Goodwill shopper flips $6 watch for $35,000

Zach Norris said he recognized the 1959 Jaeger-LeCoultre diving watch while shopping for a golf bag cart at Goodwill.

By Ben Hooper
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PHOENIX, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- A Phoenix man said the $6 watch he bought at a Goodwill thrift ship turned out be a rare 1959 timepiece that he was able to sell for $35,000.

Zach Norris said he was looking for a pull cart for his golf bag at the Goodwill store on 43rd Avenue in Phoenix when he recognized a $5.99 watch as a rare 1959 Jaeger-LeCoultre diving watch.


"Sometimes they just miss it, they don't know," Norris told KTVK-TV of Goodwill employees. "It's not a very fancy-looking piece. You have to know what it is."

He said only about 900 of the watches were produced.

Norris said he was able to sell the watch for $35,000 on website and the buyer even threw in a $4,000 Mega Speed Master watch.

Norris said some of the money will be donated back to Goodwill, and he and his fiancée have plans for the rest.

"We are planning a wedding," he said. "We've been planning a wedding for a while, but now that we have the extra funds we're going to go ahead and start taking care of everything. We're excited."


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