Visiting Morden Park Hall in South London, Antiques Roadshow expert Ben Wright caught up with a guest and her son who are in possession of two Cartier wrist watches and a pocket watch by Patek Philippe.
The guest revealed that the luxury watches were “family pieces,” the oldest of which was the Patek Philippe pocket watch and belonged to her grandfather.
There was also a Cartier wrist watch given to her by her father, who also worked with the luxury brand for 30 years, and a Cartier Tank watch given to her son.
Analysing the watch, expert Ben made the guest aware that the design of the Tank watch was inspired by the First World War tank.
“Enamel dial, 18 carat gold case with a little sapphire cabochon,” he described to the guest and a fascinated crowd.
Speaking to her about the Cartier watch which her father picked out for her, Ben pointed out something “unusual” about the winder.
“So when you’re wearing it, you’re wearing it so that the watch is sitting on the side of your wrist….and it’s positioned in such a way that it’s easy to read when you’re driving,” he told her.
“Oh right,” the intrigued guest remarked.
Ben called it a driver’s watch and explained this was because of its visibility on the wrist when driving with hands on the steering wheel.
“I suspect that they were made in very very small numbers, these watches and they are very unusual,” he added.
Excitedly moving on to the Patek Philippe watch, the roadshow expert made the guest aware it the brand is usually of higher value than Cartier.
However, the 18 carat authentic Patek Philippe pocket watch was valued between £1500 and £2000.
Picking up the Tank watch, Ben valued the luxury piece between a staggering £6,000 to £8,000.
The guest’s jaw dropped, as she couldn’t take her eyes off the watch.
Delivering his final valuation to the driver’s watch Ben noted: “I think a large part depends on whether Cartier made very very few of them and in I suspect they did.”
He then went on to give it a whopping value between £20-30,000.
Amongst a whistling sound from a member of the crowd, the speechless guest just managed to compose her expression.
Ben jokingly asked the guest’s son who inherited his father’s Cartier watch: “Are you going to flog it? Buy a sports car?”
‘’No,” he replied nodding his head with a big grin on his face.
“Why? that’s what I’d do. C’mon, make it different for the roadshow,” Ben joked.
The Antiques roadshow returns on Sunday at 8pm on BBC one
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