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Grandad left baffled after watch he bought for £35 sells for over £30k

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A grandfather got an unexpected pay out when a watch he bought more than four decades ago for 335, sold at auction for over £30k.

Roger Cooper spent a month’s wages on the Omega Speedmaster ‘Ultraman’ in 1968, while serving in the Merchant Navy in Hong Kong.

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During an appearance on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow he was told that the rare timepiece, of which it’s believed only 50 were ever made, was worth an estimated £40,000.

He then went on to sell the watch with auction house Gardiner Houlgate for £31,000.

Speaking to local press, auctioneer David Hare said: “The Ultraman is an extremely rare version of the more common Speedmaster made famous by Neil Armstrong wearing one on the Moon. The only difference is that it has a very rare red/orange second hand and was made in limited numbers only in 1968.”

The watch earned its nickname after featuring in a Japanese TV superhero series The Return of the Ultraman in 1971.

 

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