A Miracle At Ebay
Here is a sweet story for you: A man lists his Rolex for $9.95 on E-bay, and sells it for a whopping $66,100, right before the holidays! This will inspire many to dig through their "junk" to see if there is something that can make them at least enough money to carry them through holiday shopping.
A retired neurosurgeon, who just went by his first name, Bob, for this story, had purchased a Rolex Submariner dive watch at the Navy Exchange on Kwajalein Atoll in 1958, for scuba diving. By the mid-1960s, he wore it rarely as his diving slowed down. In the 1980s, he resurrected his scuba diving hobby and started using it regularly.
The watch served well through different periods of his life, but now in his nineties, Bob, no longer involved in scuba diving, decided to sell it. When the watch was listed on E-bay, the savvy E-bayers realized this watch was no ordinary one. It was a vintage Rolex Submariner dive watch, one of a kind once worn by Sean Connery in an early Bond film.
When the bidding rose to $30,000, Bob, who could not believe his eyes, asked his son to do some research on the watch’s significance and value, discovering the checkered history of the time keeping machine.
Although the watch was sold for a staggering price, the watch-enthusiast site Hodinkee.com thinks the true value of the watch could be much higher. When Hodinkee asked Bob if he had any regret selling this watch at this price after learning that it is a piece of history and worth much more, he replied, "None at all."
This was the first interesting angle of the story for me, Bob did not regret selling it cheap, but why didn’t he? Is it because he is in his nineties? Does it mean that anyone reaching the age of ninety suddenly loses attachment to money? Why do we all run after money in the first place?
Then, think of it what was the chance that the E-bayers would discover the true worth of the watch in time to bid? Contrary to most people’s belief, E-bay does not always fetch the best price, many times items are unsold, because the item went unnoticed.
In my host of thoughts, I also considered the phenomenon that Deepak Chopra calls "living in total connectedness with God" when miracles happen as natural occurring events. Is this a miracle that just transpired, because Bob’s desire to sell the watch at a good price was connected to the source that people call God?
By the way, if in this picture a man resembles Christopher Reeve to you, you have good eyes, as it is Christopher Reeve, , who happened to be a friend of Bob's.