I was amused to read of a street cleaner in England who's found no less than four extremely expensive wristwatches in the sewers of his town. The Daily Mail reports:
He was already in line for a five-figure windfall after finding a Rolex watch in a drain.
Now contractor Arron Large could treble his money to £60,000 [about US $95,000] after discovering three more expensive watches.
The 28-year-old spotted the first timepiece while jet-washing a roadside drain a week ago.
Rather than quietly pocketing it, he handed it in to police who told him he could keep it if no one claimed it within 30 days.
The day after speaking to the Daily Mail about his good fortune, he found an identical watch in a drain 100 yards away.
Hours later, another two watches turned up in the same place where he made his first lucrative discovery. Experts say the four watches would cost £60,000 to replace.
Mr Large, from Rayleigh, Essex, said: ‘I told my colleague, “You’re not going to believe me but I’ve found another one”.
‘He said “Shut up” but when I took it out and wiped it off, I realised it was another Rolex. Then I found the other two. It’s quite amazing.
'To be honest, it’s baffled everybody. Perhaps they were stolen and hidden there. Or maybe someone had a guilty conscience and dumped them there.’
. . .
A [police] spokesman said: ‘We are keeping all lines of inquiry open, and these include the possibility that these watches may have been hidden by a criminal looking to dispose of stolen goods.’
There's more at the link. Here's a video report about the find.
I've never understood the fascination of very expensive timepieces. To me, a watch is a utilitarian item. I buy it to tell the time - not as a piece of jewelry or an ostentatious display of wealth. Still, for those who can afford them, I'm sure they get a lot of satisfaction out of owning masterpieces like these four watches. I'd love to know whose they were, and how they ended up in the sewer! Kudos, too, to Mr. Large for handing them in. Honesty like that is all too rare nowadays.