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Internal movement still works perfectly.<br />
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A watch so battered you can barely tell the time sold for an astonishing £167,000 yesterday.<br />
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Bought new in 1956 for around £100 by a businessman who has now retired, the rather tired looking timepeice shocked auctioneers by selling for over eight times its estimate.<br />
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Despite its battered appearance the incredibly rare Rolex Submariner 'Big Crown', internal movement is still in perfect working order.<br />
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Despite this, the one owner watch sparked a bidding war when it went under the hammer at Lockdales in Martlesham, Suffolk.<br />
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Auctioneer Chris Elmy said the superficial damage to the watch may have attracted collectors as it proved it had not been refurbished and contained all its original parts.