Benjamin Sexton holds his father's watch, which was
returned to him yesterday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
A man reunited with his late father's watch says the
public's response after he lost it has made him proud to be
Benjamin Sexton (24) had all but given up on getting back his
family's Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch after
losing it in the Meridian mall on Sunday and ''couldn't
believe it'' when a Meridian manager yesterday brought it
into Michael Hill Jeweller, where he works.
''The guy walked in with my watch in his hand. I was playing
with earrings and then I looked up [and saw it].''
''I [had] actually started accepting it was gone and I was
getting quite down about it.''
The watch was left to him following the death of his father,
after whom he is named.
Being reunited with the watch meant he would be able to wear
it at tomorrow's University of Otago graduation, where he
will graduate with a bachelor of commerce degree.
This was of special significance to him and his family and he
were planning to give the watch to his brother, so he could
wear it when he graduated later this year.
Before losing the watch he had spent hundreds of dollars
having it restored and had just got it back from a
Queenstown-based jeweller after it was rebuilt with original
It turned out Mr Sexton had lost the watch only metres from
his work, where it was found by a Meridian cleaner.
The cleaner, who was off work for the next two days, handed
it in after seeing the story in yesterday's Otago Daily
Mr Sexton met the cleaner yesterday afternoon and was going
to thank him by buying him some beer.
He also wanted to thank police and the Meridian staff who had
helped track down the watch and everyone who had offered him
support on social media.
''The Dunedin community has been so supportive - it's been
awesome. It makes me proud to live in Dunedin.''