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Christie’s “The Dubai Edit” Watch Auction Will Sell Rolex Limited Editions

October 13th, 2020
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Christie’s will carry out the special “Watches Online: The Dubai Edit” digital auction for the UAE market between October 15 and 29. The auction event will provide customers with the opportunities of virtual viewings and online bidding.

Moreover, people who want to see the watches in person can book an appointment at the Dubai office of Christie’s in Dubai International Financial Centre. The timepieces on sale will be available for viewings between 10 am and 8 pm until October 14.

The Dubai Edit watch sale consists of 161 lots, and Christie’s billed it as “the most valuable online watch sale ever” with a total estimate of about £3.84million.

However, this particular auction for the UAE market will feature unique Rolex watches that will not only appeal to dedicated auction-goers but also the first-time bidders.

Watches Online: The Dubai Edit – Highlights

The director of Christie’s watch department in Dubai, Remy Julia, will turn up with a Rolex that was exclusively created for the British Royal Navy in 1977 for serious collectors.

The steel Rolex Submariner Milsub Reference 5513/17, enlisted as the lot 155, was equipped with specifications of British Ministry of Defense.

  • For instance, the watch features a legible symbol for the radioactive isotope Tritium. It is indicated as a circled T.
  • Moreover, this Submariner Milsub comes with a marked case-back, displaying a Ministry of Defense unit number, issue numbers and military broad arrow symbol.

It is one of the most valuable timepieces on sale at this Christie’s Dubai auction, having an estimate between £107,278 and £183,920.

Another Rolex watch as chosen by watch experts of Christie’s is a steel and white gold Sky-Dweller.

  • Listed as lot 132, Rolex made this Reference 326934 for the UAE Ministry of Defense.
  • And it is estimated to fetch between £19,162 and £38,324.

However, Lot 127 consists of white gold and diamond Rolex Day-Date. This Rolex Reference 1803, sporting an oxblood dial, was developed for the Sultanate of Oman. The auction house estimates it to fetch from £38,324 to £61,306.

Another Rolex at Christie’s The Dubai Edit auction is a steel Daytona, also created for the Sultanate. Enlisted as Lot 128, this Daytona Reference 116520 has an estimate between £22,984 and £50,000.

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Another unique Rolex watch with military provenance as chosen by watch expert Mathieu Ruffat is an extremely rare gold Day-Date.

  • This Rolex Reference 18238 of 1995 is listed as Lot 23 and was made for the UAE Armed Forces.
  • However, this “very rare” watch comes with a champagne dial that flaunts the UAE flag complete with a golden eagle in the centre.
  • The dial also displays a star for all seven emirates.

This gold Rolex Day-Date Reference 18238 is estimated to sell for £9,194 – £13,792.

There is also a highly coveted Rolex Submariner from 1961 on sale. It is a steel Submariner Reference 5512, Lot 154 with pointed crown guards and a rare black gloss dial.

  • However, the dial exhibits two lines of gilt printing.
  • While a watch like this can be very rarely spotted in the market, its demand is expected to be higher.
  • It is evaluated to fetch between £22,990 and £38,317.

Other Unique Watches on Christie’s Dubai Watch Sale

Christie’s “The Dubai Edit” watches sale will also include two Patek Philippe watches and an Omega.

The Omega watch is a pink-gold and diamond Seamaster, flaunting a portrait of Bahrain’s Sheikh Isa Bin Salman AI Khalifa on the dial. It has an estimate of £7,662 – £11,493.

On the other hand, The Dubai Edit is offering two Patek Philippe watches.

  • The first one, Lot 90, is a 1980s keyless, skeleton timepiece (Reference 912), embellished with gold, pearls, rubies and diamonds.
  • This unique, ornate Patek is one of the only five iterations known to have been ever produced, having an estimate of £26,819 – £38,314.

Another Patek on sale is a scarce Nautilus in steel and gold from 1982. Patek Philippe has made no significant changes to the Reference 3700/11AJ since its debut in 1976.

However, the more interesting fact is that only 20 of this Patek Philippe Nautilus are known to have popped up in public. Thus, it makes the Reference 3700/11AJ on sale worthy of its estimate £19,149 – £26,809.

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