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

61 Rolex Special and Attractive, Datejust, Automatic Wristwatch in Steel, Made for the Royal Saudi Arabian Armed Forces, Reference 16 030

Estimate: € 5,000 –⁠ 10,000

Sold € 13,000

Model: Datejust
Reference: 16030
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel
Year: 1980
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 3035
Case N°: 6 437 199
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement

Over the decades Rolex produced many different references for the Datejust and many special dials with company, event logos, military insignias, Middle Eastern rulers’ signatures and probably many other. Among them, there were the military forces of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia such as the Army, the Navy, the Air Forces, the Air Defense or the Saudi Arabian Armed Force exactly like the one present on this lot. This reference 16 030 with tonneau-shaped case has been realized in stainless steel. The very good conditions of the watch are clear at each glance. The blue dial sees applied yellow-gold baton numerals with points of luminous material at the end still intact. The cyclope shows the date at 3 o’clock and at 6 is positioned on the crest of the Saudi Police Force: the swords seem to come out of the dial due to the freshness of their three-dimensional color.