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Rum o’clock! Watch containing drop of 230-year-old tipple sells for £15K

A RARE watch containing a drop of the world’s oldest rum, dating back more than 230 years, has fetched almost £15,000 at auction.

The limited edition Speake-Marin titanium timepiece includes a vial of Harewood Rum which was distilled in 1780.

It takes the place of the 11 o’clock mark to signify the time sailors in the Royal Navy were allocated their daily rum ration.

The unique Swiss watch, which was one of only 49 made, was expected to fetch between £5,000 and £7,000 at auction.

But yesterday it was sold for a total of £14,674 at Birmingham’s Fellows Auctioneers.

Senior watch specialist Michael Jagiela said: ‘We are so pleased to have sold such a unique piece.

‘Speake-Marin are known for being an innovative watchmaker.

‘It is unusual to see such an outstanding timepiece come up for auction, and it was a privilege to be able to sell it.’

In 2011, bottles of the prestigious rum were found in an old cellar in the Harewood Estate near Leeds — which had been left untouched for hundreds of years.

Wealth Solutions bought the rum, before beginning the Rum Watch project with watchmaker Speake-Marin.