Exclusive Timepieces 21 –⁠ 22 October 2023 | Monaco

Auction Details

The timepieces that we are offering at this auction are coming from all over the world and from some of the most prominent collections.
An incredibly impressive selection of truly rare Rolex Daytonas. A stunning and rare Cartier watch. A Patek Philippe in platinum from the 1920s, coming to auction for the first time, the John Goldberger Calatrava, which is one of the most sought-after reference 530s, to name but a few.

Session I: Saturday 21 October, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 108
Session II: Sunday 22 October, 10:30 AM – lots 109 to 172
Session III: Sunday 22 October, 2:30 PM – lots 173 to 281

52 Rolex Very Well Preserved and Rare, Datejust, Automatic Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Made for the Royal Saudi Arabian Forces, Reference 16 018

Estimate: € 5,000 –⁠ 10,000

Sold € 9,750

Model: Datejust
Reference: 16 018
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1985
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 3035
Case N°: 9 219 827
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case

Since the launch of the Rolex Datejust in 1945, the date-only model has become one of the brand’s most recognizable timepieces. The epitome of a classic wristwatch, the Datejust model boasts a wide array of innovative dial variations. Among the many iterations, preserved in excellent overall condition, the present reference 16 018 is a rare example of an 18K gold watch supplied to the Royal Saudi Arabian Forces. A long-standing tradition in Middle Eastern countries, wristwatches has long been used as tokens of appreciation on behalf of ruling monarchs. The fascination of the Arab world with fine timepieces is further highlighted by the fact that some military institution and governmental departments requested and obtained bespoke timepieces bearing insignia or department names on the dial. The present watch perfectly exemplifies this practice. Manufactured in yellow gold and preserved in incredible condition, the dial of this timepiece is special having been personalized with the Royal Saudi Arabian Forces crest at 6 o’clock.