Rolex. A fine and rare 18K gold automatic calendar bracelet watch with Arabic dial inscribed 'Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan' and Arabic day and date  Day-Date, Ref: 1803, Circa 1967

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Rolex. A fine and rare 18K gold automatic calendar bracelet watch with Arabic dial inscribed 'Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan' and Arabic day and date
Day-Date, Ref: 1803, Circa 1967

Sold for £ 31,312 (US$ 41,002) inc. premium
Rolex. A fine and rare 18K gold automatic calendar bracelet watch with Arabic dial inscribed 'Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan' and Arabic day and date
Model: Day-Date
Reference: 1803
Date: Circa 1967
Movement: 26-jewel Cal.1556 automatic, adjusted to 5 positions & temperature, No.DD03****
Dial: Silvered, signed in Arabic Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, applied gilt baton hour markers, black outer 1/5th second divisions, magnified Arabic date aperture at 3, Arabic day aperture at 12, gilt baton hands with luminous inserts, centre seconds
Case: Brushed and polished tonneau form, screw down back and crown, fluted bezel, No.182****
Strap/Bracelet: Fitted polished President link
Buckle/Clasp: Signed folding clasp, personal engraving 'AM'
Signed: Case, dial & movement
Size: 36mm
Accompaniments: Rolex presentation box, Chronometer Certificate dated 30/01/68

Footnotes

  • This watch was gifted to Diplomat Antoine Minassian M.B.E. (1922-2017) and comes direct from the family. He served with the Foreign and Commonwealth Embassies in Iraq, Iran and Tunisia as well as being the Middle Eastern expert for the department of Trade and Industry. He gained his M.B.E. in 1959.

    During his time in the Middle East the Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, now president of the United Arab Emirates, presented Antoine Minassian with this Rolex Day-Date. It was common for a watch to be gifted for services but rare for it to be the Rolex Day-Date which was reserved as a high honour.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the inscription to the dial reads Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and not Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
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Rolex. A fine and rare 18K gold automatic calendar bracelet watch with Arabic dial inscribed 'Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan' and Arabic day and date  Day-Date, Ref: 1803, Circa 1967
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