When Air Force veteran David appeared on the traveling TV series Antiques Roadshow brandishing his old watch, it’s highly unlikely that he realized the heirloom would be worth such a staggering sum. In fact, when he found out its true value, he appeared to drop to the ground in a dead faint. But just how much was David’s Rolex worth – and how had he been unaware of its incredible story for almost 50 years?
However, David had not enjoyed the kind of life that allowed him to indulge his love of Rolexes in the lap of luxury – far from it. He was drafted during the Vietnam War. At the time, all young men aged 18 to 25 were assigned a number for each draft lottery. And when a number was pulled, anyone with that digit or less – and who was eligible to be part of the military – was called up to serve.