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The timepiece was made by the BBC props department for the memorable 1996 episode Time On Our Hands, which finally saw the Trotter brothers realise their dream of becoming millionaires. 

In the episode, Raquel’s antiques dealer father spots an old watch that had sat for years on an oven hob in her boyfriend Del’s garage. 

Her father correctly identifies it as the historic missing Harrison watch and it is sold at auction for £6.2million – causing both brothers, played by David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst, to hilariously faint in shock. 

Three watches were made for the episode and the one now up for sale was used in the TV auction scenes. 

The 3in by 4in watch belongs to an anonymous collector who acquired it after filming had finished. 

It will be sold by Aston’s Auctioneers in Dudley, West Midlands, on September 20. 

The watch has been verified by Perry Aghajanoff, president of the Only Fools And Horses Appreciation Society, and comes with a certificate of authenticity. 

Steve Kennedy of Aston’s said: “There is a huge market for anything to do with Only Fools And Horses. Such an iconic item with its history is sure to create a huge buzz.

 

“We have given it an estimate of up to £15,000, but at the end of the day you can never be sure in this business – it could go for well above that. The watch was used in the show’s auction scenes, so it’s nice that it has come full circle and will now go under the hammer in real life. It is unclear what became of the other two props – you would have to ask Del and Rodney.” 

The BBC watch never contained a movement, but the TV storyline is based on historical fact. 

British clockmaker John Harrison drew plans for the H6 watch in the 18th century, but it was never made. Experts believe that had it come to auction it would have sold for about £6million. 

In 2007, one of the two remaining BBC prop watches was stolen from the Only Fools And Horses Museum in Diss, Norfolk.


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