This story contains both an unimaginable stroke of luck and also severe naïvety (stupidity?) on my behalf.
In 2003 I was still quite "fresh" and not very competent in a watch collecting sense.
It all began in a local very traditional farm yard auction.
Two complete homes of two deceased elderly people were on auction and it was a lot of junk. Since I am always looking for 50:ies and 60:ies designer furniture I quite frequently visit these types of auctions or flea markets. I generally always find something but this time there was nothing, absolutely nothing.
We were just about to leave when I saw a little box containg some old (empty) wallets and eyeglass cases. I looked around the box and saw something shimmering in the bottom. I saw it was some old watches. Among them a nice, old and very small Eterna "Baby Chronograph". Then my knees went all "soft" and a thousand butterflies started to excavate my intestines. In the bottom lay an older Tudor sports watch. I directly recognized its "James Bond" features. I took it up and owning a Rolex before I immediately recognized its genuity. I whispered to my girlfriend:
"-Hey, this watch is worth a LOT of money". The lot number on the box was quite high so we had to wait a very nervous time before it was auctioned. I looked around and the audience was the usual lot; people mostly looking for crystal or old country furniture. Not the "collectors" type of audience but still I couldn't be sure, perhaps someone other knew...
The bidding started and the auctioneer didn't even mention the Tudor in the box, he just said:
"-Lot number 179; a few wallets and some old watches!". The first bid was £8 GBP (!!!). I bidded along with three others. At £20 GBP we were two bidders left. I looked at the other bidder and thought, does he really know what is in there or is he just bidding on "some old watches"? We raised in steps of £2 GBP (!).
At £30 GBP he stopped and the box, with the Tudor, was actually sold to me for the ridiculously low price of £30 GBP +10%.
So, I should have ben content with this stroke of luck, shouldn't I?
Well just about anyone in the VRF community would have but not me. No, no, I just had to mess it up and this is the way it went...
As said earlier, I was not enough competent to recogniize the real value of the 7922. Also, what I was REALLY after was a Rolex Sub.
So, not kowing the real value I guessed that I should at might (!) be able to trade it for a nice vintage Rolex Sub. I guess I should have done my home work somewhat better but I was so blinded by the possibility of getting a REAL Rolex Sub that I later the same year approached a collector in the UK. An not before long the trade was done.
At the time I was extemely happy with my new Rolex but after a while I started to realise the REAL value of the old Tudor 7922 that I just "got rid of". My only consolation is now that at least I reckon that it is resting with someone who REALLY appreciates the value of the 7922.
I still have thr Rolex Sub (a 16800) and, after all I am very happy with it. But I just wish I would have had a LITTLE bit more patience and that I would have done a little more effort to find out what the 7922 really represented in rarity and value.
At least I did a couple of scans and below is one of them so you all will be able to see "my precious" 7922 .
As you see it has a very unusual dial configuration with "100/300" and also a rare seconds hand.
The bezel is with the red triangle. The case was in unpolished shape with the beveled lugs and the satin sides very much intact. It also came with a 6636 expanding Rolex bracelet with the very rare "straight" bracelet end links in quite good shape (not flush to the case).
A final word; I have "moved on" regarding the particular watch but there is one thing though that still really bothers me.
The collector who traded the Tudor 7922 for the Rolex 16800 (which I still own) also promised me an additional small watch related item (of a nature which I do not want to reveal here). Up until the final trade actions the collector had behaved like a real gentleman but after the watches had switched owners somheow he forgot about the extra little watch related item he had promised me. Unfortunately after several e-mails (over several months) and no response I gave up.
This is a pity but I guess not even highly regarded and respected collectors can be trusted to a 100%. These days I am VERY careful in dealing with just about anyone.