According to Robb Report, a woman found a Rolex worth 1.75 million yuan under the cushion on her sofa, but her sofa was bought from a flea market for 175 yuan.
American watch dealer Bob’s Watches received a call from a woman in Canada inquiring about a watch she wanted to sell.
The woman bought an old sofa from a thrift store for $25, or about 175 yuan. A few days ago, she accidentally dropped her mobile phone between the sofa cushions, so she put her hand in to search for it, and unexpectedly found a watch. Upon closer inspection, she discovered it was a Rolex. So he turned to his 92-year-old father and asked if he had left it behind. He replied: “Of course, it’s not mine. You know I can’t afford a Rolex.”
The woman called the junk dealer to ask if anyone had lost the watch or knew who the previous owner of the sofa was, but she wisely did not reveal the watch brand to the person handling the call.
Because the old sofa was purchased and sold several years ago, the thrift store needed a record of its previous owner and contact information. So, realizing the watch was unlikely to be recycled, the woman researched the Rolex.
Through a simple search, she discovered that it was an antique Rolex Daytona and a rare Paul Newman.
In the mid-1960s, the Rolex Daytona released a variant of the dial called “exotic dials.” The most apparent difference between this kind of dial and ordinary dials is that there are small squares at the end of the small chronograph dial scale.
Today, the Rolex Daytona is a hot-selling model; many swiss models can even be purchased at above-priced prices. However, it was once a slow-selling item and second-hand watch dealers were unwilling to recycle it. This kind of unique “exotic dial” Daytona was not welcomed by the market when it was launched in the 1960s and was a slow-selling item. Consumers then preferred the ordinary version of Daytona found before, with a more straightforward and cleaner dial. Because the market demand is small, the number of unique “exotic dials” Daytonas produced by Rolex is relatively tiny.
The famous foreign Rolex Forum RPR estimates that this generation of Rolex Daytonas produces 44,000 pieces, and the number of Daytonas using “exotic dials” is between 1,200 and 1,800 pieces. At the same time, Rolex updated the design and configuration of simple dials in the early 1970s. Many people even went to Rolex after-sales service to replace the “exotic dials” with new dials. They are leading to a further reduction in the number of “exotic dials” Daytonas. Fake rolex watches.
The “exotic dials” Daytona, worthless back then, has become a hot commodity today and is worth a lot of money.
Finally, the Canadian girl contacted Bob’s Watches and wanted to sell a Rolex Daytona. However, she did not want to risk mailing it to California for safety reasons. At the same time, she didn’t have any extra money to buy a ticket and fly there directly. Therefore, the antique Rolex experts from Bob’s Watches flew to Canada to inspect the goods. They finally determined it was a genuine piece worth US$250,000, approximately 1.75 million yuan.
Band Width: 20mm
Band Color: Black
Band Length: 17cm
Engine: Rolex Calibre 7750/Mingzhu Engine