A Canadian woman did not have a clue how her life would soon change forever. After accidentally dropping her phone between the cushions of her thrift-store bought couch, she went in to grab it and was then in total shock and surprise. Even after she made the amazing discovery, she tried to do the moral thing. But it seemed as though luck and success were most definitely in her favor.
A Timeless Story
The CEO and founder of Bob’s Watches, Paul Altieri wrote a story in September 2019, explaining one of the most remarkable stories of his career. As a watch collector, he often gets requests from people who stumble upon timepieces.
He continues to describe how on one very quiet morning in his store, he received a phone call from a Canadian woman (who preferred not to be named). The woman went on to tell Paul that she had mysteriously found a watch, and was interested in possibly selling it.
Paul was a little astounded by what the woman was telling him and obviously wanted to know how exactly she had “found” this watch. He tried to get as many details as he could over the phone.
The woman goes on to tell her story, that while she was sitting on the couch that she had purchased from a thrift store, she accidentally dropped her phone in between two of the cushions. Paul was on edge, waiting to hear what happened next.
As the woman reached down the couch to try and retrieve her phone, instead she managed to reclaim a watch and not her phone. She obviously inspected it to see what she had actually found. You will never believe what it was.
It’s Indeed A Rolex
After looking at closely, she realized she had indeed just discovered a Rolex watch. She then turned to her 92-year old father and asked if it perhaps belonged to him. Her father responded, “of course that’s not mine, I can’t afford a Rolex”.
Full Of Emotions
But little did she or her father know that in actual fact, truthfully not many people could really afford to purchase a watch like this. And course, Paul Altieri was so excited to be able to share with them how their fortune was going to change.
Due to her financial circumstances, the woman was not able to fly to California from Canada and did not want to take a risk by mailing it to Bob’s Watches headquarters for an evaluation. So one of their Rolex experts took an impromptu trip to Canada to meet their new clients. Naturally, the woman and her father eagerly waited.
Taking A Closer Look
The expert Rolex assessor arrived at the house of the woman and her father, where he straight away go to work by closely examining the watch. He was amazed at the type of watch and its excellent condition, especially for having been lying in an old couch.
Wow! The assessor was stunned, the woman sitting in front of him had actually discovered a vintage Rolex Daytona 6241 “Paul Newman.” And in the world of vintage watches, Rolex Dayton is top quality. Can you believe this?
The woman was that she had truly come across a gem. And that, Paul Newman’s very own Daytona broke the record for the most expensive watch ever sold at auction in 2017. But that was not all.
Additionally, the Paul Newman version of vintage Daytonas can be uniquely identified by a certain dial style and besides that they plain and simply outstanding. Daytona Paul Newman watches were popular articles in the vintage market, built by Rolex in the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s and were then made prominent by the film star.
Having Second Thoughts
The woman was in awe of what she had just heard, and her father too was just as flabbergasted. But then she started having second thoughts about this all. In actual fact, this watch did not truly belong to her. What she decided to do next will shock you.
Doing What Is Right
After much consideration, she was slightly skeptical about keeping this beautiful Rolex watch. So she discussed with her father about how she felt the right thing to was to call the thrift store where she had bought the couch to try and return the Rolex watch.
The next morning the woman tried to contact the thrift store she had bought the couch from, nearly 4 years ago before the Rolex discovery. She spoke to the store owner and asked whether anyone had called in searching for a missing watch. Or if they knew who the couch had previously belonged to.
Cash Is King
As the sale of the couch was so many years ago, the thrift store owner did not have any documents about the couch or its previous owners. As the woman realized she was not going to be able to get in touch with the past owners, she decided to keep the watch. But the big question still remained…what was the watch worth?
Of course, the woman knew that the Rolex she had found must have a lot of value. How much was it worth she wasn’t sure yet. As she had become so impatient waiting for the final revelation of the watch she chose to get in touch with Paul Alteri again.
And finally, she was so relieved when he gave her the amazing news of how much the watch was actually worth. The watch was certainly a genuine vintage Rolex Daytona 6241 Paul Newman, and it was worth a tremendous $250,000.
What Amazing News
When the woman her this massive figure, she could not believe it. Perhaps she may have heard wrong. But no, Paul Altieri clearly repeated it for her. Yes, it was indeed a quarter of a million dollars. Can you believe that?
Home Is Where The Heart Is
As the woman’s thrift-store bought couch was only a mere $25 dollars, this was most certainly a life-changing amount of money she was soon going to collect. When she was later asked what she planned on doing with her new-found fortune, the woman responded by saying, “I will buy a house and get a boob-job”.