Mystery 007 watch has licence to thrill on Christmas day

The Rolex Oyster watch was found to be real

A JAMES Bond-style watch which was mysteriously donated to a charity shop has been sold to help the homeless.

The 1950’s Rolex Oyster, made famous as the timepiece worn by Ian Fleming’s literary hero, raised £750 for ShelterScotland.

It’s believed the watch was bought by an Edinburgh resident as a Christmas surprise for her husband.

The watch, with a pigskin leather strap, stainless steel body and bevelled glass face, was donated anonymously last month to ShelterScotland’s Morningside shop in a bag of other items.

Staff at the shop initially dismissed the luxury wristwatch as a replica, but after an independent valuation realised they had stumbled on to the real thing.


Paul Knowles, manager of ShelterScotland’s Morningside shop, said: “We’re over the moon that the watch raised so much money and grateful to everyone who made a bid.

“We’re pleased that the watch is getting a new lease of life and hope the new owner is pleased with his very special Christmas present.

“Of course the money raised is also a very welcome Christmas present for ShelterScotland. Every penny will go towards helping people in Scotland find and keep a home.”

Graeme Brown, Director of ShelterScotland, added: “Although we don’t know who donated the watch we would like to thank them for their generosity.

“We welcome all donations to our shops, no matter how big or small, and it’s always humbling to know that people want to help ShelterScotland.

“Without this support we would not be able to deliver our vital services and campaign for the end of homelessness and bad housing.”