Guy Finds $35K Watch at Goodwill Store

Rare 1959 diving watch had $5.99 price tag
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 18, 2015 12:28 AM CST
Updated Feb 18, 2015 2:00 AM CST
Guy Finds $35K Watch at Goodwill Store
Hodinkee calls the 1959 diving watch one of the hottest watches on the planet.   (Peter Chong)

A Phoenix man who went into a Goodwill store looking for a used push-pull golf cart ended up leaving with a $35,000 watch—and getting change from $6 (it cost $5.99). Zach Norris, who became interested in vintage watches after inheriting one a few years ago, says he found the 1959 Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Alarm watch in a basket full of cheap watches with dead batteries, reports Hodinkee, which calls it one of the greatest vintage watch finds of recent years. Only around 900 such watches, one of the first to feature an alarm for divers, were made. Norris delivered the timepiece to San Francisco in person when he found a collector willing to buy.

"I knew I didn't want to keep it because it's kind of above my means to have a piece like that," Norris tells KTVK, offering advice for others seeking treasure in thrift stores: "You can do it. Research everything. Just take your phone in there and if you see something that looks goofy, you haven't seen it before, Google it. You never know." He plans to use some of the cash to pay for his wedding later this year and has also donated some of it back to Goodwill. (Somebody donated a human skull to a Goodwill in Texas last year.)

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