is why collectors today call it the ‘Red Submariner’. 

‘Nine or 10 years later, all that writing was in white,’ he said. ‘Watch collectors, particularly Rolex collectors, are really pedantic. Within that 10 year period, this watch was made with six different types of dial. 

Expert Richard Price explained that the Submariner model was introduced in 1967 and had its model name written in red, which is why collectors today call it the ‘Red Submariner’

Appearing with his family, the man brought along the silver Submariner Rolex to be valued on the programme, broadcast from Stonor Park in Oxfordshire

‘But the important thing to see is to see that yours has feet first, the first three dials it was metres first, and we refer to those as marks one, two, three. Yours is a mark four dial.’

Describing it as a ‘lovely watch’, Richard said the straps alone were worth ‘a chunk of money’, and suspects one of them is the original due to the date inscribed.

He went on: ‘With the receipt and the straps, and I hope you guys are going to be really pleased with this, it’s going to be around the £20,000 mark.’

With the owner speechless and visibly overcome with emotion, Richard added: ‘It’s something you’ve obviously loved and you’re going to keep forever aren’t you? It was your dad’s and I think that’s a lovely, lovely story and a great inheritance.’

Describing it as a ‘lovely watch’, Richard said the straps alone were worth ‘a chunk of money’, and suspects one of them is the original due to the date inscribed

Viewers at home were moved by the emotional moment while the owner of the watch said his dad would be ‘proud’ it appeared on the BBC programme

Following the shock valuation, the man said his father ‘loved’ the Antiques Roadshow and would have been ‘very proud’ to see his watch on there. 

‘He wouldn’t have cared what it was worth really, it was his watch,’ he explained.

‘He would have liked the idea that it was worth some money but it would have meant nothing, he would have given it to me or my brother.’

Viewers at home were moved by the emotional moment; one tweeted: ‘The chap with his Dad’s Rolex got me too #antiquesroadshow.’ 

Another remarked: ‘Wow. That man only just did not cry. But £20k for a50 year old watch..pretty amazing! #antiquesroadshow.’

And one tweeted: ‘The emotion of the guy knowing how much his late father’s Rolex is worth and his son’s face seeing his dad react like that is proper #antiquesroadshow.’ 

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