OK, so on the surface this story is nice and simple. Philip McColl, a sailor who had his engraved Rolex Submariner (a commemoration of his 1988 World Championship win) stolen in 1998 returned to him by Christie’s auction house. Good news story, right? Well, the actual story is a little more complex.
Turns out that Christie’s contacted Mr McColl way back in 2016, asking if he wanted to buy his watch back. Click here for more on that. Mr McColl, presumably miffed that an auction house was trying to sell him his own stolen watch, went ahead and sued Christie’s.
Fast forward to 2019 and Christie’s has returned the watch to McColl, after a court order. A happy ending for McColl, and a big ’ol caveat emptor for everyone else. Read the full story here.
Our biggest takeaway, though? Get your watch engraved. Just in case …[tt_in_content_assets_2]