Drain cleaners in Essex were amazed to find a stash of watches in a number drains they were cleaning. The watches, including a Rolex, were found during routine drain maintenance in Southend-on-Sea.
The Rolex was verified as being a genuine Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph and was valued at around £21,000.
Three more watches were found while cleaning other drains in the area, all of which were handed into the Essex police. The police now believe that the watches may be linked to a robbery or burglary in the area.
PC Patrick Soontorn stated:
“To find one watch in a drain is one thing. To find three more within feet of one another is another, so that’s part of our investigation.
“It possibly could be a burglary or a robbery. Someone may have stashed it there and may have forgotten where they’ve thrown it.”
The lucky drain cleaner has been told that if no one claims the watches over the course of the next month, he will be able to keep his find.