A Vietnam vet brought a beautiful Paul Newman Rolex to the Antiques Roadshow. The vet, who saw the watch on pilots’ wrists, kept the watch in a safety deposit box for years, taking it out occasionally.

He paid $345.97 for the Rolex Oyster Cosmograph Reference No. 6263 in 1974.

Appraiser, Peter Planes, a watch valuation expert from Luxe Auctioneers in Palm Beach, FL, was impressed.

?It?s one of the rarest Paul Newman models, and in this condition, I don?t think there?s a better one in the world,? he said. He valued the watch at $500,000 and $700,000.

The vet, understandably, fell over in shock.

?This appraisal hits the Roadshow trifecta: an extremely rare item, a personal backstory that shines a light on our country?s history, and a fantastic guest reaction,? Marsha Bemko, the show?s executive producer, said in a statement.

?For the first time ever, we had a guest so overcome by the valuation of his treasure that he falls to the ground in surprise. But don?t worry, he gets back up to finish the appraisal!?

ByJohn Biggs

John lives in Brooklyn and has loved watches since he got his first Swatch Irony automatic in 1998. He is the editor of WristWatchReview.