Broken watch clocks up £1,100 for Orpington Oxfam after valuation from Bargain Hunt’s Catherine Southon

PUBLISHED: 13:26 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:26 10 July 2017

Bromley auctioneer and valuer, Catherine Southon

Bromley auctioneer and valuer, Catherine Southon


The watch is thought to have arrived in a bulk donation

Frank Muller 'Crazy Hours Colour Dream' watchFrank Muller 'Crazy Hours Colour Dream' watch

The broken hands of an idle watch did not deter a collector from spending £1,100 at an auction last month.

Catherine Southon, known for her appearances on BBC’s Bargain Hunt, was called in to Orpington’s Oxfam charity shop back in April, after one volunteer with an eye for detail spotted the watch amidst the shop’s donations.

Lee Clarkson, who has since moved on from the shop, rung up the valuer and auctioneer at her Bromley office.

“When I came down I saw the watch and noticed it was a Franck Muller ‘Crazy Hours Colour Dream’ men’s watch, there’s a big market for these and I could tell by the weight that it was real.

“The hands were not working, but I gave them a valuation of between £1,000 and £2,000 at auction.”

Mrs Southon put in the watch for auction, where at the start of June, it was sold to a collector for £1,100.

The valuer remained confident that had the watch’s hands been able to tick across the brightly coloured numbering, the watch could have gone for more than £3,000.

Manager at the Orpington charity shop, Karen Sheldrick said it was the most money she’d seen from a single donation, but wasn’t sure where the donation had come from.

Mrs Sheldrick, who has been at the store for 11 years, said: “I think it has probably come from the relative of someone who has died, or someone clearing out an old house.

“Someone might have seen the watch was broken and just thought they’d give it to us, not knowing how much it was worth, when its a Rolex you would notice it’s worth something, but this looked different.

“Lee was bright eyed enough to see it might be worth something and called up the valuers, so its all her success really, and it’s all going to such a good cause.”

Mrs Southon added: “A few of the girls from the shop came along to the auction and were absolutely delighted to see it go for so much.

“I love helping out charities like this, finding these hidden gems is one of the best things about the job.”

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