Man buys Goodwill watch for $6 and sells it for thousands

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PHOENIX -- A man in Phoenix bought a thrift store treasure for $5.99 and then sold it for thousands.

Zack Norris hit the thrift store jackpot when he bought what he thought was just a watch.

It turned out to be a rare 1959 Jaeger-LeCoultre watch.

When he bought it, the watch was priced at $5.99.

"The center face dial moved and when that happened that's when I knew it was real. I didn't even want to give it to her to scan," he said. "I was like, you can scan it in my hand if you want to. I just didn't want to let it go."

A collector himself, Norris raced outside to call his little brother.

"I'm like uh so I just got out of a Goodwill, and he's like 'what did you find?' like he already knew, it was exciting," Norris said.

There were only about 900 of the diving watches ever made.

"I knew I didn't want to keep it because it's kind of above my means to have a piece like that," he said. "I had a couple of good offers."

After his find ended up on, a watch collectors website, a collector in San Francisco bought the watch for $35,000 and threw in a $4,000 Omega Speed Master watch to sweeten the deal.

Norris said anyone can find treasure at thrift stores.

"You can do it. Research everything," he said. "Just take your phone in there and if you see something that looks goofy, you haven't seen it before, Google it. You never know."

Norris donated some of the profits back to Goodwill.

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