Exclusive Timepieces 22 –⁠ 23 April 2023 | Monaco

Auction Details

The Monaco Legend Group team has put together an astonishing selection of rarities in the horological field. From the Unique Piece Rolex Yachtmaster, former property of the late President of Rolex Patrick Heiniger, to an outstanding example of the Patek Philippe 2523-1. Not to mention the great selection of rarities destined for Middle Eastern market, such as a Rolex Submariner and Daytona from the Sultanate of Oman and a steel Daytona with UAE emblem on the dial.
Many thanks to Auro Montanari, alias John Goldberger, Roberto Randazzo and George Pakkos for their significant help in supervising the catalogue and to Eric Tortella for his assistance in searching for some of our rarest Patek Philippe watches in his database and releasing his passport of authenticity for them.


Session I: Saturday 22 April, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 100
Session II: Sunday 23 April, 10:30 AM – lots 101 to 164
Session III: Sunday 23 April, 2:30 PM – lots 165 to 261

216 Rolex Well Preserved and Sought-After, Datejust, Automatic Wristwatch in Steel, With Saudi Arabia Crest Logo, Reference 16 220

Estimate: € 6,000 –⁠ 12,000

Sold € 9,750

Model: Datejust
Reference: 16220
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel
Year: 1989
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 3135
Case N°: L344642
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement

The Rolex Datejust ref. 16 220 was first released in 1989 featuring the firm’s upgraded cal. 3135. Made in stainless steel with a stainless steel, engine-turned bezel and quickset function, retains a classical 36 mm case and is nowadays still iconic as it was when firstly introduced in the mid-1940s. The example here offered is very well preserved with a cool jubilee steel bracelet and silvered dial, but not a simple dial. Over the years, mostly during the ’50s until all the ’80s, Rolex has made many dials with logos and military insignia. Primarily, for the Arab market. The one depicted on this 16 220 represents the Saudi Arabia. Coat of Arms of Saudi Arabia, better known as the Saudi Swords, represent the foundation of modern Saudi Arabia which resulted out of the fusion between the kingdom of Hejaz and the Sultanate of Najd. The palm tree represents vitality and growth while the crossed scimitars symbolize justice and strength rooted in faith. Displayed above the 6-hour position, the black crest is perfectly intact, full of charm and perfect for every Rolex collection.