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

68 Patek Philippe Remarkable and Rare, Calatrava, Automatic Wristwatch in White Gold, Integrated Bracelet, Blue Dial With Iraki Emblem Logo, Reference 3606-1

Estimate: € 8,000 –⁠ 16,000

Sold € 13,000

Model: Calatrava
Reference: 3606-1
Case Material: White Gold
Bracelet Material: White Gold
Year: 1970's
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 28–255
Case N°: 527781
Movement N°: 1 285 079
Dimensions: 32.5 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Accessories: Extract from the Archives

Patek watches have long been favored by Sheiks, army officials and the ruling party in the Middle East. It comes as no surprise that these timepieces were also their gift of choice, particularly in the 1970s. During this time, Patek received a number of special orders for dials featuring the coat of arms, or the names of the royal family. The present watch is an outstanding Calatrava for a number of reasons. Most notably, the watch is fitted with an Iraki dial, featuring the Hawk, emblem of Iraki. Watches fitted with this dial were made on a special order for governments or prominent royals to mark important events or milestones, these “Arab logo dial” timepieces were never available for public consumption in retail stores. The well-preserved bracelet with a special pattern is integrated to a perfectly rounded stepped case with a snap on the back in 18k white gold. The blue dial with baton numerals and dauphine hands is the perfect example of simplicity and elegance while the Iraki emblem logo makes the whole watch as fascinating as it is attractive.