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One careful owner... <br />
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A rare Rolex watch bought 50 years ago for £69 has made its owner over £170,000 at auction.<br />
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The tearful vendor watched on as his beloved 1963 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Submariner went to a collector from the Far East for a small fortune. <br />
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The timepiece, comprising a stainless steel bracelet watch with a 3-6-9 Explorer upper underline dial, attracted interest worldwide as one of only a handful of its type to ever appear on the market. <br />
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The owner consigned it for auction after seeing a very similar watch sell for a world record price of £192,000 earlier this year.