A schoolboy from Sydney finds a vintage Cartier watch worth $20,000 at Balmoral Beach

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A student from Sydney made an incredible discovery of a vintage item worth $20,000 after an intensive search on the beach.

A Sydney student discovered an astonishing piece in the sand of Balmoral Beach, Sydney, when he found a vintage watch worth $20,000 that had been the subject of an intensive search throughout the day.

The watch belonged to a seventy-nine-year-old man who had lost it after his regular morning swim at the popular beach.

The elderly man apparently took off his watch just before 7:30 am on Tuesday and placed it in the pocket of his shorts before going for a swim.

About an hour later, when he had returned to his car, his son, Justin, received a distressed call from his father, telling him that the watch was missing.

“My father was really upset,” Justin confided to the Mosman Collective.

A schoolboy from Sydney finds a vintage Cartier watch worth $20,000 at Balmoral Beach

“He parks his vehicle in the same spot and swims in the same spot every day, but even retracing his steps, the watch couldn’t be found.”

“My parents told me that a watch had been lost there,” Josh told 7NEWS.

The ten-year-old boy went to the beach after school, equipped with his faithful metal detector and a small trowel.

His mother said that her son and her husband, Simon, didn’t hold much hope as the watch was very valuable and had been lost throughout the entire day.

However, after just over a minute of searching in the sand, Josh detected a signal in the sand.

A schoolboy from Sydney finds a vintage Cartier watch worth $20,000 at Balmoral Beach

“I dug about twenty centimeters deep, and there it was, right near the steps leading to the beach,” he told the local newspaper.

“When I found it, I was very happy – I thought I could bring happiness back to this sad man.”

Josh said his elderly father was “upset” when the ten-year-old returned the watch to him, which he had bought in France forty years ago and was “one of his most cherished possessions.”

To thank him for his honesty and hard work, the family reportedly gave him a little “pocket money” as a reward.

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