In today’s video, we see a very special moment from an episode of the Antiques Roadshow. It currently has over 1.2 million views on YouTube.
In the video, a man named Robert possesses an heirloom passed down from his great-grandfather.
It’s a pocket watch that turns out to be more worth than he bargained for.
When Robert has it looked at by an appraiser named Paul Hartquist, he is told the watch is quite valuable.
The watch is a 1914 Patek Phillipps pocket watch handcrafted out of Geneva, Switzerland.
Robert’s great-grandfather received the watch in 1914 while owning and operating the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Dispatch in St. Paul, MN.
The watch itself is a very complicated piece for the time in which it was created.
It tells the time of the day, the date, month, and the moon phase. It also indicates leap years.
In the video, Hartquist tells Robert that it will bring a quarter of a million dollars at an auction.
“One incredible watch, I’ve never held a watch like this in my hand” says Hartquist.
Robert looks stunned and amazed to hear the value of his grandfather’s watch.
Hardquist mentions how it’s the only watch of its kind out there.
He put Robert in touch with Sotheby’s appraisers who handle rare watches.
They sold his watch in 2006 at an auction in Geneva, Switzerland for 1.54 million including a buyer’s premium.
It currently sits on display at the Phillipp Patek museum with a value of 2-3 million dollars.
The watch is an ageless piece, and its value defiantly reflects that.
Check out Robert’s reaction to the price tag of this timeless wonder watch