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
53 Rolex Fine and Rare, Air-King, Automatic Wristwatch in Steel, Silver Dial, Made for the Saudi Arabian Royal Crest, Reference 14 000, With Rolex Service
Estimate: € 4,000 – 8,000
Sold € 8,450
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel
Case N°: N554289
Dimensions: 34 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Accessories: Pochette, Service, Invoice and Tag
The Air-King model is one of the most underestimated watches ever produced by Rolex. The Air-King reference 14 000 was produced from 1989 to 1999 with the brother ref. 14 010. The only difference between these two references is that the 14 000 has a smooth steel bezel while the 14 010 has an engine-turned steel bezel. Its predecessor, the reference 5500, was produced for 31 years, making it one of the longest production runs of any Rolex model. The elegant Oyster case of 34 mm with screw down crown and back is in really good conditions and equipped with a stainless steel Oyster bracelet with folding clasp. The dial presents applied baton indexes with luminescent dots and hands, but the most important characteristic is the rare and attractive crest of Saudi Arabian Royal Crest logo at 6 o’clock that makes this watch a really collectable piece. Over the decades Rolex produced many different references and many special dials with company, event logos, military insignias, Middle Eastern rulers’ signatures and probably many other. The signature below the logo means “Fahd” in arabic, thats stands for Fahd Ibn And al-Aziz which was the ruler from 1982 until 2005. This watch was given as a gift to some higher levels foreign workers in the Oil or Arms industry who temporarily in Saudi Arabia or Diplomats.