BBC Antiques Roadshow watch bought for £70 could fetch £45,000 at auction
Peter Barnett, 57, inherited the Rolex timepiece from his father Simon Barnett just before he died in 2019.
A Rolex watch bought for £70 and which featured on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow could fetch more than £45,000 at auction.
Peter Barnett, 57, inherited the timepiece from his father Simon Barnett just before he died in 2019, aged 80.
The historic 1963 Rolex Submariner watch was bought by Simon, a Royal Navy search and rescue diver, while deployed in Singapore in 1964.
It remained on his wrist throughout his 23-year career, helping him keep track of time while he was involved in several dangerous rescue missions.
Peter has decided to sell the watch after experts on BBC's Antiques Roadshow last year valued it at between £50,000 and £60,000.
Peter, from Diss, Norfolk, said: "The watch is very precious to our family and it's not a fashion piece – it was involved in a number of important rescue missions.
"It's been a hard decision, but I feel selling it now is the right thing to do."
While bittersweet, the appearance on the BBC show helped Peter piece together more of his father's career in the navy.
After the show a number of former servicemen also got in touch to share their adventures with him.
The watch can be seen in countless photographs taken of Simon during his time in the Royal Navy, capturing its place in naval history.
The sale at TW Gaze auction rooms on Friday is accompanied by several newspaper cuttings, letters and images - with the lot carrying an estimate of between £30,000 and £45,000.
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