- A veteran was told on Antiques Roadshow that the Rolex he bought for less than $400 in the 1970s and never wore is actually worth up to $700,000
- The man had brought the timepiece to the episode being filmed in Bonanzaville in West Fargo, North Dakota, to get it valued by the team
- ‘You gotta be sh*****g me’, he said after collapsing to the ground and flailing his arms and legs in the air
- The watch is similar to the one worn by Paul Newman in the film Winning making it a particular favorite among collectors
A United States Air Force veteran collapsed live on television during an episode of Antiques Show when he realized a Rolex watch he never wore left him $700,000 richer.
On Monday evening’s episode, the unnamed veteran is given the news that the Rolex he bought for less than $400 in the 1970s has left him with the windfall.
The dramatic footage, filmed in Bonanzaville in West Fargo, North Dakota, shows the man diving to the floor and flailing his arms as he’s told the news.
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The appraiser told the veteran that the watch could fetch between $500,000 and $700,000 at auction.
As he heard the news, the veteran collapsed to the ground, waving his arms and legs in the air.
“You gotta be shittin’ me!”Air Force Veteran/Rolex Owner
And the shock news wasn’t over yet.
‘In this condition, I don’t think there’s a better one in the world,’ the appraiser told the delighted owner of the watch.
‘I can’t thank you enough for bringing me one of the greatest watches to ever see on ‘Antiques Roadshow’ and thank you very much for your service.’
He was quick to add: ‘You can’t wear it, though.’
The man had brought the timepiece to the show to get it valued by the team.
He said he bought the Rolex when he was a member of the Air Force and was stationed in Thailand in the 70s.