Antiques Roadshow expert John Benjamin discovered a glaring error on a Cartier wristwatch in a recent episode.
The BBC star was left stunned when the ‘charming’ watch was brought to be valued by the expert at Stonor Park in Oxfordshire.
John was utterly delighted when he laid eyes on the sparkling vintage piece of jewellery, but was soon left baffled after he discovered an error that threatened its price.
During the episode, John took a trip down memory lane while chatting to the owner of the Cartier watch.
“This is an absolutely charming little bracelet watch and I have to be honest with you, it reminds me of the very first piece of jewellery that I ever recorded on a Roadshow nearly 30 years ago.
“And it was a Cartier wristwatch.”
Sharing the history behind the dazzling piece, the owner of the watch explained that it belonged to his wife, and it was passed down through her family from a great aunt.
He reckoned it may have been from the 1930s, but John suggested it was created well over a decade earlier.
After he had a good examination of the Cartier wristwatch, John discovered an error which he couldn’t believe he missed at first glance.
Reporting back to the owner of the watch, John explained: “If I look at the tongue piece, it’s stamped, is nine-carat gold.
“In other words, the strap is completely wrong for it.
“Finally, when we look at the marks on the back, did you happen to notice that mark there? That’s a little French platinum mark.”
He went on: “So, the watch head we’re assuming is Cartier. That strap though is not right.”
Unfortunately for the owner, John revealed that the error would have an impact on its value – but not too much.
“There’s a little bit of wear and so I’m going to take that into account.
“I think if I were putting it into auction, my opinion is about £4,000 to £5,000 for it,” John confirmed.
Naturally, the owner was incredibly happy about the figures, and didn’t seem too bothered about the mismatching strap.