Exclusive Timepieces 7 –⁠ 8 December 2019 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide selection of very fine vintage timepieces, property of various prominent collectors will be presented in this sale. Including a fine selection of Longines Chronograph coming from one of the most important collections worldwide.

143 Rolex Exceptional and Special Datejust Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Reference 1601, With Sweep Centre Seconds, Date, Rolex Bracelet, Green Khanjar on the Dial, Made for the Sultanate of Oman

Estimate: € 12,000 –⁠ 24,000

Sold € 15,600

Lot Description

Model: Datejust
Material: Yellow Gold
Reference N°: 1601
Year: 1972
Case N°: 2909309
Caliber: 1570
Movement type: Automatic
Bracelet: Yellow Gold
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement

For decades, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust has always been the modern archetype of the classic men’s wristwatch. Created upon a special order from the Sultan of Oman, His Majesty Qaboos bin Said al Said in the early 1970s, the present example of Rolex Datejust was part of a small request of exclusive timepieces. This Rolex Datejust reference 1601 is in fact bestowed with the rare and desirable green Khanjar: in the early years of the 1970s there were no official watch sellers in Oman, so most of the watches made by various brands with “Khanjar” dials were supplied through the ultra high-end retailer Asprey of New Bond Street in London and very occasionally through their Geneva branch. The lot offered here is a very well preserved yellow gold example of reference 1601, in production from 1959 till 1977. Its beautiful yellow gold Oyster riveted bracelet is decorated with the bark motif which is recall on the bezel while the whole yellow gold case it’s in almost unworn conditions. The dial, as previously mention, offers the rare green Khanjar logo on a charming champagne background with yellow gold applied baton numerals and date at 3 o’clock. This is the perfect specimen for rare watches carrying arabic logos.