A routine house call for Charterhouse valuer Richard Bromell in Somerset ended up with the lady client digging out a vintage wristwatch form her knickers drawer worth several thousand pounds!
“I am always out and about visiting clients through the West Country and further afield, but usually my visits do not end up in a client’s bedroom looking through her knickers drawer. I guess she thought it would be a safe place to keep a couple of watches and some jewellery!” Commented Richard Bromell. “Despite the watch being somewhat dirty and in what we love to call a market fresh condition, this vintage Rolex Prince is estimated to sell for £2,000-3,000!”
The watch was owned by the vendor’s late partner, who had inherited it from his Grandfather who was involved in the steel industry in the North. Dating to circa 1930, it came out in the height of the Art Deco period. With its flared silver case and stylish Arabic numerals, the Rolex Prince wristwatch was a revolutionary timepiece which became the most accurate of its day.
Today, with the market hot for vintage wristwatches, especially for innovative pioneering premium brands such as Rolex, Charterhouse has already seen huge interest in this watch. Despite missing the winding button, being discoloured, missing a hand and overall being very dirty, this gentleman’s Rolex wristwatch is still estimated at £2,000-3,000 when it goes under the hammer on Friday 7th June.
Charterhouse is now accepting further entries for their forthcoming programme of auctions including collector’s items, coins, medals, clocks and watches in June through to classic cars in July. For further information regarding these auctions, or to arrange a free home visit throughout the West Country, please contact Richard Bromell, Partner at Charterhouse, The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne, Dorset 01935 812277 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rolex Prince wristwatch which lay hidden in a lady’s knickers drawer for some time being sold by Charterhouse in Sherborne in their 7th June auction £2,000-3,000
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